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Letters

  • Intensifying the water crisis
  • Amend cartoon, call out the liars

    (Regarding the Feb. 4 editorial cartoon:) Man oh man. Nothing like a balanced presentation. How can we have a balanced and calm discussion of gun control when both sides scream and rant at each other?

    From reading various articles and hearing several newscasts it does not appear that crime or mayhem was any less when we did have a ban on assault weapons and enlarged magazines.

    Perhaps we should indict (Attorney General Eric) Holder for the stupid plot to place assault weapons in the hands of known narcotic dealers in Mexico.

  • A ‘Culture of Death’

    “Cognitive dissonance” is a psychological expression that describes the stress we feel when we hold conflicting beliefs or values. The current consternation about gun deaths is an example of societal dissonance. On one hand, many are justifiably outraged about gun deaths, but on the other, the leading cause of death is ignored.

    In 2011, 828,000 lives were terminated at Planned Parenthood and like “clinics.” The next leading cause of death was heart disease, at 596,000. And, gun deaths numbered 32,000.  

  • Faulty reasoning to sell beer at games

    I am writing in reference to the Feb. 13 article about selling beer at professional baseball games. Actually, I am writing to express my astonishment at the attempted justification of said beer sales by our local governmental officials.

  • ‘Las Vegas takes care of its own’

    As you well know by now, the Litherland house was burned severely a few weeks ago. I believe that the best quote came from my son, John: When he called, he was frustrated to be so far away at such a time, however, he said that he was not worried because Las Vegas takes care of its own. And that is certainly true.

    I will try to express our gratitude to all who aided and lent support to us for the last several days in this letter to the editor at the Optic.

  • Money won’t make safe environment

    (An open letter to the San Miguel County Commission:)

    In regard to oil and gas drilling in San Miguel County, I wish to commend you for the fact that you (or previous commissioners) wisely initiated a moratorium on this issue. This action has resulted in numerous public meetings to give everyone the opportunity to express concerns and opinions.

  • ‘We the people’ paying the price

    (Another open letter to county commissioners:)

    Thank you for your effort to listen to so many of the people of San Miguel County regarding the issue of drilling for oil and gas resources in this land.

    When Mr. (Nicolas) Leger requested that comments be directed to the commissioners, and be technically oriented, I chose to withhold comment. Yet, these remarks want to be said, so, I choose to present them in public through this venue.

    Mr. Chairman, Members of the Commission:

  • ‘Socialized to think a certain way’

    Concerning the Senior Profile of Betty Quick (this letter writer), printed on Jan. 21. 2013:
    ... Lupita (Gonzales) quoted me accurately; however, in an otherwise nice senior profile, she combined two births into one birth, thereby distorting the events into one unrecognizable one.

  • Why was Mr. Einer’s petition denied?

    I just read the informative (Feb. 1) article “Activist sues county clerk”, by Martin Salazar and my first response was, What? How is it possible that the county clerk could stop a petition from moving forward? It is my understanding that she is in the position to review a petition for content and form and nothing more. So, how could Rivera have denied Mr. (Lee) Einer’s petition in the first place? What right did Rivera have to deny him, and by what authority?

  • Licenses for all: sensible, sane, ethical

    On Tuesday, Jan. 15, in her State of the State address, Gov. Martinez announced that repealing drivers’ licenses for the undocumented will again be a legislative priority for her.

    The defeat in the Legislature of previous  attempts to deny drivers’ licenses to the undocumented makes one wonder if the resurrection of this issue is nothing more than political grandstanding.