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Letters

  • 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.

  • Looking forward to voting for Balderas

    I rarely put much faith in the ability of politicians to actually accomplish what they set out to do. But I believe in Hector Balderas. Out of everyone’s message, Balderas’ resonates the most.

    His background is a refreshing change from most of our leaders in Washington. He comes from Wagon Mound, he was raised on food stamps, and he knows what it’s like to struggle. That’s more than we can say for most of the millionaires in Congress.

  • Former Democratic chair endorses Leger

    Local government has become more complex. Today’s commissioners have to become familiar with complex issues and contemplate state and federal laws and mandates. County Commissioners need to be forward thinkers. They need to be able to organize a government that provides for economic growth and resource development while protecting our environment and the rights of citizens.

  • ‘Trickle down’ does not work

    (In response to W.P. Brown’s letter published April 13:)

    Mormons, Muslims and some Christians consider tithing to be very important. Catholics are more concerned with the idea that we are to love God above all things and our neighbors as ourselves. God is love. We demonstrate this love by helping each other. “Whatsoever you do to these the least of my brethren that you do unto me.”

    We recognize that there are evil Democrats and good Republicans. We have no monopoly. If I do not keep the Ten Commandments, I am a liar. The Bible tells me so.

  • Mil Gracias - May 28, 2012

    Our community came together in joyous and energetic celebration on May 12 to honor our Gallinas Watershed and the people that work to keep it healthy.

    Such an outpouring of support for the Gallinas community and efforts to care for our watershed was heartening to see.  

    We’d like to express a great big thanks to everyone in the community who came, especially the six teams that participated in the Watershed Olympic games; the Gallinas, Sapello and Tecolote watershed teams, the West Las Vegas, Highlands University and United World College teams.  

  • Turn Vegas into Santa Fe or Taos?

    If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard someone say that Las Vegas doesn’t want to become Santa Fe or Taos, I’d be a rich person. But what does this really mean? How real are these fears?

    In order to find out, I’ve been looking into the history of Santa Fe and Taos to find out what exactly produced them, and how likely would it be that sincere efforts to improve the quality of life for all Las Vegans would actually result in something like Santa Fe or Taos occurring here.

  • Writer is the one in ‘groupthink’

    Frank Splendoria, open your eyes. See what has happened to other communities that have been fracked by the oil and gas industry.

    The oil and gas companies present only their side of the story. They lie. They spend millions of dollars spreading their propaganda. There is enough evidence of the destruction they cause. Visit communities where oil and gas development has come in. Watch the movie “Split Estate,” which won an Academy Award in the Research category.

  • Finally, the other side of the issue

    Optic readers of last Friday’s paper were finally informed of important facts about fracking and its potential harm, or not, to our water supply. In the past coverage on this subject as it relates to Mora and San Miguel counties, Optic readers were only given one side of the issue. Citizens are not well informed on any important issue if they are not given all the facts. It would be a great service to us all if one of those “pro and cons” series were published.

    Many thanks to Frank Splendoria for giving us the other side to a very complex subject.

  • Industry has the gift of ‘deniability’

    In response to Mr. (Frank) Splendoria’s “groupthink” opinion, I would like to offer a few thoughts.

  • Regensberg a good advocate

    Election day will soon be upon us and I feel that the office of State Representative in District 40 is very important. One of the candidates is Regensberg. The fact that I have the same last name has nothing to do with it. I have always been a professional.