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Letters

  • Assurances from La Plaza leaders

    We here at La Plaza Little League would like to inform the public, the parents and the children of our league that we absolutely will not tolerate any aggressive behavior or any form of violence at our ballpark and assure the safety of everyone attending games now or in the future.

    Our new board is strong and is moving forward and putting the children first.

    Our goal is to have a healthy, safe environment for the kids. Our program will be based on teaching the knowledge of the great game of baseball and to make it a safe and fun place for families once again.

  • Campers left fire smoldering

    Recently some campers, having passed several signs that prohibited fires except in developed campgrounds, built a campfire in a crispy dry meadow along the Pecos, above Cowles.  

    The next day, in the afternoon, coals still produced steam when we poured water on the abandoned fire ring. Some coals had fallen out of the ring and burned the surrounding grass.

  • County officials took time, listened

  • Commissioners must choose

    San Miguel County’s moratorium that bans the state from issuing permits for fracking and drilling will expire Feb. 12, 2013. A decision on whether to ban drilling permanently or allow fracking in the county will be in front of the commissioners within the next eight months. They will be faced with the choice that offers them one of two options — either protect the citizens’ water, air and ecosystems or bring economic growth to the county in exchange for the natural resources, water and natural gas.

  • Items stolen while out back

    At about 5:15 p.m. on June 14, I got home from working all day. I walked in my front door and remembered I needed to get a tool from my workshop in the backyard. When I returned 10 minutes later, I discovered someone had entered my front door and taken my red backpack containing my iPod, Kindle, iPad3, several gift cards, shaving kit, two Canon cameras, phone chargers, three checkbooks, medications and several thousand dollars in $100 bills that I was going to send to pay for my elderly mother’s care.

  • Student retention not the answer

    I felt I had to write this letter because of the number of parents who expressed disappointment in the educational system.

    It appears that several students were retained, and this really concerns me.

    At UNM, I took classes in Supervision of Instruction.

    One of the things the instructor taught us is that retention of students has never been proved to work for the better.

  • ‘Highland Drive Speedway’

  • ‘Red Dawn’ and Las Vegas’ history

    The filming of the 1984 movie “Red Dawn” in Las Vegas area should go down as an important event with regards to productions shot and overall town history. The film, which shot on a low budget, can be considered a pop icon for the very plot in the movie about high schoolers taking up arms to protect themselves plus the freedom they love against a foreign invader.

  • Let’s not foul our own nest

    We live on the blue planet. Safe drinking water has been at the heart of all successful communities over the span of human time. The Upper Pecos Watershed is fragile, in drought and on a dangerous precipice of not having adequate quantities or quality of water for life as we know it here. Our fire danger right now is at an all-time high.

  • A strict county ordinance needed

    In a recent letter to the Optic a writer defined “groupthink” as “conformity to group values and ethics.” A broad spectrum of values and ethics could be found in many different “groups.” I am proud to be working with a group of concerned citizens from Mora and San Miguel counties whose common interest is the protection and preservation of our water, air and quality of life.