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Letters

  • Our Jewish ancestry

    This letter is in response to conversation in the community, as well as the article in the Optic describing the vandalism in our local cemetery. There have been many who are attempting to make a connection between Reies Lopez Tijerina and his “followers” to the vandalism.

  • Keys to the city for convicted felons

    Stopped at the Plaza Park to see what all the gathering of people and dignitaries was all about. Found out the mayor was proclaiming the day Reies Lopez Tijerina Day and was giving him the keys to the city. What?

    I remember the ‘60s and the ‘70s. All the protests in the South led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I admired his fight for civil rights. I remember too Mr. Cesar Chavez fighting for the farmworkers’ rights. I greatly admired their courage to accomplish their goals by means of nonviolence.

  • Bills, recycling and ‘potty’ water

    In the last six years my water bill has gone up $15. I use less than 2,000 gallons, the minimum amount of water, and I don’t use city natural gas. Contrary to popular belief we live in a rather poor community, with working poor, disabled and seniors on limited and/or fixed incomes, and to impose trash bills combined with land taxes, I think is prejudicial. Please find other ways to collect on unpaid trash bills!

  • Signalization not the way to go

    Traffic lights are not only expensive to install, they are a significant source of accidents to motorists and pedestrians. A modern signal can cost taxpayers between $80,000 and $100,000 to install. Plus the cost of the electrical power to operate a signalized intersection 24 hours a day, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation, is now averaging about $1,400 per year.

  • Don’t close the Mora pool

    It has come to my attention that administration and the School Board at the Mora Independent Schools is talking about closing the swimming pool and making it into a bus garage. In my opinion, this is the worst mistake anyone can make, and the community should protest.

    The swimming pool is the only form of recreation that is available for the children in the community. It’s because of the children that the Mora Independent Schools gets funding.

  • Measure attacks natural treasures


    The House Interior Appropriation Committee has passed a spending bill that would mean fewer protections for species at risk of extinction, more pesticides in our waters and less funding for our national wildlife refuges and other crucial conservation priorities. This bill is an attack on the natural treasures that are our children’s and grandchildren’s inheritance.

    We must protect God’s creatures and their environment, as they do not have a voice, and are not given a choice.

  • Mil Gracias

    The Las Vegas-San Miguel County chapter of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life held its overnight event on June 10 and 11 at the West Las Vegas High School Frank Herrera football sports complex. It was preceded by the survivors’ reception on June 9 at The Night Owl. Entertainment was provided by El Trio Los Gallos. Alta Vista Regional Hospital provided all the refreshments.

  • Torres taught so very much

    It was with tears in my eyes that I read and reread the wonderfully written article about our beloved Gene Torres (Optic, July 1 edition). When we built our house south of Romeroville in 1999, our builder’s wife said that if I took up golf she would play with me. So I became one of the thousands of students who learned to love and play golf because of Gene.

  • Meeting to retain Holman P.O.

    The community of Holman has been offered another town hall meeting by the Post Office, in redress for the first very unsatisfactory meeting that was held on April 19 of this year at the Mora Post Office. It will be held in the small gymnasium at  Mora Independent Schools on Wednesday, July 20, from 5:30 p.m. until done.  

    As a community, we very much appreciate this gracious concession by the Post Office, and we look forward to a pleasant, productive meeting in which our concerns are voiced and heard.

  • One bench at a time

    A small thing, perhaps, but to my mind deserving of major-league kudos. I speak of Community First Bank which, during its renovation of the Murphey’s  Drugs building, had the wholesome good-heartedness to include benches along the two outside walls of their new offices.