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Letters

  • Mil gracias - March 14, 2014

    Because of the dedicated readers of Las Vegas and surrounding communities, the Las Vegas branch of the AAUW was able to hold another successful used book sale, this year at the Sala de Madrid. Thank you. Thanks also, to the Optic, especially Art Trujillo and Mercy Lopez, for the informative coverage, to Margaret Gonzales at Highlands for her assistance and to Highlands University for the use of the Sala during the two-day sale, and to UWC-USA for storage space at U-7.

  • Las Vegas needs Amtrak service

    Back in August of 2009, when I was inquiring about the Rail Runner Service being extended from Santa Fe to Raton, I wrote to then-Gov. Bill Richardson. He referred my letter to the Department. of Transportation assistant deputy secretary.

  • We can do more to prevent child abuse

    Child Abuse is a phrase that invokes sadness, disgust and anger in so many people. We are so often bombarded by stories of children killed or permanently injured by a parent or loved one. The emotional response that follows is immediate and strong and may even bring us to tears. Then life keeps going, our daily commitments push the thoughts of this tragedy away into the back of our minds. I am asking each and every one of you to think about this further. For something that has the power to cause such a response in us, is something that should not be ignored.

  • Solar energy is key to our state’s future

    As a New Mexico native, I know first-hand that New Mexico is one of the sunniest states in the U.S. In fact New Mexico has 300 sunny days a year.

    The solar industry has increased its job growth by 19.9 percent by providing more than 23,000 jobs since September 2012; that is more than 10 times the national employment growth rate which increased a measly 1.9 percent. The increase in solar power jobs makes New Mexicans rely less on fossil fuels.

  • Solar industry is creating jobs

    As the world accumulates more waste and harmful toxins every day, it’s nice to see a step forward in our society with the growth of the solar industry, which creates more jobs every year and brings major benefits to the economy.

    The solar industry is helping enhance the job market for thousands of people and becoming more cost effective to use.

  • Read with your children

    If you’ve ever shared a book with a child, you know the joy and excitement this small but meaningful act can bring. But, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, since 1993 only 53 to 58 percent of children ages three to five received this joy on a daily basis.

    We can do better! Simply reading daily with a child does require parents, older brothers and sisters, and other caring adults to add yet another hat to the many they already wear to care for and raise a child. But by adding the reading hat to your collection, you also add great rewards:

  • Group pushing for rights ordinance

    The San Miguel County Commissioners in New Mexico appear to be, by majority, pro-drilling. When a six month county-wide moratorium expires in June, the Commissioners have indicated they intend to adopt a regulatory oil and gas ordinance that will allow fracking, and will do nothing to assert the community’s rights to say “No!” to fracking and to protect their water.  

  • Writer supports Trujillo, Baca

    I see that there are several candidates for the position of judges. The County of San Miguel voters would be wise to elect Eddie Trujillo and Gerald Baca.

    These two men are both very fair in their judgments, and do whatever they can to help  offenders rehabilitate. San Miguel County is lucky to have these two men working in the courts, and they would be wise to keep them. I know because I worked with the people of San Miguel County for 12 years. They are both a pride to their profession.

    Rosalie Regensberg
    Holman
     

  • Student urges ban on plastic bags

    I am an international student attending the United World College of the American West in Montezuma. In this moment I am writing as a citizen and constituent of Las Vegas. I am advancing a proposal for a ban on single use plastic bags to Las Vegas City Councilors, and I would like to raise the awareness on this issue around the city.

  • Wary of Gov. Martinez

    If I knew nothing else about Gov. Susana Martinez’ accomplishments and non-accomplishments, I would be very wary of her, based only on the issue she continues to flog day in and day out, “illegal immigrant” driver’s licenses.  This is her highest-priority issue, based on her incessant Facebook posts on the subject -- when she could be using her platform to discuss any number of the more serious but less emotional issues facing us.