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Letters

  • Barela’s visit raises questions

    Economic Development Secretary John Barela’s statement “that drilling could create jobs” begs several questions.  

    First, there is not a single mention of the fracking problems experienced in San Juan county; the San Miguel County Oil and Gas Task Force should visit Farmington.

    Second, the employment figure of 80,000 in New Mexico is awesome on paper, but what skill levels and how many in San Miguel County would actually be hired?

    Third, how many people in San Miguel County have the experience to be hired at $30 an hour?

  • Optic promoting oil/gas industry

    The Friday, Aug. 17, headline should have read, “Optic Touts Oil and Gas Industry.”

    Devoting a large front page headline, a photograph and 27 column inches to what a bought bureaucrat says and one sentence supposedly to what area environmental activists say (although quoting no one) is not reporting. It’s promotion. It’s not journalism — it’s blatant public relations for the oil and gas industry.

  • So-called ‘free lunch’ just isn’t so

    In the article “Oil and Gas Industry Touted,” Mr. Barela promotes the industry as if there is only one side of the equation: the income side. However, there are real and tangible costs to the county and its taxpayers for such development.

    A study of three small communities in Wyoming — which is seeing unprecedented oil and gas development — found that two of the communities broke even, while the third actually suffered a net loss.

  • Stop with all the increases

  • AI sends off more cards, letters

    One hundred post cards and letters have just been sent from Las Vegas to people in Colombia, China and Israel. All the cards had been written by people attending the People’s Faire who were moved to send messages of support and solidarity to Juan David Diaz Chamorro, Shi Tao and Ahmad Qatamesh.

  • Mil Gracias - August 20, 2012

    The San Miguel County/City of Las Vegas Office of Emergency Management would like to thank the planners and all the participants in the Transportation and Hazardous Material Response Exercise held Aug. 2.

  • Try running a real business

    Very seldom and rare is the politician who has had to make payroll, pay utilities on his own office, or worry about his staff’s insurance, etc. Oh sure, they see that these things get done, but the building they work in is not their own — if a water leak develops, they just call maintenance.

    Our politicians have rarely held a job that didn’t draw their budget from the taxpayer.  Politicians rarely have to worry about their enterprise bringing in enough for the week’s or month’s payroll.

  • Untwisting concerns

    In my letter to the editor a few weeks ago, I disagreed that the size of a solitary confinement cell was “torture” as subjectively defined by Amnesty International (AI). I made no comment on the term of confinement. Yet, in Judy Bennett’s recent letter, she extrapolates and construes that I am “barbaric” and “(he) condones the violence that permeates our society.”

  • Opposed to any rate increase

    This letter is in reference to the consideration of a water rate increase for the citizens of the area that use the public water system.

    I am strongly opposed to any rate increase for anyone using the public water system, whether the citizen resides in, or out of, county. A rate increase would negatively impact not only my family, but those of my neighbors, community, city and county.

  • An Ojitos Frios perspective