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Letters

  • It’s religion, not science

    This letter is in response to the “View on abortion based on science” letter (by Frank Splendoria) in the Aug. 9 issue of the Optic.

    I agree with you that we should look at abortion and the continuum of life scientifically.

    Scientifically… the U.S. National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health reports that 15-20 percent of women who know they are pregnant have spontaneous abortions (miscarriages — with no medical intervention).

  • Writer shares memories of Cargo

    My father, Ernie Olivas, loved politics. I was saddened and crestfallen to hear of the death of former New Mexico Governor David Cargo. He was a good friend of my father’s.

  • People need to say ‘enough is enough’

    When are we as a community going to say enough is enough. Las Vegas has, in the last (few) months, not lost just one, but two primary care physicians. Not to mention the number of specialists who have moved through the revolving door called Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

    Community Health Systems is a Tennessee-based company (that) has no interest in Las Vegas and its people unless it is included in the profit numbers and the bottom line.

  • Mil Gracias - Aug. 23, 2013

    The San Miguel County DWI Preventing Education Program would like to express our gratitude to the following businesses for your generosity in contributing to our Community Prevention Education efforts: Southwest Capital Bank; State Employees Credit Union; LV/SM Chamber of Commerce; LV/SM Economic Development Corporation; Wells Fargo; Community 1st Bank and Expert Auto Detailers.

  • Keep debate on rally civil

    A few things occur to me after reading all of the letters to the editor about the bike rally.

    One is that those who are truly convinced of the merits of their positions do not need to resort to sarcasm, personal criticism of others and preposterous suggestions concerning how to handle the ever-burgeoning bike rally and issues arising from it.

  • City plays game of hide-and-seek

    Am I the only one who would like to see what Mr. Paul Cassidy, the city’s contract financial adviser, discussed with Moody’s officials? Is there any chance we taxpayers may get this in writing?

    The city administration has thrown Ms. Tana Vega under the bus, saying “...she was able to pull accurate figures to refute the information that Moodys had.”  Did these figures even consider that we must maintain a nine- to eleven-million reserve, versus the current and approximate $4.0 million buffer from our Gross Receipts Tax revenues, etc.

  • Prairie dog killing contest inhumane

    There is probably no more ruthless predator than man; yet as far as we know, man is the only being with a spiritual conscience. Then why does man do unconscionable acts such as the mass killing of wildlife?  

  • Mora Fiestas filled with tradition

    The Mora Fiestas ... are usually held on July 25 and 26, which is interesting because as long as I can remember all the men ride horseback on July 25, which is the day of St. James, and the women ride horseback on the 26th, St. Ann’s day.

  • Rep. Lujan votes to protect Rio Grande

    No one disagrees that clean water  and a healthy Rio Grande are fundamentally important. Without a clean Rio, communities supported by farming would suffer, and New Mexicans’ drinking water suffers.

    That’s why it’s disappointing that the U.S. House of Representatives (recently) voted to block the restoration of Clean Water Act safeguards that help keep our waterways like the Rio Grande clean by including a dirty water provision in a water-related spending bill that makes sure critical safeguards are excluded.

  • Teacher evaluation system is flawed

    I am writing in regard to the (Associated Press) article discussing a new teacher evaluation system in New Mexico. If the article is accurate, the system needs to be reconsidered for the simple fact that the evaluation of anyone is not an isolated activity but rather part of a process.