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Opinion

  • In newspapers all over the country and the world, we read about people who welcomed industrial wind turbines in their neighborhoods to find out when they came on line that it was impossible to live near them.

  • I appreciated your viewpoint expressed in “Balancing the Needs.” (April 19 editorial)

  • On Line What? This is the response one may get from someone who does not use a computer for any type of transaction.

    The marvels of modern day communication gives us the opportunity to bank online, which includes paying bills, receiving direct deposits, automatic payment withdrawals etc. In addition we can purchase online, make travel arrangements, research anything and everything, plus read our newspaper and contact just about anyone.

  • An open letter to Bill Richardson, governor of New Mexico:

    I was personally devastated to read a three-inch news article where your position in regard to the Arizona governor and the possibility that she would sign racist legislation affecting those of us brown-skinned Mexicans and the net result of which would affect all of us. Your efforts are what is called “atole con el dedo,” “spoon feeding us with porridge” believing that it should satisfy us.

  • Regarding (the April 19 editorial) “Balancing the needs,” I write to those who made comments on the Internet saying a 47-wind turbine facility on Bernal Mesa is the way for the county to get rich. Imagine putting those 47 turbines on the Las Vegas ridge where all the schools’ “letters’ are. If it were impacting all of Las Vegas and it would never be a quiet, sleepy village, let’s see how long you stay in town.

  • Thumbs UP for ... WELCOME HOME. After a year in Iraq, the 720th Transportation Unit of the National Guard is returning home — a great cause for celebration. It’s the latest in a long line of deployments and returns, and we’re thrilled to have these patriots returning to the arms of family and friends.

    A welcome-home rally is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Sunday at Plaza Park in Las Vegas. We hope the turnout will be strong for these returning soldiers who have given so much for their country.

  • Parents should pay more attention to their children; they really should. Children have a habit of saying inconvenient truths aloud that we adults prefer to keep buried. It is an endearing trait.

    The First Lady recently told a charming little story about how 11-year-old Malia Obama is continually pestering her father to save endangered tigers. One interpretation of that story is that she means the physical tigers, presumably animals in an exotic place like Sumatra.

  • On April 13 the commissioners for San Miguel County voted on the membership of a task force to update the county rules on oil and gas drilling. This should be of concern to everyone in our community as how and where drilling takes place in the county could have serious impact on our land, our water, and even our culture. The techniques and chemicals used can be quite dangerous.

  • As a way of giving back to Highlands University, my alma mater, I decided to pick up a newly minted license plate that bears the letters “HU,” with the message, “Go Cowboys” on an attractive white-on-purple field.

    The plates became available this week at the local motor vehicle office, for a slightly higher fee than regular plates, Highlands receiving part of those fees. The trip to the MVD, while time-consuming, went surprisingly smoothly, considering it was also time to renew my driver’s license, which expires next month, after eight years.

  • Arnell David Arellanes is one of Las Vegas’ good educators. He’s a man of substance, as was made clear in an Optic article last week. In an interview about his impending departure, his words were both pointed and challenging in a number of ways.

  • The organizers of the Las Vegas Seed Exchange give heartfelt thanks to the many generous people who made the event a success.

    Organizers estimate that between 120 and 200  people attended.

  • Politicians should get credit when it’s deserved. I thank County Commissioner June Garcia and her husband, LeRoy Garcia, because I’ll be getting a reduction in property taxes the next time around.

    Last week, I filed for a head-of-house exemption, which deducts $2,000 from the taxable value of a house. You can use such a tax break only for your primary residence. It’ll mean about a $50 reduction in my taxes next year.

  • I am writing to you and the readers of the Optic today to let you know that April is Counseling Awareness Month!

    Were you aware that:

    • There are more than 600,000 professional counselors working in educational, mental health, community agency, private practice and other related human service settings all across the nation — with many of us right here in Las Vegas and San Miguel County.

    • Professional counselors work with human growth and development issues and problems of people at all life stages, from childhood through the senior years.

  • Our elected officials are required to live in the districts they represent. So it’s fair game to ask candidates for office about their residency.

    Voters can now reasonably wonder if District 1 San Miguel County Commissioner June Garcia lives here or in Sandoval County, which is two hours down the road.

    When a reporter called Garcia last week about these issues, she didn’t return the message. Instead, she had her husband and predecessor on the board, LeRoy Garcia, answer our reporter’s inquiries.

  • Thumbs UP to ... CREATIVE INGENUITY. A simple little “mil gracias” letter alerted us to a creative approach to education. Two local merchants — Hacienda and Gamble’s, provided Legion Park Elementary School students with a couple of hundred brown-paper bags and the kids used them to draw and color pictures of what they love most about our planet, as part of their Earth Day lesson. The decorated bags were then taken back to the stores for distribution to their customers.

  • As of April 20, the free Tuesday evening meal at the United Community Soup Kitchen will be stopped. The Soup Kitchen director made the decision to end this service to the community. For 20 months, a group of community volunteers have supervised and assisted in running this service, which provides a free meal to the 30 to 40-plus children and adults who show up each week for the meal served from 4 to 4:45 p.m. We believe it is our moral responsibility to continue to meet this need of our community.

  • On Monday morning, April 12, I received a phone call from a (woman) who garbled the name of the “delivery service” she claimed to be with. She informed me that she had a package for me inside of which was a check for $2.45 million which I had “won,” and that she would like to have the package brought “right over to you.” Smelling a scam, I hung up immediately.

  • What happened to the “balance” in the San Miguel County Oil and Gas Task Force?

  • The staff and students of Legion Park Elementary School would like to thank Hacienda and Gamble’s for their generous loan of a combined 200 brown-paper shopping bags. In celebration of upcoming Earth Day, the students colored each bag with a picture of what they love most about our planet (and, on some, a heartfelt message to us adults to save it for them). These bags have been given back to each store for distribution during the month of April.

  • An enjoyable aspect of writing a column is talking to and learning from people. Often, as I once did with the term “church key,” I ask people younger than I (and that includes the masses) what certain words mean to them.