• Letters to the Editor - March 13, 2015

    Water rights ought never be sold
    I am a citizen of Las Vegas, N.M., who uses and pays for city utilities.  Also my family has been entrusted with irrigation land along the Rio Gallinas, and using the acequia to deliver water to the land.

  • Letters to the Editor - March 6, 2015

    Leading by example
    I was surprised, if not shocked, to read in Monday’s Optic (Feb. 23) that Rock Ulibarri was “battling” with the Rio Gallinas School for Art and Environment regarding his serving as a County Commissioner. I was genuinely stunned about this issue because the educational model vaunted by the Rio Gallinas School is “expeditionary learning”: teachers and students spend one day a week going out into the community on expeditions intended to relate classroom curriculum to the world in which students live.

  • Letters to the Editor - Feb. 27, 2015

    Living wage is right thing to do
    Kudos to city councilman Joey Herrera for proposing a Las Vegas living wage ordinance.
    And shame on city councilman Vincent Howell for his obstructionism.
    Howell didn’t think twice about voting to approve a five-figure raise for Tim Dodge, but has major reservations over raising the pay of Las Vegas’ working poor above $7.50 an hour. It speaks volumes about his values, and why he should be a one-term councilman.

  • Letters to the Editor - Feb. 20, 2015

     ‘Still tiptoeing on edge of cliff’
    Snowpack is a predictor of spring melt run off. As of last week, our mountain snowpack was less than two thirds of normal. The gurus are not predicting a very wet summer.

    We have been using the river to keep our one reservoir full. It holds only about 200 acre feet. For comparison, the city delivers about 5 acre feet per day. Come late March or early April, the acequias will start getting their share of river water, and the city will start to draw down on the reservoir.

  • Letters to the Editor - Feb. 13, 2015

    Complications from measles overstated
    While the facts given in the editorial “Vaccinations Are Critical” are urgent, one should be aware of something called “completeness of reporting.” What this entails is the realization that not all measles infection cases go reported.

  • Letters to the Editor - Feb. 6, 2015

    Enforce cell phone law
    As a long-time resident of Seventh Street, who walks and drives that street often, I see at least five or 10 people daily texting or dialing on their cell phones, headed for an intersection, other cars or pedestrians. An officer in a patrol car presumably sees many, many more than I do. I am amazed that we have not read by now of a person or a family killed or seriously injured, and when we do, I’m sure we’ll see letters about leniency since “everyone does it.”

  • Letters to the Editor - Jan. 30, 2015

    Opposed to proposed mill levy
    On Feb. 3 Mora County residents in the Mora school district will have the opportunity to vote on the Mora school election. One item on the ballot is a general obligation school bond. This is an additional 3.5 mill bond on top of the two existing bonds we already have.

    If this additional 3.5 mil bond passes, it would obligate Mora tax-payers to an additional 15-plus years of increase of property tax of up to $990 on a $300,000 assessed property value.

  • Letters to the Editor - Jan. 23, 2015

    ‘Sticks and Stones’
    Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.” I learned that little rhyme in grade school where kids could get really mad and yell bad names at you.
    “Your mother wears combat boots,” was considered a nasty, derogatory statement about your mother. Kids said that.
    Perhaps Pope Francis would have benefited if he had attended Farragut School in Joliet, Ill., as I did.

  • Letters to the Editor - Jan. 16, 2015

    Lopez deserving of recognition
    Congratulations to the East Las Vegas Board of Education for recognizing Mr. Silas Lopez for his contributions to education in Las Vegas. Mr. Lopez was a teacher in the West Las High School for several years before he transferred to Robertson.

  • Letters to the Editor - Jan. 9, 2015

    Laws on unions should be changed
    Ever since I was made to leave a job because I was not a member of a Bricklayer–Laborer Union, I have been against unions. I was 14, working for my father as a laborer, and couldn’t believe someone could tell me I couldn’t work because I wasn’t part of their club.
    It’s even harder to believe that money can be taken from people’s paychecks without their permission and given to unions in New Mexico.