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Letters

  • Gov uses NMHU as political football

    Governor Martinez had picked Carl Foster to be NMHU’s new regent. Yet he had been so angry at NMHU that he filed a suit against the school. But last Thursday he dropped the suit. So this is okay? Now he is the best candidate for the position so important to NMHU’s continued success?

  • Income inequality or effort inequality?

    Mamá, dame una galleta. Mommy, give me a cookie. We all started pretty much the same way. Dame, dame, dame (give me, give me, give me).

    Some of us grew up on the maker side of things others, on the taker side of the equation. Somewhere along the way we developed personal responsibility and initiative and actually earned our school clothes and an occasional treat to the movies.

  • Subsidies are nothing new

    In your editorial you say “We certainly understand the governor’s frustration over the state being asked to subsidize Amtrak.” Do you also understand the governor’s eagerness to subsidize oil company drilling in New Mexico? Or the space port? Or any of the other 54 subsidies listed by goodjobsfirst.org?

    I’m sure the vast majority of these subsidies went for good causes such as training costs. They no doubt benefited the workers and the communities in which those workers live.

  • Good family forced into ruin

    In the Pecos Valley, along the access road, a family built a small store and gas station and served the people there for many years. They had installed a new fuel system to comply with changed standards, but recently the standards changed again. This very small business was unable to comply, the cost was too high. The owner once said to me that only the big guys can survive in this world.

  • An invitation for area seniors

    Residents of San Miguel County who will be 50 years of age or older are invited to register for the Senior Olympics.

    Senior Olympics is an organization dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles for all seniors age 50 and older through education, fitness and sporting events.

  • Deputy announces run for assessor

    I, San Miguel County Deputy Assessor Patricia Gallegos, a Democrat, announce my intention to run for San Miguel County Assessor.

    I have more than 20 years’ experience working in the San Miguel County Assessor’s Office. I held the position of mapper then the position of first deputy for six years under former San Miguel County Assessor Albert T. Padilla and currently eight years for San Miguel County Assessor Elaine A. Estrada.

  • Council candidate asks for your vote

    My name is John Lucero, and I’m running for City Council Ward 1 in the upcoming March 4 election. I’m running on a Clean and Quiet campaign slogan. I am a friend of the people. I am the owner and operator of Lucero’s Security and Investigation and have 45 years law enforcement experience.

    I strongly believe ... that a change is needed. I will work with the present City Council and also with our mayor, Mr. Alfonso Ortiz for more unity and a better city government. Your vote is greatly appreciated...  

  • Solar energy could improve economy

    One thing that doesn’t rise as consistently as the sun is our employment rate. The solar energy industry could help to change that though, because like the sun each morning, jobs in the solar industry are on the rise.

    The solar industry has added over 20,000 jobs since November 2012, a 19.9 percent increase, which is more than 10 times the national employment growth rate of 1.9 percent. The best part about these jobs that are being created is that most of them are paid a living wage! Right now New Mexico is ranked 10th in the nation for solar jobs per capita.

  • Reader: Cartoon disguised the truth

    Some weeks ago, the Optic ran an editorial cartoon that epitomizes the Democratic Party’s stand on abortion:

    1) The anti-abortionist was pictured as a loony caveman with a club, holding up a diminutive woman by her hair, i.e. anti-abortionists are stupid, predatory men.

    2) The pro-abortionist was “Lady Justice” on a pedestal saying “No” to the pro-life thug. We are to understand that she is the wise and protective one.

    3) The object of their disagreement was however not pictured, i.e. the life of a baby. I wonder why?

  • Broadband rules must be overhauled

    Antiquated telecommunication regulations are holding New Mexico back. According to the 2013 Mercatus Center report “Freedom in the 50 States,” New Mexico suffers under some of the heaviest regulatory burdens of any state. The Rio Grande Foundation has spent a great deal of time researching and exposing many of these burdensome regulations, which can undoubtedly improve the economic climate in New Mexico at no cost to the taxpayer.