• Montaño humbled by support

    I am truly humbled and honored by the overwhelming community support through the recent process of me seeking the governor’s appointment for the San Miguel County magistrate judge’s vacancy. I would like to congratulate Judge Eddy Gallegos and wish him well with the position.   

  • Women deserve much better

    Last year, myself and a colleague of mine took our students to a “Billion women rising” march at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Hundreds of women were walking around with notes pinned to their shirts that read, “I was raped” or “I was a victim of sexual violence.” My students heard these brave women speak, one after another, about their personal, painful, and traumatic experiences they endured.

  • Reinstatement of food tax unacceptable

    When the gross receipts tax on food was eliminated in 2005, municipalities were compensated for lost revenue by “hold harmless” distributions from the state. In 2013, a corporate income tax reduction was offset by phase-out of this policy.

  • The insane are running the asylum

    Ted Cruz and his fellow Tea Party Congressman, obviously puppets of the billionaire Koch brothers, shut down the government. Then this same Tea Party gang goes to the World War II Memorial screaming and yelling that the Memorial should not be shut down.  Heaven help us; it was like the insane are running the insane asylum. Now our own Gov. Susana Martinez, who recently spoke at a conference sponsored by the Koch brothers, is being fitted for strings.

    Greg Gonzales
    Santa Fe

  • Dawson will never be forgotten

    Thanks to the Optic for recognizing the 100th anniversary of one of the largest mining explosions in the history of the U.S.

    Dawson was  very diverse and progressive for a mining community. Every race you could think of lived and worked in this community of around 8,000 to 10,000 citizens. Every amenity that any large city had available was present in Dawson.

  • Everyone has stake in Social Security

    We all know that Social Security helps families, but we rarely stop to think how much it helps the larger economy. In fact, it helps tremendously. Social Security fuels almost $1.4 trillion of economic activity nationally — $7.6 billion in our own state of New Mexico, according to a new study by AARP’s Public Policy Institute.

  • Visit and support animal shelter

    I would like to respond to Kim Delgado’s letter in the Oct. 4 edition.

    I am so glad she wrote what she did. I very much agree with her and want to add a few things.

    I visited the shelter after it was taken over by the Animal Welfare Coalition, and I am very happy to announce that it looks really clean, and is welcoming.

    The AWC people work very hard to do all the right things for the many animals that are staying there.

    As soon as I have the opportunity I will certainly offer my services as a volunteer.

  • Tacos and green grass

    Several movie scenes were recently shot in the village of Ribera at the La Risa Cafe. (La Risa means the laughter.) The name of the movie, which is supposed to be a comedy, is Taco Valley.

  • Alta Vista available to answer questions

    Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, U.S. citizens are required to have health insurance — with few exceptions. Key initiatives of the Affordable Care Act (i.e., healthcare reform) began Oct. 1.

    As a key health provider in the northeast region of New Mexico, we want to provide education to our community members in an easy-to-understand way, as well as help them sign up for insurance through the health insurance marketplace, Medicaid and/or assistance with their premiums for medical coverage.

  • Learn more about community rights laws

    This is a public invitation to the San Miguel County commissioners to attend a presentation by Thomas Linzey, “In the Name of Sustainability: A New Community Rights Movement,” Monday, Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. at NMHU Ilfeld Auditorium, 800 University Ave.

    Everyone is encouraged to attend as well.