• 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.

  • Support your Kiss a Pig candidate

    The San Miguel/Mora County Fair Association would like to thank the participants in the Kiss A Pig Contest which is held in July and August and will end on Aug. 10 when one of our lucky contestants who earns the most money will kiss a champion pig at the County Fair.

    We hope all will receive a lot of votes as this will enable the 4-H and FFA youth to have a successful county fair. The youth exhibit indoor projects as well as the animals in the fair barns and pens.

  • Rock on, Rough Riders

    I would like to say a big Thank You to Mike and Benito and all the committee members of the Rough Riders Motorcycle group for the courtesies and kindness extended to me at Saturday’s rally and rodeo. I am 75 years young and enjoyed the rally, as I have every year.

    To the few that complain and say it’s too noisy, I say it’s no more disturbing than the diesel pickup trucks that drive our city streets every day .... and yet you complain about three days out of 365.

  • Rally benefits our community
  • Don’t stereotype motorcyclists

    Obviously John Gamertsfelder is not a fan of motorcycle riders. I do, however, support the Rough Rider Rally and am appreciative of the many people who graciously donate their time to put the event together. I attend numerous rallies and I think our rally ranks right up there as far as activities and entertainment. I disagree with (Gamertsfelder’s) statement that “many Vegeños” leave town during the rally. I saw a large number of local people at the rally this year and not all are motorcycle riders.

  • Motorcyclist offended by letter

    I Just finished reading Mr. Gamertsfelder’s lengthy letter regarding the Rough Rider Rally and had to respond. First off I take exception to being called a “Bandit” as he referred to motorcycle riders. I am a professional person and love to ride in the back of my husband’s Harley. My husband is a disabled vet and rightly so this earned Mr. Gamertsfelder a right to complain. However, given this rally is three days out of 365, maybe this should be when he should schedule a much-needed vacation instead of sitting at his desk writing letters.

  • We shouldn’t become a police state

    If you object to the National Security Agency collecting all your emails and phone messages, you are among a majority of Americans, according to a recent McClatchy-Marist poll. If you think that you have a right to know that the government is spying on you, thank Edward Snowden, who revealed the secret program.

  • View on abortion based on science

    The foundation of my thinking on abortion is based on science. I wish you all could take classes in vertebrate embryology and genetics like I did, and then tell me abortion is not destruction of human life. Let me explain.
    Life is a continuum. Our bodies are changing constantly. It all began when a sperm fertilized an egg, and continues to this day.

  • Noise ordinance should be enforced

    According to the Editorial in (last) Wednesday’s Optic, it seems that any existing noise and nuisance ordinances in Las Vegas should be, in a word, ignored at the time of the bike rally. The reason proffered is that the rally brings monies to Las Vegas and surrounding areas. Given this view, one wonders what other laws can be suspended or otherwise ignored provided monies are going into the city’s coffers?