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Letters

  • Shined light, stepped on toes

    And so Tom McDonald rides out to seek his own sunset. Perhaps being a self-described “misfit” himself is what helped make him so fearless.

    Mr. McDonald, in his eight years at the helm, has shined more light on the shenanigans in Las Vegas and stepped on more toes — including my own when I deserved it — than any publisher I’ve known in the 25 years I have been a subscriber. I can’t think of a finer compliment to pay any person. Best wishes, Tom.

    Alma Gregory
    Sapello
     

  • Long-term survival vs. short-term gain

    In recent months, much has appeared in the Optic about climate change and about hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to obtain natural gas, but only Andrew Gold (Feb. 22) has suggested that a connection exists between these two phenomena.

  • 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.