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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial: What if Vegas grows?

    Las Vegas is like many others towns: It extends its utilities to people outside city limits. This is a common practice.

    Recently, the San Miguel County Commission approved a 46-lot subdivision called Óxido north of Las Vegas. The developer seems to have created a good plan for the subdivision.

    But we’re still concerned that the development is poised to get water, natural gas and trash pickup service from the city.

  • Letter: Optic editor too judgmental

    Is there nothing that escapes your observation? Do you feel you must comment on every perceived wrong? Barriers were set up to protect my right of egress and ingress into my home. If I were to ask the city, the police or the organizers of the fiesta event to please recognize my right to get to my home, I would still be waiting.

  • Letter: Voters will still decide elections

    I would like to respond to the letter of Kathleen Dudley, co-founder of Drilling Mora County. She states who will be the winners before the election is held. It seems to me that we should let the people of Mora County decide who they want in office first, instead of someone making comments for the people of More County. How does she know who is going to win the election without the election being held? Also for the drilling, I think it should be left up to the landowners of Ocate and not outsiders telling the landowners what to do with their land.

  • Letter: All-Star weekend gone wild

    I am writing in response to the disturbing events that took place during the recent All-Star Tournaments in Raton. I work for a lodging establishment in Raton and during the entire week of the tournaments I would have to say that I am ashamed of the coaches, parents and the teams who raised havoc on our establishment.

  • Letter: Message is loud and clear

    I read with disbelief the Optic’s story “Man charged with sex crime” on July 19. I do not know the particulars of this story, but the message to the public is loud and clear: If you are a government worker, have children or are about to retire, it is OK to (allegedly) perform a lewd act on a teenager.

    Henry Ortiz

    Ribera

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... ANOTHER BIG WEEKEND. Once again we have a big weekend in store. Beginning today, thousands of bikers will be roaring into Las Vegas for the fifth annual Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally, and many of them will find their way to two other great events — the annual fiestas at Mora and Villanueva.

    Stay safe, everyone, and let the good times roll!

  • Letter: Son didn't die in vain

    Emilio and I recently sent a prayer message to our son Michael Esquibel, who passed away on Jan. 15, 2009, after he was struck by the train in Las Vegas while on his way to unload some trash from his worksite. The message to him went like this:

    “Dearest Michael, you did not die in vain at the railroad crossing on your way to the transfer station, as now because of the very dangerous crossing and through the efforts of many, there are now in place the very necessary warning signs and signals that will prevent any more tragic deaths.

  • Letter: Counting chickens before hatched

    A few people knew I had written a rebuttal to Kathleen Dudley’s letter, and they were wondering why it wasn’t ever published. I said, they own the newspaper so they have the right to print or not print. I am never offensive in my letters, I always speak the truth, which I can back up with documentation. Someone mentioned that maybe the Optic was prejudiced, and I said I have never known them to be.