• Let’s stand with Mora County

    Some native Americans decided what actions to take, or not take, by considering the effect of such action on the seventh generation down the line. They looked to the future and wanted what was best for their grandchildren’s grandchildren.

    They looked to future generations and did not just care about themselves.

    There is an old saying: The mark of a wise man is that he can look to the future and know what is most likely to occur. So, if fracking were to happen, what is most likely to occur?

  • Enforce anti-tethering law

    Winter is almost here and I’m concerned about the chained dogs I continue to see on my walks. I was at the Las Vegas City Council meeting in February of 2013 when an anti-tethering ordinance was passed, so I’m confused about dogs still living chained 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Sometimes the dogs I see have short hair and have poorly built doghouses. This can be a miserable situation for a dog in winter.

  • Welfare programs address needs

    Recently a Letter to the Editor in the Optic by Mr. Ray Herrera disparaged people who utilize Federal and State poverty programs, including those that address food insecurity, such as the food stamp program now called SNAP. His view is that “Government dependency is a horrible thing that leads to generations of pride-less, lazy, unmotivated parasites being supported by the hardworking folks who have earned every penny of their retirement incomes and Social Security.”

  • Garcia was a ‘great man’

    On Oct. 24 Peñasco Blanco, Ledoux, El Carmen, Mora and Mora County lost a great man, a neighbor, a friend, a legend, at the age of 95. I had the honor and privilege of knowing Juan Pablo Garcia for well over 30 years. I always called him Juan Paul. Being in the sawmill business as well, I always “looked up” to him. He was very genuine, proud, stoic, dedicated, personable, well respected, well-known and hard working (according to one family member he was still using a chainsaw at the age of 92.) If you knew this man, you were blessed... If not, you truly missed out.

  • Christmas cookies

    Christmas cookies for sale at Walgreen’s two weeks before Halloween underscores boldly the madness of the marketplace.

    Well, Halloween is over. “Trick or Treat! Smell my feet. Give me something good to eat. I bask in the bliss of stuffing my face with sugar and corn syrup. I worship s’mores.”

    The season moves into russet-leaved scenes of a peaceful and  prosperous table around which those who gather share a feast that should be known by all — even the least for whom such scenes exist as a fable.

  • 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.