• Passing mistake on to taxpayers

    Us taxpayers are stuck with Fries Fiasco and/or Lopez’ labyrinth. They didn’t know the rust panels were part of the new building! Now, they want us to pay additional monies to Franken for a color change! Must be nice to think you can just play with taxpayers’ hard-earned salaries and taxes.

    Malfeasance or stupidity — just pass it on to the taxpayer.

    Watch this space — my office will be broken-into, again.

    J. Emilio Aragon
    Las Vegas

  • Mil Gracias - Jan. 14, 2012

    In the course of a good friend having a short stay in the local hospital, I was reminded of what caring, dedicated nurses, doctors and CNAs we have here in Las Vegas. They embody the best of the helping spirit, and of Humanity for that matter.

    I don’t wish a hospital visit on anybody, but when it happens, I think locals will be reminded of what good people, full of heart, we have around here. I really deeply appreciate all those in the medical/nursing profession.

    Jim Terr
    Las Vegas

  • Are human rights off the table?

    Having just celebrated our holidays of love, faith, and fellowship, we write to remind us all of men and women around the world who are unjustly imprisoned or threatened with violence because of their defense of human rights.

    As your neighbors who belong to Amnesty International, we write letters, send emails, and make telephone calls, urging remedy and prevention of human rights abuses.

  • A spiritual perspective

    To the San Miguel and Mora County Commissioners:

    I’ve been doing a lot of research on fracking and I’m alarmed at the dangers this will have on our environment, and our health. Reports from government agencies that have been studying the issue, and testimonials from people residing in communities back east and from communities in Colorado and Wyoming are horrific. Particularly frightening are the impacts on our water, air, livestock and human health.

  • Mil Gracias - Jan. 11, 2012

    We at Alejandro Rivera Substance Abuse Program and Amistad y Resolana would like to thank you for supporting the first Sobriety Ball.  It was a great success and it would not have been possible without the help of the community.

  • County needs a balanced approach

    Our County Commission is in the process of evaluating an oil and gas ordinance for San Miguel County. This is a good process and we support a reasonable outcome, with solid environmental regulations. However, as currently drafted, the ordinance would effectively ban all oil and gas activity in the county, with its restrictive regulations. We support a balanced and reasonable approach that allows both jobs and environmental protection. The proposed ordinance won’t do that.  

    The people here will benefit from the economic activity, as they do around the state.

  • Mil Gracias - Jan. 4, 2012

    On Dec. 23, the Las Vegas Police Officers Association conducted a toy drive where off-duty officers, family members and volunteers were able to distribute toys and jackets throughout the city. The officers along with Santa drove around neighborhoods and handed toys to children who were in the area. This was all made possible by the generous donations made by several businesses and individuals.

  • 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.