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Letters

  • Human Rights Day

    Where does the U.S. stand on human rights? While we can point to improvements in some areas, rights are too often ignored or attacked by the politicians we have elected to govern our country.

    During our recent unenlightening political campaign, the most important human rights issue of our time was never seriously mentioned: global warming and climate change.

  • Factual sources about fracking

    (Regarding Frank Splendoria’s letter published Nov. 30): I did not provide any sources regarding the reasons I support a ban on fracking because, in the Google age, anyone can “fact check” anything — as we know from the recent presidential debates. Of course, not everyone owns a computer or is computer savvy, so I respect your expressed openness to an honest discussion about the proven toxic legacy of fracking.

  • Clearing up ‘misinformation’

    In the Optic of Nov. 21, Mr. John Bemis, a former oil and gas employee, claimed: “There is so much misinformation about oil and gas that it’s our job to get the facts out ...” and then proceeded to give quite a bit of misinformation of his own.

  • Tell whole truth on global warming

    After reading your article on mixing oil and water (Editor’s Note by Tom McDonald, Dec. 3), I felt compelled to reply. I don’t know you — but I’m not making any judgements here. As a journalist and an editor, I believe the whole truth needs to be told to the public and I find your views one sided and unreliable.

  • Revisit policy on effluent water

    An open letter to the mayor and councilors:

    My family and I live in an historic district of Las Vegas. My wife and I have roots here going back many generations. We love our community and support any and all efforts to improve and beautify it.

  • Streets trashed after light parade

    Trash, trash and more trash was all over the streets of Las Vegas that served as a route for the “beautiful” light parade.

    It is amazing that people can sit there eating and drinking while they watch this beautiful entertainment that the city has put together for their enjoyment, and then get up and go home, leaving all their trash behind.

    The city streets are part of our habitat, just as our homes are. However, I don’t think we would just leave trash in the same manner at our homes.

    Geneva Benavidez
    Las Vegas

  • Be a hero, help return service dog

    It has now been four weeks since my black-and-white Shih-Tzu was abducted from my house area.

    This little dog is more than a pet, she is a family member. She is my service dog; I am a disabled veteran.

    I plead with the person who has her to return her. I am still offering a reward and no questions asked. Please call 429-4972 or 429-4515.

    Maybe you don’t have her, but look around, does a friend or neighbor? Please encourage them to do the right thing. Be my hero as I was when I served for your freedom. Please help bring her home.

    Charlotte Wootton
    Las Vegas

  • Whooping cough prevention

    I was very sorry to hear of the recent New Mexico infant whooping cough deaths, one in San Miguel County. The state Department of Health has information important to all families and caregivers of infants about protecting them. Since babies are too small to be vaccinated against whooping cough, and aren’t fully protected until they get all their boosters, all adults who will be around them need to get an update to their pertussis vaccine.

  • Profit, not property rights respected

    Because fracking contributes to the degradation of our water, our air and our  health, I am opposed to it. But I am also concerned about the fact that if a corporation wants to frack on your property and you refuse to sign, the corporation will maneuver to frack your land against your will.

    In a recent news report, Reuters uncovered that in Texas, the state approved most of Chesapeake’s requests to drill on land that owners refused to lease.When profit is involved, property rights are not respected.

  • An ‘Ultima’ blessing

    In response to Art Trujillo‘s “Work of Art — Ultima, Ultimately” (Nov. 21, 2012) column, I would like to share a story of my own.

    About 10 years ago, while serving as a hospice chaplain in southwest Iowa, I stopped one day at a nursing home to meet a new patient of ours. I shall refer to her as Margaret, a lady in her late 70s of German and Czech heritage. She had recently been referred to hospice care with terminal cancer which, among other things, had metastasized to her brain and destroyed her eyesight.