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Letters

  • Education is a security issue

    As a retired general and former head of the New Mexico National Guard, I view proposed cuts to early care and education programs as more than just a local problem for parents of young children.  These cuts represent a serious threat to our national security.

    Consider this: In New Mexico, one in three of our high school students fails to graduate on time. Among those who do graduate, more than one in four seeking to join in the Army cannot enlist because of low scores on the military’s basic entrance exam in math, literacy and problem solving.  ...

  • There’s too much labeling, judging

    I turned on the news this morning and the incident about the kindergarten child, the teacher, and the other students’ behavior toward him, did not surprise me at all.

    Whether we want to deny it, or try to find explanations, we have to admit that abuse does happen in our educational system. It’s not only in Mora County, but all over the nation.

  • Mil Gracias

    The Las Vegas branch of the AAUW thanks the community for its enthusiastic support of the annual used book sale held recently. The proceeds from the sale of the books go to provide scholarship assistance for New Mexico Highlands University women.

    Thank you for your generous donations of books and your willingness to buy more to take home.

  • A report on co-op meeting

    Several Mora San Miguel Electric Cooperative members requested, in advance, to be placed on the Feb. 24 agenda for the monthly meeting of the MSMEC Board of Trustees to ask questions, present concerns about the troubled state of the co-op, and to formally charge that serious policy abuses have been taking place.  

  • Mil Gracias

    The Salvation Army of Las vegas wishes to thank everyone who participated in our bell ringing campaign during the 2010 Christmas season.

  • True Grit a great tale

    True Grit is a movie based on a novel of the same name. The book relates an interesting detail left out of the movie: “I found myself in need of a road stake and I robbed one of them high-interest banks,” says Rooster Cogburn.  “Thought I was doing a good service. You can’t rob a thief, can you?”

    “It is all stealing,” Mattie Ross replies.

    “That was the position they taken in Las Vegas, New Mexico,” said Cogburn. “I had to fly for my life.”

  • Military ignoring us

    I don’t doubt that this area has been selected for military training flyovers because of the low population in a state that generally votes Democrat.

  • The streets are not safer

    I want to comment on Tom Clayton, Mack Allingham, Richard Flores and the chief of Las Vegas Police Department on their false allegations they printed in the Optic and the words they used to accuse of doing, but not proved guilty, in a court of law. We as human beings have constitutional rights, civil rights and legal rights, including innocent until proven guilty.

    Yes, my son was arrested for drug trafficking and he has taken full responsibility for what he did. Not like this individual, they cannot take responsibility for their actions.

  • Commissioners aren’t listening

    The recent approval of those large wind turbines by the San Miguel County Commission is one of the most troubling decisions in recent years,and reflects a more pervasive problem from our adult leaders. They simply do not care what the people want and they seem to be oblivious to ethics and the outside perception of their actions.

  • Jim Terr and his sense of humor

    I grew up with the Terrs. Nancy and I were in the same grade.  Jimmy, her big brother, was a pretty funny guy. When my husband and I decided to marry in Las Vegas in 1980, Nancy suggested that I invite her dear brother Jim to play his western music at our reception.

    Jimmy’s first song was “Divorce.” What a  sense of humor, he has! Well, I loved  reading his poem (last week), so thank you for taking the risk and publishing it. It brought such warmth to my heart and soul, which still reside in  Las Vegas, N.M.