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Letters

  • 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.  

  • Letters, columnists Optic highlights

    I agree that the letters to the editor are the most interesting part of this or almost any other newspaper (Editor’s Note, Feb. 25), and I hope and trust they will keep flowing as the Optic transitions to new management.

    I also appreciate Art Trujillo’s clever and interesting columns, and Jesus Lopez’ local histories — both excellent — and hope both will continue as well.

    Lopez’ historical interviews are now posted on a website, www.LasVegasNMHistory.com

    Jim Terr
    Las Vegas

  • Nepotism cases in Mora and at Luna

    Regarding the Feb. 22 letter from Rosalie Regensberg: The recall complaint didn’t mention nepotism and I won’t bother to rehash it now except to say that the groundwork was laid then for what Mora County has today, i.e. a half-finished monstrosity of a courthouse that can’t be used and that the county hasn’t the money to finish.

    She does, however, have a valid point about current potential nepotism cases.

    Ed Littleton
    Ojo Feliz
     

  • Help end hunger in New Mexico

    An Internet search for “Hunger in New Mexico” produced 607,000 sites on 63 pages via Google. The sites discuss the increasing numbers of and circumstances of people in the state suffering from food insecurity.  Every week, 40,000 New Mexicans seek food assistance (www.nmfoodbanks.org). Forty percent of these are children under 18 years old.

    The sites also tell of the valiant efforts across the state to address the issue. Yet we have not won this fight to end hunger.  

  • Someone must take up the mantle

    “Treasures to Cherish” was the title of an article in the Pasatiempo newsmagazine of the Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper: on the wonderful bookstores in that renowned city. I wrote a letter to the newspaper, which was published Feb. 10, describing the special treasure of a local bookstore to cherish that is right here in Las Vegas, Tome on the Range.