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Letters

  • ‘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.

  • Opinions on the water situation

    My opinion on the water situation follows:

    • I would be more willing to pay the higher rates if the money only went to repair and maintain the water and sewer system. No parks, vehicles, extra employees, etc., just the water and sewer system. Don’t consider this a “slush” fund. There should be a date given when rates will be reduced, just in case someone forgets.

  • What Romney will deliver

    Assuming there is any sincerity whatsoever in what Mitt Romney says (which of course is always the big question), I appreciate his making clear what he will deliver:

    1. “Drill Baby Drill.”

    2. More Supreme Court justices like the geniuses who approved “Citizens United.”

    3. Less regulation and even lower taxes for the millionaires and players like himself, who brought on the current economic disaster.

    4. A repeal of “Obamacare” —  which of course he invented.

  • Don’t subsidize private business

    When San Miguel County voters go to the polls to vote on a tax increase in November, as reported in the Optic on Aug. 22, they may want to give serious thought about subsidizing private, for-profit businesses. Taxpayer subsidies to private businesses simply send the wrong message.

  • A vicious pack of dogs roaming area

    Recently it was impossible for me to sleep. I was worried about my dog, afraid he would not make it through the night.

    Just two days earlier he was a happy, healthy guy, but his (and my) life changed abruptly when a pack of three vicious dogs (without collars) attacked him when we went for our morning walk. They tried hard to kill him and they would have succeeded had I not been there in time to come to his rescue.

  • Band is important; so decide wisely

    I heard about a recent board meeting at Mora Independent Schools and I was disappointed with what I heard.

  • Mil Gracias - August 31, 2012

    The Las Vegas Arts Council would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to Janet Remenyik, this year’s project director for the People’s Faire on Aug. 11. Janet has worked tirelessly for several months, recruiting and vetting vendors, mostly local, and making the necessary arrangements for this event.

    We also appreciate the professional expertise of Carlos Ortiz, as well as other City of Las Vegas staff. The talented musicians and dancers provided a celebratory ambience.

  • Mil Gracias - August 27, 2012

    I tried to write this letter several times, but struggled to find the right words to use to express our thanks to everyone involved in the Samaritan House Inc. Kiss A Pig fundraiser. To just say “thank you” did not seem to be enough to reflect the awe-inspiring feeling we had, seeing what so many community members from Las Vegas and surrounding areas were doing to help Samaritan House Inc.