• What Romney will deliver

    Assuming there is any sincerity whatsoever in what Mitt Romney says (which of course is always the big question), I appreciate his making clear what he will deliver:

    1. “Drill Baby Drill.”

    2. More Supreme Court justices like the geniuses who approved “Citizens United.”

    3. Less regulation and even lower taxes for the millionaires and players like himself, who brought on the current economic disaster.

    4. A repeal of “Obamacare” —  which of course he invented.

  • Don’t subsidize private business

    When San Miguel County voters go to the polls to vote on a tax increase in November, as reported in the Optic on Aug. 22, they may want to give serious thought about subsidizing private, for-profit businesses. Taxpayer subsidies to private businesses simply send the wrong message.

  • A vicious pack of dogs roaming area

    Recently it was impossible for me to sleep. I was worried about my dog, afraid he would not make it through the night.

    Just two days earlier he was a happy, healthy guy, but his (and my) life changed abruptly when a pack of three vicious dogs (without collars) attacked him when we went for our morning walk. They tried hard to kill him and they would have succeeded had I not been there in time to come to his rescue.

  • Band is important; so decide wisely

    I heard about a recent board meeting at Mora Independent Schools and I was disappointed with what I heard.

  • Mil Gracias - August 31, 2012

    The Las Vegas Arts Council would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to Janet Remenyik, this year’s project director for the People’s Faire on Aug. 11. Janet has worked tirelessly for several months, recruiting and vetting vendors, mostly local, and making the necessary arrangements for this event.

    We also appreciate the professional expertise of Carlos Ortiz, as well as other City of Las Vegas staff. The talented musicians and dancers provided a celebratory ambience.

  • Mil Gracias - August 27, 2012

    I tried to write this letter several times, but struggled to find the right words to use to express our thanks to everyone involved in the Samaritan House Inc. Kiss A Pig fundraiser. To just say “thank you” did not seem to be enough to reflect the awe-inspiring feeling we had, seeing what so many community members from Las Vegas and surrounding areas were doing to help Samaritan House Inc.

  • 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