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Letters

  • Must get to causes of multiple DUIs

    “Baby dies after DUI crash” (June 18); “Local man facing 7th DUI charge” (June 11).  Front page news in the Optic last month, but what comes next?  Will we be seeing Mr. Sena  and Mr. Hernandez in the headlines next month? After a seventh DUI charge, it seems the eighth and ninth are soon to be made.

  • Mil Gracias - July 20, 2012

  • ‘Disindependence’ for Las Vegas

    What a sad day for the descendants of the Spanish/Mexican-speaking settlers of our region. Our Fiesta Queen was hijacked from her home at Our Lady of Sorrows. The Fiesta Queen es La Reina de Las Fiestas de Nuestra Señora de Dolores de Las Vegas Grandes. She didn’t pull the train into Las Vegas in the late 1870s, nor is she a firecracker. She represents the settlement of the Las Vegas Land Grant way before the Easterners brought their celebration to our community.

  • ‘Outside’ water rates not fair

    We live on NM 65, the road to Montezuma, right beneath Bradner and Peterson Dams. One of the main water lines that the city gets its water from runs right along NM 65, next to my front yard. Yes, the city of Las Vegas gets its water from outside city limits.

  • Prolonged solitary confinement

    On Bridge Street, Amnesty International Group 463 recently joined supporters of the National Religious Campaign against Torture to engage passers-by in conversations about the use of prolonged solitary confinement.  Thus far, they have collected nearly 150 signatures on the Coalition’s nationwide petition to end its widespread use.

  • Reasons for timing of Mora fiestas

    I’m surprised that the new county government moved the Mora Fiestas to July 20-22 this year.

    Ever since I can remember the people in the Mora Valley have celebrated the feast days of St. James on July 25 and St. Ann on July 26.

    It has been the tradition throughout the years to ride on horseback on St. James Day for the men, and horseback for the women on July 26, St. Ann’s day. I was always told since childhood that the reason for this was that St. James in his epistle talks about what Christianity is all about.

  • Should have kept Mass at OLOS

    The changing of the Fiesta Mass from Our Lady of Sorrows Church to the Immaculate Conception Church is indeed a “travesty.” The reason? To present Las Vegas as a single community. If people don’t know that it is a single community, then you’re in the wrong city. A tradition that’s over 100 years old was broken probably just to please a few individuals.

    I can’t believe the mayor allowed it. What’s next? Move the Fiestas to Lincoln Park? I wouldn’t doubt it if it didn’t already cross somebody’s mind.

  • Why not being taken seriously?

    I have met with city officials of Las Vegas to discuss the critical shortage of water. Having lived here all my life, I know where the water veins run, because I use “dowsing.”

    Dowsing is an ancient art or science to find water. Our ancestors have used this method for hundreds of years.

    For the last 10 years I have contacted city officials to let them know where the water is so they could drill wells. I have located six areas during this time.

  • Column about Vigils in poor taste

    I found (Tom McDonald’s) Editor’s Note “The rises and falls of the Vigils” in very poor taste. Your article attacked members of the family’s 17 children, several who are deceased and unable to defend themselves. You must have sources to obtain information (some of which is not true) and some of which is over 40 years old (only known to deceased members and their lawyer, who is still alive). I know most of the Vigil family very well and I find them to be friendly, hardworking honest people.

  • Plastic shopping bags should be banned

    My name is Bethany Bauer, and I’m 13 years old. I care about the environment  wholeheartedly, so I decided to find out what is very common, very bad, and  very easy to stop using. The answer: plastic shopping bags. Many places have already put a ban on these awful bags, and New Mexico should too.

    Plastic shopping bags pollute our groundwater, kill our wildlife, and roll around our state like the symbolic tumbleweed. If we don’t act soon, the plastic shopping bag symbol would be more fitting.