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Letters

  • Crime reporting statistics

    I preface this by stating that as the Las Vegas chief of police, as far as I’m concerned, one homicide or one forcible rape in our city is one too many. [Las Vegas police officers] take the safety of our citizens very seriously and that is our priority.

  • Issues regarding Mora water use

    An open letter to Tim Farmer, District VII manager, Office of the State Engineer:
    Mr. Farmer, it appears that the legal notice (which ran in the Optic on Oct. 15) relative to digging three wells to dewater the track and athletic fields at the Mora Independent Schools is an exercise in futility, since three wells have already been dug and have been in use since at least June 2010, pumping 600 gallons of water per minute into the Mora River. This “after the fact” notice in the Optic is typical of governmental bureaucratic ineptness at work.

  • Scared for the future of our area

    I’m pretty scared. The economy in our city and area is the reason. 

    Our ranchers have no grass or water. The money is drying up like our river. Our state is 75 percent dependent on federal spending, and Las Vegas is more so. That money is going to be drastically reduced.

    We can’t control the weather.  God has given us brains to fly to the moon, but not make it rain.  Maybe we can use our brains a little more and really solve our water problem. We have to find new ways to have jobs and economic life, not dependent on federal spending.

  • ObamaCare and war actions

    There are complaints that including contraception and abortion services in ObamaCare constitutes a suppression of religious liberties. On the contrary, no one is required to use these services, which are considered necessary and are frequently life-saving for many. If the services are excluded, everyone will be denied.  The simple answer is for the disapprovers to avoid using the services they consider objectionable.

  • Romney doesn’t deserve a ‘pass’

    President Obama conveyed a sense of decency even greater than I already had for him, by not attacking Gov. Romney in the debates on several obvious points, presumably because he didn’t want to appear whiney or wimpy. For example:

    1. Governor Romney crows about bringing people together, in a bipartisan way. But as governor of Massachusetts, he did not have to deal with a legislature openly committed to blocking him and bringing him down, as Obama has. He also had more than 800 vetoes!

  • Torture votes by state’s delegation

    Torture! Where do our federal legislators stand on this issue? The National Religious Campaign Against Torture has produced a list of how all Members of Congress voted over the last eight years.

    Before 2003, the great majority of Americans, rightly or wrongly, were confident that U.S. personnel did not torture enemy captives.

  • Bond C would benefit many

    Voters who turn out for the general election this fall will be asked to decide on a higher education bond initiative on the statewide ballot — General Obligation Bond C.

    Without increasing our property taxes, General Obligation Bond C sets aside $10 million for our community for capital improvements at New Mexico Highlands University and Luna Community College. This money will create local jobs and boost our local economy.

  • Dedication behind ‘Rooted Lands’

    I wanted to commend you for the editorial of Monday, Oct. 15, emphasizing the importance of water and the necessity of protecting this most valuable resource in this arid region, as well as to thank you for your fine articles on the film, “Rooted Lands — Tierras Arraigadas.”

    I also wanted to add one important note regarding the making of the film. Without fellow filmmaker Nancy Dickenson (executive producer and  co-producer of the film as well as a Mora County local), this film would not have been possible.

  • New wildlife refuge yours to behold

    With the creation of any great endeavor comes the efforts and support of many individuals.  The recent establishment of the Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area at the former Wind River Ranch marked a monumental occasion for Mora County and northeastern New Mexico.  This newest addition to the National Wildlife Refuge System (protected areas for wildlife and people), makes it our nation’s 560th NWR and the ninth one in New Mexico.

  • Mil Gracias - Oct. 22, 2012

    During the week of Sept. 17-23, West Las Vegas held its annual homecoming week of activities: a week of dress up, parade, football game and dance. This was the first year of, hopefully, a yearly Alumni Golf Tournament. The tournament proved to be a success due to the help and support of several sponsors who fell under the categories of Gold, $200; Silver, $100; and Bronze, $50.