• Ben Ray Lujan’s ‘war on women’

    In May 2012, the New York Times announced, “The House …rejected a measure that sought to impose fines and prison terms on doctors who perform abortions on women who are trying to select the gender of their offspring — a practice known as sex-selective abortion.” Ben Ray Lujan voted “no,” which will allow this practice to continue. If we want a baby boy, it’s OK to terminate unborn baby girls.

  • Congressman under others’ influence

    There is a waft in the air. It is called politics!

    Having decided a few years ago to try to do something about the quality of leaders we are sending to Washington, I became a campaign volunteer. I have learned some things along the way. For some four years now, at the local, state and national levels, people are disillusioned (to say the least) with how politics and the selection process is so heavily dependent on money, money, money.

  • Mil Gracias - Oct. 5, 2012

    The West Las Vegas High School Class of 1962 thanks the following organizations and individuals:
     • The Dons football team for its hospitality and cooperation in more than just athletics.
    • Ms. Trish Maestas for her untiring efforts in sponsoring the WLVHS Student Council.
    • 1st Community Bank for its community support.
    • Mr. Eddy Sena for the loan of his trailer.
    • Mr. Luis Martinez and his brothers for the hay bales.

  • Addressing cycle of failure in math

    Many thanks to Dr. Gregg Turner for informing us of all the problems in the teaching of mathematics. I retired from teacher education 10 years ago. Just as it was then it’s those mathematically subversive and unprepared elementary school teachers.

  • Letters to the Editor

    Part of Romney’s 47 percent

  • Fracking consumes water, much more

    I have been following the arguments in the newspaper about the possibility of hydraulic fracturing in San Miguel County. Having recently moved here from an area of Texas where there is fracking aplenty, I thought I would share what I know first-hand about the effects of fracking and all that comes with it.

  • In this free society of ours

    What a sad situation for the woman who had free roaming dogs attack her dog, she could have gotten mauled herself but was brave enough to do whatever she could do to save her dog.  

    The law-abiding citizens have their pets vaccinated, licensed, kept in their yards and walked on leashes. What a shame that in this free society of ours these law-abiding people are fast becoming the prisoners, unable to walk their pets, while some dogs roam free with no one to take  responsibility for them.  

    Kim Delgado
    Las Vegas

  • Water rate hike will hurt poor

    The minimum (city utility) rates, which include sewer and trash have already increased, as has tax from about 7 percent to 8 percent.

    In 2004 the minimum (city utility) bill, including sewer and trash, was about $36. Now in 2012 the same bill is $53. That’s a difference of $12.

    Unless there is a pay increase in local wages, Social Security and disability, it seems a water rate increase may very well over-burden our poor and working-class citizens of Las Vegas, N.M.

    Susan Salas
    Las Vega

  • Ordinance would be a ‘betrayal’

    The county’s process for developing oil and gas regulation reeks of corruption.

    Lets start with the Citizen’s Oil and Gas Task Force. Half of the people on the task force have financial ties to the oil and gas industry, including Karin Foster, attorney and lobbyist for the Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico. Yes, she sits on the task force, and she represents over 300 oil and gas businesses. Foster’s not even a county resident; She lives in Albuquerque. Why is she on the task force?

  • Palestinian writer should be released

    During the People’s Faire this year many people wrote letters at the Amnesty International table in support of the Palestinian writer Ahmad Qatamesh. He was arrested by Israel almost 17 months ago and still has not been charged with a crime. No one has accused him of acts of violence, and many believe he was arrested for daring to write in support of a policy that would create one country where both Jews and Arabs would live together with equal rights. For some Israeli Jews this is a dangerous idea and must be suppressed.