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Letters

  • Mil Gracias - Nov. 16, 2012

    Aaron Ortega was a lifelong resident of Las Vegas, a son of Juan and Annabella Ortega, and a victim of a rare enzyme disorder called methylmelonic acidemia. Aaron was a person who loved music and always had the desire to start a heavy metal band called Life & Death. His favorite holiday was  Halloween. For those reasons the Aaron Ortega Life & Death Fest has been held on the weekend nearest Halloween.

  • Red tape aside, repaint the line

    I invite the city to follow through on its obligation to repaint the white line leading traffic from Interstate 25 into Las Vegas on Exit 343. I am a citizen here in Las Vegas but if I were not familiar with the exits into Las Vegas, there might be confusion and I might actually miss this exit, especially on a dark night. I have heard other comments on this particular exit.

  • The county’s oil, gas ordinance

    San Miguel County’s draft ordinance regarding oil and gas references the “National Environmental Policy Act” and thus rightly includes all aspects of the biotic and abiotic environment, but unlike the law, fails to include “economics.” Unfortunately this is consistent with membership of the county’s oil and gas committee, which also did not have a specific representative for “economic development.”

  • ‘Envirowackos’ vs. other ‘wackos’

    According to Alan Franken’s letter to the editor published Nov. 2, those of us who oppose hydraulic fracturing, AKA fracking, are “envirowackos.” San Miguel County must be a haven for “envirowackos,” because more than 1,000  San Miguel County residents have already signed a petition demanding a ban on fracking. A recent online petition to ban fracking in San Miguel County has attracted over 1,600 signatures.

  • The road to (S)hell

    In Alan Franken’s Nov. 2 letter, he stated he was “scared” — more of the economic devastation than the known realities of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for natural gas here. Despite the mounting scientific evidence documenting the toxic effects on livestock, plants and, of course, people in 33 states, some still believe that the boom in the oil-and-gas industry will be a boon for San Miguel County — and, more dangerous, believe there is no down side.  

  • Must address the problem

    I recently read where Las Vegas has the highest homicide rate in New Mexico. That problem must be addressed immediately.

    Local political leaders, religious  leaders, and educators must join together with the local police and community members to create and implement a plan that can remove the negative connotation that goes along with the crime problem. Las Vegas can ill afford the title of the “highest crime rate in the state.”  

  • Crime reporting statistics

    I preface this by stating that as the Las Vegas chief of police, as far as I’m concerned, one homicide or one forcible rape in our city is one too many. [Las Vegas police officers] take the safety of our citizens very seriously and that is our priority.

  • Issues regarding Mora water use

    An open letter to Tim Farmer, District VII manager, Office of the State Engineer:
    Mr. Farmer, it appears that the legal notice (which ran in the Optic on Oct. 15) relative to digging three wells to dewater the track and athletic fields at the Mora Independent Schools is an exercise in futility, since three wells have already been dug and have been in use since at least June 2010, pumping 600 gallons of water per minute into the Mora River. This “after the fact” notice in the Optic is typical of governmental bureaucratic ineptness at work.

  • Scared for the future of our area

    I’m pretty scared. The economy in our city and area is the reason. 

    Our ranchers have no grass or water. The money is drying up like our river. Our state is 75 percent dependent on federal spending, and Las Vegas is more so. That money is going to be drastically reduced.

    We can’t control the weather.  God has given us brains to fly to the moon, but not make it rain.  Maybe we can use our brains a little more and really solve our water problem. We have to find new ways to have jobs and economic life, not dependent on federal spending.

  • ObamaCare and war actions

    There are complaints that including contraception and abortion services in ObamaCare constitutes a suppression of religious liberties. On the contrary, no one is required to use these services, which are considered necessary and are frequently life-saving for many. If the services are excluded, everyone will be denied.  The simple answer is for the disapprovers to avoid using the services they consider objectionable.