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Letters

  • Death penalty cases waste money

    I thought Gov. Susana Martinez was concerned about the cost of government and a record revenue shortfall. Now I hear she wants to bring back capital punishment?

    One person, a “volunteer,” has been executed in New Mexico since 1960 at a cost of well over $200 million. Death penalty cases in New Mexico cost about six times as much as other murder cases. The public Defender’s office alone will save several million dollars a year.

  • Center needed for disadvantaged youth

    I heard that someone has an idea to build a center for disadvantaged youth in Mora County. I feel this is the best idea anyone has thought of yet.

    A lot of people feel or think that disadvantaged youth, be it either physical or emotional, are delinquents. They are not. Rather, they are young people who have had the misfortune of being handed a bad deck of cards.

    There are no bad youth, only youth who for some reason have a low self esteem, and they find themselves in a world that seems unbearable to them at times.

  • No. 1 priority is education

    I read in Monday’s Optic that I was all for job creation by the schools and it was one of my top priorities. Well my response, is that is wrong by all accounts. I have never put jobs in my top priorities other than keep jobs. The No. 1 priority is education.

  • Loehr right about higher ed plan

    John Loehr’s column in last Friday’s paper was excellent in every respect. He should be complimented on calling attention to one of the worst ongoing scandals in state government.

    I hope Gov. Susana Martinez follows his advice, shreds the plan proposed by the state Higher Education leadership and brings sound government back to our state. All of us deserve no less.  

    Pat Patrick
    Rociada

  • Guantánamo still open 9 years later

    This January marks the ninth anniversary of the first prisoners arriving at the Guantánamo Bay detention facility, and the second anniversary of the executive orders from President Obama requiring the closure of Guantánamo and halting the practice of torture.

  • Creating a visual history of Las Vegas

    On entering the West Las Vegas art studio, I am struck by the industry of the students hard at work completing the various aspects, perspectives and tasks of the daunting project before them.

    The project is one of completing nine large panels commissioned by Casa De Cultura, under the supervision of Miguel Angel, Georgina Ortega, and Rock Ulibarri.

  • Claim displays ignorance

    In case you care, I think that to claim that a person had an influence over a schizophrenic displays complete ignorance of the malady.

    Chuck Searcy
    Las Vegas

  • A prisoner of conscience freed

    Members of the local Amnesty International group thank those of you who joined their efforts to bring hope and human contact to a small group of people from around the world whose human rights are being severely jeopardized.  We have now learned that one of those people, Femi Peters, who Amnesty International had designated to be a “Prisoner of Conscience,” is now free.   He was released by the Gam- bian government on Dec. 10, Human Rights Day, months before he was originally scheduled to be freed.  

  • Vote for what’s best for students

    As a tax paying community member, a former school board member, and most importantly as a parent of two Pecos Elementary school students, I urge the voters of the communities served by the Pecos Independent Schools district to support their school board candidate of choice, incumbent or newcomer, based on one main factor:  What’s best for our students.  

  • Loehr using inaccurate data