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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Cartoons - Feb. 22, 2013
  • Felix, La Voz, Las Gorras and Don Lorenzo

    As we continue our current series devoted to the history of Las Vegas newspapers, we hope it is apparent to the reader that it is through the prism of La Voz del Pueblo, that we recount a momentous epoch in the tale of two cities.

    Through the eyes of La Voz founder Felix Martinez and his associates Ezequiel C de Baca and Antonio Lucero, we continue to impart the social and political upheaval which occurred here as the 20th century dawned.

  • Don’t compromise with the unethical

    Mr. President, much of your State of the Union speech was wonderful and I compliment you on it.

    I am proud of you for being outspoken about the reality of climate change and your commitment to actually act to mitigate its disastrous impacts.

    You mentioned that climate change is an ethical issue. As a Rabbinic Pastor, I agree with you and thank you for saying this publicly.

  • 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.