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Letters

  • 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.

  • Families deserve protections

    Our country is facing large challenges when it comes to our health. Learning and developmental disabilities, infertility, and childhood and young adult cancer are on the rise. Some are even calling puberty at the age of 10 a new “normal.”

    The good news is many of these health trends could be prevented if we took a serious look at addressing toxic chemicals in this country. The law governing how chemicals are regulated, or lack thereof, hasn’t been updated since the 1970s and falls short of protecting our most vulnerable New Mexico communities.

  • The MIT report on fracking

    In his letter about obtaining natural gas by the process of hydraulic fracturing (May 18), Frank Splendoria quoted extensively from a report issued by MIT. His quotes were accurate, but selective, giving the impression that there is no evidence that fracking poses (or could pose) any threat to shallow groundwater, and that fossil fuels will continue to provide the majority of our energy into the foreseeable future.

  • Co-op ‘election’ unfairly run

    Martín Salazar was all over your front page Monday, May 28.

    He reported on the “trouncing” of Mr. Rock Ulibarri by Mr. Robert Quintana, chairman Mora-San Miguel Electric Co-op. Members are allowed to vote numerous times, depending on the number of meters said member may have with the co-op under his or her name.

  • Mil Gracias - June 4, 2012

    Casa de Cultura les da sinceras gracias a todo por atender la dedicoción del mural.

    “This is what our culture really means.” This is in a comment made by a participant at the dedication of Casa de Cultura sponsored mural, “The People’s History of El Norte.” We thank 1,000 plus citizens who attended throughout the day.  They were from many communities in New Mexico, Los Angeles, Calif., Portland, Oregon, and Colorado.

  • Thoughts on freedom, bad raps

    “The land of the free” has become the land of laws, and more laws, taxes and more taxes! In other countries one could get a box of gum and sell them individually, and make a little money. Not so, here in the U.S., where you’ve got to first have a vendor’s permit and license, a CRS number and pay taxes on your sales, not to mention mandatory insurance.

  • What happened to Health Trust?

    Several years ago, my husband, Tom Trigg, sat in committee with Danelle Smith  and others to choose worthy recipients for small community grants from the  Health Trust. However, it is my understanding that the board of the Health Trust has not even met for more than two years. Is the money all gone?

  • Get rid of the eyesores

    About five weeks ago, Las Vegas was blessed with a new junky eyesore.

    Three large semi-trailers were parked at the junction of Highland Drive and Eighth Street, which is zoned a residential area. The trailers are old and rusty and full of graffiti. The graffiti seems to be increasing. There are no license plates on two of the trailers.The third trailer has a Maine license plate which expired in 1980.

  • Let’s put an end to dogfighting

    While we’re on the subject of dogs and chains, there’s a little something else that has been bothering me for a couple of decades now, and that’s dogfighting. Dogfighting hurts my feelings, but enough about me. I’m sure the dogs don’t like it either.

  • Weigh in on reserve plan

    The U.S.  Bureau of Land Management has the unenviable task of balancing competing interests on millions of acres of public land nationwide. In New Mexico the BLM has done pretty well, allowing for a substantial amount of oil-and-gas development while still preserving hunting and fishing opportunity in places like the San Juan area near Farmington.