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Letters

  • Let’s see how it all turns out

    In regard to the article of Dec. 26 on the “rusty” NMHU Student Center, I have to agree with Jesus Lopez to a point. The overall exterior design, while interesting, does not seem to fit with the rest of the university’s architecture; however, there it is and there it will stay.

    I suggest we wait three or four years and then if there is a general dissatisfaction with the building’s exterior, changes should be considered. In the meantime, let’s use the $38,000 on other improvements to the campus.

    Milton Deemer
    Las Vegas

  • Question linger about reservoirs

    I was surprised to read about the karst deposit problem below Peterson Dam. When I first read the headline, I figured it must be something about the fault lines below the dam along the highway. But I was told some years ago by a geologist at Highlands that these faults were “dormant,” so not to worry. Well OK, but aren’t there some hot springs right around the corner?

  • A right, reasoned response to tragedy

    The terrible tragedy of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting has energized good-hearted people who, horrified by the violence, are demanding that assault weapons be banned. Their desire to “do something” is understandable and laudable. The outpouring of prayer, kindness, comfort, and shared grief is sincere, appreciated, and a blessing to those who are mourning. It is the only place to start.

  • Animals a part of Jesus’ birth

    I understand that in his new biography of Jesus Christ, Pope Benedict XVI points out that, contrary to popular belief, there were no oxen, camels, donkeys or other animals in the manger.

    I am a Catholic, but I have a tendency to disagree with our pope.

    I was but a child in preschool when I was told the Christmas story. It was a donkey that carried Mary to Bethlehem where Baby Jesus was born. We learned and sang about the shepherds and their sheep, the camels who carried that three kings.

  • Mil Gracias - Dec. 24, 2012

    Our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive was a great success again! Thanks to all who contributed. We were able to give 110 boxes of food with turkeys to needy families in our community.

  • A desperate Christmas wish

    My wish for Christmas isn’t a big one or even a greedy one. My wish is to bring Cindy Rivera home!

  • As for fracking, just say no

    I have already pointed out four of the misinformation about fracking that Mr. John Bemis, gave out. He also said a fifth misinformation and a veiled threat for those who oppose fracking:

  • A city-county plan more practical

    Regarding Tom McDonald’s column on Monday: As a member of the Steering Committee, I recall that during development of our Regional (Mora-San Miguel – Guadalupe) Water Plan, our local governments at the time were only peripherally involved. This may have been because there was no money attached to the plan, and therefore didn’t warrant participation given other irons in the fire.  
    When completed, the County Commission supported the plan unanimously, but the Las Vegas City Council was reluctant, and a resolution of support passed by just one vote.

  • Torres may have the best approach

    Maybe Josephine Torres has found the answer to the problem of excessive DUIs in northern New Mexico. She is suing Mora County Sheriff Thomas Garza for failing to protect the public from drunk drivers.

    When you read in the Optic that so-in-so has been arrested for his 9th, 10th, even 11th, DUI, you have to wonder why this keeps happening here. You don’t see this in other parts of the nation, where these chronic offenders would have long since had their vehicles impounded and been thrown in prison.

  • 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.