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Letters

  • Name someone from up here

    The hunters and fishermen of northeast New Mexico have been waiting a long time to have someone like us as our region’s representative on the State Game Commission. Gary Johnson and Bill Richardson ignored us. And so far at least, so has Gov. Susana Martinez, though hopefully she’ll change that.

  • AAUW Book Sale was successful

    The recent AAUW Book Sale, the first one held outdoors, was a success, despite the intervals of rain, with thanks to many people: those who donated books, those who bought books, and those who volunteered their time.  

    Most important was the assistance of the United World College in allowing the AAUW to use its facility for storage of donated books and to hold the event on the grounds of U-7, the former Baptist Church. Thanks also to UWC-USA  for lending 15 tables on which to display the books.

  • Sheepherders, dads and stepdads

    Father’s Day is fast approaching, so I thought I would write this article, even if the dads mentioned have passed on to a better life.

    It has been said that, “The true influence of a father will show up in the lives of his offspring.”

    If you are ever in Cheyenne, Wyo., and you get a chance to visit the Wyoming State Museum, you will probably be surprised to see the pictures of two Mora residents who went to Wyoming in 1939 to work as sheepherders. Their names are Martin Esquibel and Adolph Sandoval.

  • Stealing from the starving

    This phrase in a recent op-ed caught my attention: “The full, stealing from the plates of the starving, simply isn’t an American ideal.”

    But that’s the state of affairs here in the U.S. today. The full are stealing from the plates of the starving. Besides being absolutely repulsive, this theft is un-American.

  • Mil Gracias

    I would like to extend my gratitude to all who purchased a raffle or raffles to help offset medical expenses. As always this great community has stepped up to help a family in need.

    Winners of the raffle are as follows: first, Olivia Gonzales; second, Joelynn Gonzales; third, Virginia Gonzales; fourth, Jessica Ortiz; fifth, Ray Gurule Jr.; sixth, Matt Sandoval; seventh, Alejandro Lovato; eighth, Darlene Ulibarri; ninth, Thelma Varela; 10th, Diana Lucero; and 11th, Brenda Ramirez.

  • Don’t roll back energy standards

    The Construction Industries Commission is proposing to roll back energy efficiency standards for new homes and commercial buildings that were adopted last year, before Republican Gov. Susana Martinez took office. The rollback proposal carries out the recommendation of Martinez’s Small Business-Friendly Task Force.

  • ‘Icy’ sign needed at El Corte curve

    El Corte (“the cut”) is the mote/nickname many people use for this curve on Interstate 25 just four miles south of Las Vegas. A mountain cut made on I-25 left a tall portion on the southeast side and every winter from October through March the roadway here is in the shade even on sunny days. The result is that any moisture is likely to remain frozen in the curve when the rest of the highway is dry and safe.

  • Maternal health is a human right

    Every 90 seconds, somewhere in the world, a woman — most likely living in poverty — dies giving birth. That’s almost 1,000 women every day; more than 350,000 women each year. The vast majority of these deaths are preventable.  

  • Area deserves protection

    I am writing to commend Sens. Bingaman and Udall for their leadership in bringing Rio Grande del Norte National Conservation Area Establishing Act one step closer to passage with a hearing last week in the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests.

  • Now is the time for bold action

    The East Board made a courageous choice in their action to hire none of the finalists for the vacant superintendent’s position.

    Isn’t now the perfect time to reconsider a consolidation of the two Las Vegas school districts?

    Isn’t now the moment, when teacher cuts in both districts are imminent?

    Isn’t now the opportune time, when our “community united” may make the boldest choice and take the action that would benefit the most children?