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Letters

  • Cannon seeks to find its place

    At the recent public forum community members voiced their objections to the proposed low-altitude tactical navigation flights to be conducted out of Cannon Air Force Base in our area. There were well-founded concerns about the environmental and socio-economic impact such flights would have.

  • A detailed assessment from Air Force crucial

    I am a resident of Miami, N.M.; because of work obligations I have not been able to attend nearby community meetings scheduled for Las Vegas, Raton or Clayton.

    It is crucial that a detailed Environmental Impact Study be made regarding the Air Force’s proposal; the cursory draft Environmental Assessment of “No Significant Impact” is insufficient to address vital concerns that many in our region share regarding the proposed flights.

  • Ron Paul a viable third choice

    The Optic suggests a centrist presidential candidate (editorial, Oct. 19). Mainstream news media portray Mitt Romney as the only candidate to defeat Obama.

    Obama leads in donations from banks, and his campaign fund is expected to reach $1 billion. Large banks are Romney’s highest donors, Goldman Sachs giving him $354,000.

    Both are bought by powerful lobbies demanding favorable legislation allowing them to steal from the 99 percent. Voters have no choice from an establishment controlled by money junkies.

  • Thomas Garcia snubs Mora band

    The Mora High School Band attended the Mora School Board meeting last Tuesday and announced their triumph in winning the State Fair marching band competition for the fourth consecutive year. They formally presented the first-place ribbon to Superintendent Thomas Garcia, who did not accept it. They received a standing ovation from everyone present except Mr. Garcia, who remained seated and did not clap.

  • Riverwalk makes Las Vegas better

    The extension of the riverwalk and bicycle path is now complete. It looks and feels great! To commute or exercise without the deadly hazard of inattentive motorists is a dream come true.

    On behalf of the folks who use this new path, I would like to say “thank you” to those who made is a reality. Thanks, road machinery operators, thanks to you guys with shovels in your hands, and thanks county leaders who, years ago, said, “We can do this.”

  • More money being misspent

    If you go and look at the work at the (West Las Vegas football) field, it does not follow the design the school paid for from the previous architect. Why? Here is another waste of taxpayers’ money, because the employee in charge of construction inspecting/oversight is nowhere to be found. Only the employees of the contractor are seen on site.

    My understanding of this project is that the school recently got the specifications for the work being performed for the board meeting. Now add $20,000 for not preparing the Request For Proposals correctly. ...

  • An analysis of recent letters

    I want to thank Kim Reed-Deemer (letters published Sept. 26 and Oct. 14) and Bob Pearson (Oct. 14 letter) for their well-informed responses to letters by Annette Franklin and Janet Schwandt. I also appreciate Ms. Franklin (letters Sept. 19 and Oct. 10) and Ms. Schwandt (Oct. 3 letter) for expressing their views and encouraging a broader discussion of important issues.

  • Fly on, Air Force, for safety, freedom

    According to Tom McDonald’s (Oct. 14 column), local “lefties” are too busy protesting low-flying aircraft to organize an Occupy Las Vegas event.

    I think the present economic and political climate is much more dangerous than the few military jets that might grace our skies.

    Yes, I said “grace.” I am about as much a screaming liberal as can be found, but I have a different way of looking at Air Force planes.

  • Antiquities Act under attack

    For more than 100 years, the Antiquities Act has proven to be a uniquely important tool for U.S. presidents to protect and conserve vital natural, archaeological and cultural treasures in America and New Mexico. Signed into law by Republican President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906, the Antiquities Act has been used wisely by both political parties to proclaim National Monuments that define and inspire the people of America.

  • ‘Special session’ a waste of money

    Gov. Martinez learned how to govern at our expense. The “special session” cost us taxpayers tax revenues we could have better used for schooling, teacher pay, etc. Why we get saddled with “special sessions” every legislative period is beyond me- — just how many laws and restrictions do we need anyway? Yet, we keep allowing our fearless “leaders” to convince us we “need special sessions” only to pay the attorneys to do our elected officials’ jobs.