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Today's Opinions

  • What about 20 years from now?

    I am from Hong Kong, a country already decaying from the effects of global warming. Pollution is something that I have had to live with my entire life, and needless to say, I do not want the same to happen to my new home, New Mexico.

  • Revenue through sustainability

    I am the owner/operator of Infinity Farm in Ribera, a small local farm that has brought thousands of pounds of food to our county over the past six years. We choose to grow natural food using no chemical pesticides, fertilizers, or artificial growth stimulation, to deliver the highest possible quality of local food.  

    We hold our farm, the Pecos River, and all that is natural, to be sacred. Anything that puts these elements in jeopardy is dangerous, undesirable and not sustainable.

  • ‘Blackmail’ being used

    According to the drilling article in Friday’s Optic, “blackmail” appears to be an appropriate description of the letter signed and sent to Gov. Susana Martinez, by several state representatives advising her to “think twice” before approving outlay requests for communities that are seeking to restrict “extractive industries.”

    And to think these are the individuals whom we elect to represent us.

  • Take moratorium into fall 2014

    With reference to Martin Salazar’s article “Drilling Advocates take Aim” in the Feb. 15 Optic:

    It is of ultimate concern that water, soil and air in our community and in our county remain sustainable, non-polluted and available for ourselves, our neighbors, and for future generations. There has not been adequate time nor attention given to the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water, irrigation and animal life.

  • Wait for the EPA study on fracking

    Regarding your lead story in the Feb. 14 edition of the Las Vegas Optic, “Drilling advocates take aim”:

    I would agree with the perspective that linking ease of access for drilling to winning capital outlay grants from the State is an attempt by the oil and gas industry to blackmail the state and the local communities of New Mexico who would dare to attempt to regulate oil and gas extraction in an effort to protect their land, water, and way of life.

  • Family connections are all around

    I’m wondering why the Taxpayers For Honest Government went missing in action after I left office. They filed a complaint with District Court to have me recalled just two months before my term (as Mora County commissioner) was up because they claimed that I was guilty of nepotism. Why pick on me only? If you bother to look around, there are relatives of board members at the courthouse and the school. Las Vegas and Mora are small and everyone is related.

    I was upset to see that an individual, or more than one person, is picking on the Alcon family.

  • Tim Dodge needs to go

    I am aghast that Mayor Alfonso Ortiz is determined to continue the travesty entrenched at the city manager’s office. Apparently, the mayor will not nor cannot function without Tim Dodge.

    Nowhere since consolidation has a mayor succumbed to ineffectiveness. Although Dodge is not an elected official, he controls the council majority. ... Our community has no voice in any decision-making. Que lastima!

  • Mil Gracias - Feb. 22, 2012

    The Literacy Council of Northeastern New Mexico, a division of the Las Vegas Arts Council, recently hosted the fifth annual Literacy Fair at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center.  

    The theme was “Let Your Imagination Soar — Read, Read, Read.” Contributing to the success of the event were the following participants: Las Vegas City Schools, West Las Vegas Schools, Luna Community College, New Mexico Highlands University, Carnegie Library and NEREC.