• Why was Mr. Einer’s petition denied?

    I just read the informative (Feb. 1) article “Activist sues county clerk”, by Martin Salazar and my first response was, What? How is it possible that the county clerk could stop a petition from moving forward? It is my understanding that she is in the position to review a petition for content and form and nothing more. So, how could Rivera have denied Mr. (Lee) Einer’s petition in the first place? What right did Rivera have to deny him, and by what authority?

  • Licenses for all: sensible, sane, ethical

    On Tuesday, Jan. 15, in her State of the State address, Gov. Martinez announced that repealing drivers’ licenses for the undocumented will again be a legislative priority for her.

    The defeat in the Legislature of previous  attempts to deny drivers’ licenses to the undocumented makes one wonder if the resurrection of this issue is nothing more than political grandstanding.

  • Mil Gracias - Feb. 8, 2012

    The Greater Las Vegas Lions Club extends its heartfelt thanks to everyone in the community for purchases and facilitating our annual Holiday Pecan Sale. This is our major funding source for providing assistance to those needing financial help in securing an eye exam and a pair of glasses. Once again, we will be able to continue our work because of your generosity.

  • The naked truth about fracking

    Frank Splendoria’s letter to the editor (published Jan. 18) asserts that I have yet to provide “credible evidence” demonstrating fracking’s proven toxic legacy; specifically, calling one of my two sources cited (www.fraccidents.com) “unabashedly biased.” However, Mr. Splendoria neglected to provide any evidence of bias.

  • Today’s fracking is in its infancy

    While Frank Splendoria is still waiting for credible evidence, let me respond to his letter to the editor published on Jan. 17.

  • Conflict seen in candidate’s bid

    As a longtime and former employee of Luna Community College, I still take interest in the college and hope it continues to address its primary goal of providing quality education for area students, who constitute the majority of its student body. I was employed as Luna’s first maintenance supervisor when it opened as a vocational school in 1970. I continued there until I retired after a 23-year tenure.

  • On eve of elections, thoughts on education

    … I once did a study on how teamwork affects children, and I recall a little example I found in a science book. Science has discovered about why geese flying south along a river fly along in a “V” formation. As each bird flaps its wings it creates uplift for the bird immediately following. By flying in a “V” formation the whole flock adds at least 71 percent better flying range than if a bird flew on its own.

  • Insulted by editorial cartoon

    I’m very displeased and insulted on the inaccuracy of that editorial cartoon published in the LV Optic on Jan. 18. First and foremost, my heart goes out to the people who lost their lives in the Connecticut slaughter and other victims of violence done by the very few mentally unstable people. One person dead, is way too many people dead.   

  • Balanced approach ‘won the day’

    Balanced approach ‘won the day’

    We would like to commend the San Miguel County Commission for the public hearing it held Jan. 10 on the proposed oil and gas ordinance. For the first time, all sides participated in the debate.

  • Letter writers raise good points

    This letter is intended to address two letters to the editor in the Optic on Jan. 18. I would like to praise Kim Reed-Deemer for her legitimate concerns regarding critical questions of regulations and enforcement having to do with gas and oil drilling in San Miguel County. I agree with her doubts about adequate environmental protections under the current state of affairs. In the long run, I wonder if the monetary gain to San Miguel County would be worth it to our youth and the wellbeing of every resident.