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Letters

  • Lunch ruined by traffic stop

    While returning from lunch with a friend, he chose to steer safely around two large potholes in front of the Mills plaza and didn’t notice a police cruiser, some distance behind us. At the light, my friend waved at the two officers, who had pulled alongside.

    A siren blurt cued my friend to pull out of the officers’ way, but to our chagrin, they pulled us over. The officers were polite with immaculate uniforms, but they soon lost my respect.

  • A job well done by commissioners

    Item 10 on the Agenda at last Tuesday’s regular Commissioners meeting, was a vote on whether to extend the moratorium against drilling (fracking) in San Miguel County for another eight months.

    This was the culmination of months of public forums and hearings, gathering thousands of signatures on petitions and “public input” at Commission meetings addressing the debate between the economic “blessings” vs. the certain risk to our most precious resources: our water and the air we breathe.

  • Fundamental questions

    Imagine a single gas that comprises less than 4 percent of the 1 billion cubic miles of Earth’s atmosphere, is causing calamitous changes to the entire planet’s weather. Isn’t that totally incredible?

    Well so incredible, that I have a few questions about it:

    • Baseline Accuracy: Since thermometers in the 1890s were comparatively unsophisticated with a margin of error of a degree or so, and their surrounding environments were cool rural, why should I believe today’s air temperature has increased a degree or so?  

  • Transplanted radicals in town

    I recently heard that an average of 10 people a month are moving out of Las  Vegas.

    Unfortunately most of these people are native Las Vegans who cannot  earn a living.

  • Time to say no to drilling interests

    An open letter to the San Miguel County Commission:

    You are probably aware that 1 million to 8 million gallons of water is needed to frack one gas well one time, and they normally require more than one fracking effort to get the gas.

  • Much worse than what Mathis did

    I can name many a former judge, elected officials, city and county administrators, school teachers, board members, school administrators, former DA’s, several police officers, county jail guards and school coaches who have done far worse than Judge Mathis. The only difference is Judge Mathis didn’t cry, hire attorneys or engage in any cover-up, nor did he try to use political influence to wittle out of “Se porto como un hombre. Y se las trago.”

  • Why tolerate the act of spitting?

    Hundreds, if not thousands, of times a day in public places around the city, countless citizens, primarily men, openly [flout] a city ordinance — in other words, the law — and rudely spit, blind to social and health implications of such selfishly ignorant displays.

    Without pride or self restraint, there is no way society will thrive. What a pity.

    As a phenomenon I don’t know when spitting became acceptable. But once ensconced, it quickly became a big hit with the multitude of degradations assaulting a structure lost in a daze.

  • Mil Gracias - March 15, 2013

    First Born of Northern New Mexico would like to thank the community for the support we received at our recent Mardi Gras Gala Event. We plan to make this an annual event and the overwhelming support of businesses and individuals made a fun and productive evening.  

  • Letters, columnists Optic highlights

    I agree that the letters to the editor are the most interesting part of this or almost any other newspaper (Editor’s Note, Feb. 25), and I hope and trust they will keep flowing as the Optic transitions to new management.

    I also appreciate Art Trujillo’s clever and interesting columns, and Jesus Lopez’ local histories — both excellent — and hope both will continue as well.

    Lopez’ historical interviews are now posted on a website, www.LasVegasNMHistory.com

    Jim Terr
    Las Vegas

  • Nepotism cases in Mora and at Luna

    Regarding the Feb. 22 letter from Rosalie Regensberg: The recall complaint didn’t mention nepotism and I won’t bother to rehash it now except to say that the groundwork was laid then for what Mora County has today, i.e. a half-finished monstrosity of a courthouse that can’t be used and that the county hasn’t the money to finish.

    She does, however, have a valid point about current potential nepotism cases.

    Ed Littleton
    Ojo Feliz