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Letters

  • The will of the people

    Since the San Miguel County commissioners have not regarded the health and the will of the citizens, we citizens are now demanding that we have a vote according to Section 4-37-6NMSA1978Comp regarding “The Industrial Wind Ordinance.” Our county attorney, Jesus Lopez, who is paid by all us hardworking taxpayers to represent the best interests of the people, once again has sided with the corporation, special interests, or as he says, “non-applicant.” We the qualified electors of San Miguel County, have a legal remedy in taking this “Wind Facility Ordinance” to a special election for its adoption

  • The haves and the have-nots

    John Loehr's “To the Point” column in last Friday’s Optic incorrectly lumps the American Revolution with others that were true examples of the have-nots (very poor) rising up against the haves (very rich). Whether or not America may be heading in a similar direction is pure conjecture but it is wrong to state that our nation began that way.

    Pat Patrick
    Rociada

  • Support for strong cap

    I support the Environmental Improvement Board’s rulemaking efforts to protect my family and community from the consequences of carbon pollution. I know that by adopting a strong cap on carbon pollution, the board will be helping to prevent New Mexicans from developing asthma, protect my community’s drinking water, and provide new green jobs for hardworking New Mexicans.

    Leon Bustos
    Las Vegas

    Editor’s note: This note, in the form of a letter to the editor, was sent in by seven other Las Vegas residents.

  • ‘It’s the thought that counts’

    As I celebrated my birthday, I was thankful for another year of life. I would also like to thank everyone in Mora and San Miguel counties who have made a difference in my life. I look back, and one incident stands out in my mind.

    One year the Mora Fiesta Committeee had a “dunking booth.” I felt that if I volunteered to get  dunked I would make a lot of money for the county. I never learned how to swim, so after the first dunk, I felt I was going to drown, so there went that idea.

  • Lost hope for fairness, justice

    When the San Miguel County Commissioners appointed a task force to work with Planning and Zoning and the county manager on an ordinance to regulate industrial wind development, it appeared there was a concern to protect the well-being of the county’s residents.

  • Toward a just and peaceful world

    A dove and the word peace were featured in full color on the cover of our church program on a recent Sunday. It was the time of year when we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. We remember that he said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.”

  • Wanting stories about son Tony

    I would like to thank the citizens of Las Vegas for their calls and prayers during the passing of my son, Tony Marquez Jr. My son was very special to  a lot of people. I called him my “Golden Boy.” He was a good person taken too soon.

    A few people from Las Vegas have shared their stories of kindness that Tony showed to them. I am compiling these stories to put into a book to be given to Tony’s children. I am asking Las Vegas citizens to please send me stories about my son to the address below.

    Thank you and God bless you.

  • Fires fought by many brave souls

    Fire has a way of casting a light on the true nature of people.  Over the past week, those of us in the Sapello-Rociada Volunteer Fire Department’s district saw the courage and caring of many people, not only in our district but throughout San Miguel and Mora counties. Two separate fires, the La Canada wildland fire and the Apodaca residence fire, were beyond the capacity of our fire department.  What’s more, high winds destroyed our radio repeater not once but twice — both times almost simultaneously with the threat of fire.

  • Mil Gracias

    I would like to thank the person(s) responsible for the return of my grandmothers lost purse at Walmart on Nov. 23. We are very grateful for the honesty.

    I am a firm believer in karma and I hope you are returned the good deed in the future.
    Again, thank you.

    Marc Pacheco
    Las Vegas

  • GOP doesn’t care about ‘fair share’

    Somebody should explain to the Republicans that “multimillion” and “billion” are not what is meant by small business. Republicans would cut wasteful spending. Let’s stop supporting our communities, educating our children. Let’s stop feeding the hungry. Too many of us are not millionaires. It seems absurd to subsidize the rich. Let us not dish out any money to people who receive Social Security.