• Cherry-picking energy facts

    When I call home (Las Vegas) and chat with my mom, it’s always great to go through the rundown of headlines in Vegas. It’s often the case that I know many of the issues already because I read through the “Optic” online and I chat with friends on Facebook regularly.

    But my conversations with my mom allow me to see the community through her eyes.

    When she raises an issue in the course of our conversations, I know it’s something lots of other people are also talking about.

  • Dispelling a citizenship rumor

    I am writing to correct a misapprehension currently being floated around Mora concerning my citizenship. Certain parties, trying to prejudice my candidacy for school board, are claiming that I am not a U.S. citizen.  

    I was born in San Francisco, as was my father. He was an MIT physicist who worked for the AEC, including frequent visits to New Mexico at White Sands. My American father and English mother were married in Honolulu where his father, a bird colonel in the U.S. Army, was stationed at the time.

  • The amendments comparison

    Regarding (Tom McDonald’s) “Free Speech and Gun Rights” (column): A couple of comments on your comparison of the First Amendment to the Second Amendment:

    The “limitations” you mention on free speech (falsely yelling “fire” in a crowded theater and defamation) both are declarations of the fact that the First Amendment does not protect false statements. These limitations are not what we might call substantive.

  • Meeting raises questions of scope

    On Jan. 10 I attended the public input meeting at the County Commission regarding gas and oil drilling in San Miguel County. I left with the feeling that we’re not getting all the information about the actual scope of the situation.

  • Still waiting on credible evidence

    No comprende. Recent letters to the editor by Diana Presser and Jesus Rivas, again demonstrate there is little evidence that fracking is a big problem, yet there are so many good people who believe it is. I’m still waiting to see the unbiased, credible sources that warrants their concerns.

  • Where’s the water coming from?

    That is a question that County Commissioner Ron Ortega asked proponents of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” time and again at last Thursday’s hearing on fracking. Some of them suggested the industry would truck in the necessary water. Another one said that the market would take care of it, supply and demand.

    A Halliburton whitepaper on reducing water cost during fracking states: “Typical drilling and completion operations use approximately 4 million gallons of water (or 1,000 truckloads).”

  • Meaningful gun laws need to be passed

    I feel informed after reading (Tom McDonald’s column) titled “Free speech and gun rights,” published on Jan. 7.

    The public is ready to accept meaningful laws relevant to tighter gun control, particularly related to the use of assault weapons. However, we already see and understand that new regulations, like ones already on the books, are highly unlikely to be enforced. First, let’s write regulations that must be enforced, that the regulators can and will use to regulate the action that is begging to be regulated.

  • Mora Co. manager doing excellent job

    Thank you, Mr. Tomas Sanchez, for all you do for Mora County.

    After many years away from Holman, we decided to retire here, and in 2001 we built our retirement home. While we were away the Tramperos Bridge culvert was installed and no provisions were made for the erosion on the opposite bank, which eroded our property enormously.

  • Mil Gracias - Jan. 18, 2012

    I am writing to let the people of Las Vegas know that there is an establishment in your community that went out of its way to assist a stranger that had broken down on the highway on Dec. 22 at 4:45 p.m. This establishment I am referring to is Michael’s Precision Automotive.

  • Columnist cherry picked the facts

    Regarding (Tom McDonald’s column) “Free Speech and Gun Rights” in the Jan 7 paper:
    I’m disappointed in the way you cherry-picked the facts when drawing comparisons between proponents of free speech and gun rights.