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Letters

  • Water rate hike will hurt poor

    The minimum (city utility) rates, which include sewer and trash have already increased, as has tax from about 7 percent to 8 percent.

    In 2004 the minimum (city utility) bill, including sewer and trash, was about $36. Now in 2012 the same bill is $53. That’s a difference of $12.

    Unless there is a pay increase in local wages, Social Security and disability, it seems a water rate increase may very well over-burden our poor and working-class citizens of Las Vegas, N.M.

    Susan Salas
    Las Vega

  • Ordinance would be a ‘betrayal’

    The county’s process for developing oil and gas regulation reeks of corruption.

    Lets start with the Citizen’s Oil and Gas Task Force. Half of the people on the task force have financial ties to the oil and gas industry, including Karin Foster, attorney and lobbyist for the Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico. Yes, she sits on the task force, and she represents over 300 oil and gas businesses. Foster’s not even a county resident; She lives in Albuquerque. Why is she on the task force?

  • Palestinian writer should be released

    During the People’s Faire this year many people wrote letters at the Amnesty International table in support of the Palestinian writer Ahmad Qatamesh. He was arrested by Israel almost 17 months ago and still has not been charged with a crime. No one has accused him of acts of violence, and many believe he was arrested for daring to write in support of a policy that would create one country where both Jews and Arabs would live together with equal rights. For some Israeli Jews this is a dangerous idea and must be suppressed.

  • Mil Gracias - Sept. 21, 2012

    This year’s Millfest can be summed up as great people, great weather and a great time. On behalf of everyone who participates in the millfest, I would like to thank our millfest sponsors for their invaluable assistance in helping put this event on.

  • Gridlock, debt are Democrats’ fault

    How can you perpetuate the lies against the GOP as regards to gridlock and the national debt as stated in your Sept. 3 editorial?

    Great damage was done during the Democratic-controlled Senate and House from 2001 to 2010: A fact never mentioned by leftist media.
    Thank God, the GOP took over the House in 2010 to slow the damages created by uncontrolled liberals! Every budget the House has proposed since 2010 is buried by the Democratic-controlled Senate. This Democratic Senate is the cause of all gridlock!

  • Reproductive rights an economic issue

    Glaringly absent from Frank Splendoria’s Sept. 7 letter was any mention of poverty and social justice. Very strange, considering these issues are directly relevant to “the principle[s] of the profound, inherent, and equal dignity of every member of the human family.”

  • Vote for Obama and Heinrich

    I am a Democrat ... and I am urging all of my fellow Democrats who live in San Miguel County to turn out and vote for President Barack Obama and Senate candidate Martin Heinrich on this Election Day.

    I am especially asking all of the Latinos For Obama to turn out and vote for Obama and Heinrich on Election Day, because we cannot win this election without you.

    Keith Campbell
    Yuma, Ariz.
     

  • ‘Trickle-down’ has been discredited

    Mitt Romney gave the American people a dose of voodoo economics in his interview on Meet the Press this past Sunday.

    He wants to lower taxes for everybody, thereby stimulating the economy. This same trickle-down theory has not grown the economy since invented. He wants defense spending at 4 percent of GDP yet he told the VFW that he wants to increase it by $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years. Then he said that he would eliminate the deficit by the end of his second term. These are contradictory goals.

  • Mil Gracias - Sept. 14, 2012

    On behalf of my wife, Eloisa, and my children, Carlos, Nora Juarros, Mary Ellen Gallegos and Clara Garcia, we would like to thank Wagon Mound School Superintendent Albert Martinez and the members of the Board of Education for approving a resolution to name the school administration building the Zack and Eloisa Montoya Administration Building.

    Special thanks go to Mr. Tom Herrera for initiating the proposed naming and bringing the idea to Superintendent Martinez, who then presented it to the board.

  • Fracking poison water, air, us

    I want to thank Tom McDonald for his (Aug. 27) editorial asserting what the oil and gas industry’s carpet-baggers will not tell you, our commissioners (including Ron Ortega), or Ron Barela; namely, that the hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), over 60 years and a million wells later, has proven to cause irreparable harm to the groundwater, livestock and humans living on or near fracking sites. The long and well documented history of “fraccidents” (including fatalities) speaks for itself.