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Letters

  • 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.

  • Mil Gracias - July 13, 2012

  • Mil Gracias - July 9, 2012

    The Santo Niño de Atocha Cemetery Fencing Project had a benefit dance on May 5. This letter is to acknowledge those who made it a success.

    Thanks to all who bought tickets to the dance. Many tickets were sold to out-of-state family members who wanted to help the cause. Tickets were sold by the parish office as well as Buena Vista community members.

    (Promotions) were done by KNMX, Las Vegas Optic, and KFUN. Thank you for your help.

  • Mil Gracias - July 6, 2012

    Just a note of appreciation for our two large, great, well-maintained local public swimming pools, the city facility and Highlands.

    For a nominal drop-in fee (one dollar and two dollars, respectively), residents can enjoy a refreshing, healthful swim at convenient hours. I imagine that there are cities our size which do not have even one such pool, let alone two, so I think we are fortunate.

    Jim Terr
    Las Vegas

  • Letter didn’t tell whole story

    Mr. (Frank) Splendoria’s letter (published June 29) extolling the statistically benign nature of oil and gas development cited the New York Times as his authority. Mr. Splendoria failed to disclose that the newspaper’s quoted source was Rex W. Tillerson, Chief Executive of Exxon Mobil. 

    The entire NY Times article puts Mr. Tillerson’s claim in context. Find the article at NYTimes.com; search “A Tainted Water Well, and Concern There May Be More”

    Bob Wessely
    Las Vegas
     

  • Wasted water is unacceptable

    Water, water everywhere and not a drop for the tax-paying citizens of Las Vegas.

    For the second summer in a row, we are not allowed to water our outside plants. Homeowners get to watch landscaping die and house values decrease.

    In the meantime, the city is losing 80 gallons of water a minute through just one of many leaks it is aware of.

    I could water my entire little patch of property for a year on just one day’s worth of that wasted water.