• Reader disputes account of shooting

    This letter is regarding the video district attorney (Richard) Flores viewed regarding the Mr. Urban Shooting by state police.

    We are hoping and praying the FBI or whoever is investigating the Boyd killing in Albuquerque views the video regarding the supposed PIT maneuver that never existed.

    The shooting of Mr. Urban happened while Mr. Urban’s minivan was still in motion. We know what we saw and heard and would like the video released to the public.

    Helen Vargas

  • Pray for lives lost in South Korea

    The recent sinking of a Korean ferry and the loss of hundreds of vacationing high school students is a tragedy hard to comprehend, for the students and their families. May I humbly suggest that the people of Las Vegas take a minute at 6 p.m. this evening to pray or send good wishes and comfort to the families in Ansan, Gyeonggi, South Korea, in hopes that they might feel the love from this good-hearted town.

    It couldn’t hurt, and maybe the “group effort” at one moment, might help the message get there.

    Jim Terr
    Las Vegas

  • Everyone has right to free speech

    Someone called to tell me that I had better put my pen away now that my son Randall was running for Mora County commissioner.

    Everyone knows that the day I put my pen down is the day I’m six feet under.

    Anyhow today I want to comment on two things. First of all, I’m proud of the Mora school board’s decision to dedicate the track to the Chavez boys. They are very deserving of such an honor.

    The other issue is the letter written by Nancy Quintana to the Optic regarding the value of water.

  • Money or natural resources

    This letter is written in response to the letter by John T. Romero which appeared in the Optic on March 28, 2014. The letter is full of unsubstantiated claims and assertions. The writer ­— in one fell swoop of the pen — paints a picture of the county of Mora being subjected to a cost “well over $1 million.”

  • Is U.S. reaching ‘Core Standards’?

    An important event took place last month in Geneva, Switzerland, but few in the United States, apart from human rights advocates, knew anything about it.

    The U.S. ratified the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights about 20 years ago. In effect, this treaty is an international Bill of Rights. In ratifying the treaty, the U.S. agreed to abide by its provisions and to report at regular intervals to the UN Human Rights Committee, composed of experts in human rights law, to give an accounting of our progress in meeting the standards of the treaty.

  • Mil gracias - April 25, 2014

    The school of Social Work would like to give a special thanks to Sara Harris and Fiesta de La Hispanidad for their support and sponsorship of two NMHU students.

  • A day of reckoning

    It was with a great sense of satisfaction when I read (the April 2) Optic that the individuals culpable in the deaths of the two men placed into their care were arrested and charged in their deaths.

  • Not a class act

    On Tuesday, April 8, the San Miguel County Commission held its monthly meeting. The room was packed. The main item on the agenda was the vote to be taken regarding a two-year extension of the fracking moratorium now in place, the same two-year extension that had just been recommended by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

  • Protect the land from drilling

    In regards to Mr. (Jacobo) Pacheco’s recent letter, I couldn’t agree more with his stand to save what little is left of our land and water, not only in Mora County, but all of northern New Mexico.

  • Politicians should follow beliefs

    On Palm Sunday we heard the about the traitor Judas, and how he betrayed Jesus. We were also told of Pontius Pilate “washing his hands” of Christ’s Crucifixion.

    It reminds me of those so-called Catholic politicians (you know who they are), who say they do not support abortion because they will not impose their beliefs on others. They wring and wash their hands as Pilate did. But what of the millions of wasted little ones they choose to ignore?