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Letters

  • In support of Montoya

    (An open letter to Abelino Montoya): It is with great pleasure that I write this letter in full support of your re-election to the Luna Community College Board of Trustees. I know that you have a deep passion for education because of your involvement in the community and service on the LCC Board of Trustees for the past 12 years.

  • Mil Gracias - March 1, 2013

    Thank you to Linda Leyba, Deb Green, CNO, both of Alta Vista Regional Hospital, Highlands University and the Las Vegas Community for making me feel welcome at the Healthy Woman Anniversary Celebration on Feb. 21. As a traveling speaker across the U.S., I have the privilege of visiting many cities, and the friendliness of Las Vegas was very much appreciated!
    Your resources in Alta Vista Regional Hospital and Highlands are impressive, as is your historical setting.   

  • Students valuable to our community

    Speaking of “tenants,” (a misspelling of “tenets” in Tom McDonald’s Editor’s Note, Feb. 18), I want to give a big and personal shout-out to my tenants: the students of Highlands University and Luna Community College, who bring all sorts of resources to our community, from gracing us with their personal intelligence and energy, to paying the high city utility deposits, and bringing additional revenues to our humble little town.

  • ‘Ran the Optic as it should be run’

    I want to thank Mr. Tom McDonald for all he has done to make sure the local news that is published in the Optic was there to benefit the community and local area. It is important to make sure the local media is truthful in its reporting, no matter who is affected. Mr. McDonald ran the Optic as it should be run. No bias and only positive criticism when needed.

    I thank you for your honesty and not backing down to the local political power brokers. I wish you the best in your next endeavor.

  • Don’t compromise with the unethical

    Mr. President, much of your State of the Union speech was wonderful and I compliment you on it.

    I am proud of you for being outspoken about the reality of climate change and your commitment to actually act to mitigate its disastrous impacts.

    You mentioned that climate change is an ethical issue. As a Rabbinic Pastor, I agree with you and thank you for saying this publicly.

  • What about 20 years from now?

    I am from Hong Kong, a country already decaying from the effects of global warming. Pollution is something that I have had to live with my entire life, and needless to say, I do not want the same to happen to my new home, New Mexico.

  • Revenue through sustainability

    I am the owner/operator of Infinity Farm in Ribera, a small local farm that has brought thousands of pounds of food to our county over the past six years. We choose to grow natural food using no chemical pesticides, fertilizers, or artificial growth stimulation, to deliver the highest possible quality of local food.  

    We hold our farm, the Pecos River, and all that is natural, to be sacred. Anything that puts these elements in jeopardy is dangerous, undesirable and not sustainable.

  • ‘Blackmail’ being used

    According to the drilling article in Friday’s Optic, “blackmail” appears to be an appropriate description of the letter signed and sent to Gov. Susana Martinez, by several state representatives advising her to “think twice” before approving outlay requests for communities that are seeking to restrict “extractive industries.”

    And to think these are the individuals whom we elect to represent us.

  • Take moratorium into fall 2014

    With reference to Martin Salazar’s article “Drilling Advocates take Aim” in the Feb. 15 Optic:

    It is of ultimate concern that water, soil and air in our community and in our county remain sustainable, non-polluted and available for ourselves, our neighbors, and for future generations. There has not been adequate time nor attention given to the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water, irrigation and animal life.

  • Wait for the EPA study on fracking

    Regarding your lead story in the Feb. 14 edition of the Las Vegas Optic, “Drilling advocates take aim”:

    I would agree with the perspective that linking ease of access for drilling to winning capital outlay grants from the State is an attempt by the oil and gas industry to blackmail the state and the local communities of New Mexico who would dare to attempt to regulate oil and gas extraction in an effort to protect their land, water, and way of life.