• Voters made the right choice

    Congratulations to Tonita for her well deserved, hard fought and clean run-off win. Tonita’s victory has broken the cycle of the influence of self-seeking individuals, affluent citizens, selective business owners, political cronies and big money which have divided our community for many decades. With Tonita’s win along with councilman David Romero’s re-election the people will continue to have a voice as our community moves forward.

  • Water belongs to the soil

    Several weeks ago, I sat through one week of court proceedings where many city hired “water experts” and two attorneys promoted the idea, the water in the Rio Gallinas should belong to the city. My imagination started to wonder what could happen in 15 or 20 years when a few city elected officials took control of all the water in the river.

    I feel the water belongs to the soil where river bottom land may be needed to produce food for future generations.

  • Writer responds to criticism

    Right to Life ,  Right to Free Speech and  Right to Property!

    This letter is in response to the letter  published in the Las Vegas Optic dated April 25 titled: “Everyone has a right to free speech” and signed by Rosalie Regensberg.

    First, “Foolish words fall on deaf ears.” In my opinion the message  in my letter is more important than to  distract attention to the readers with arguments far from the reality in my letter. That would be the subject  of another letter.

  • Mil Gracias - May 2, 2014

    April 28 through May 2 is Jury Appreciation Week. The Fourth Judicial District Court would like to extend its gratitude to all the citizens of San Miguel, Mora and Guadalupe Counties who serve on jury duty.
    Chief Judge Abigail Aragon, Judge Matthew Sandoval and Judge Gerald E. Baca would like to update the public on the improvements made by the Fourth Judicial District Court to jury service.
    Effective May 1, a toll free jury number (1-844-454-2955) will be provided to jurors who are out of the 505 calling area so that jurors do not incur long distance phone costs.

  • Government by, for and of the people

    If a Community Rights Ordinance is unconstitutional, then the word constitutional has no meaning. A community rights ordinance is written to return power to communities to protect themselves from greedy corporations.

  • 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.