• Letters to the Editor, Sunday, July 29, 2018

    Celebrate a gem
    I have read carefully read your excellent article in the June 29 issue of the Optic about the Samaritan House.

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, July 22, 2018

    Non-white cowboys
    Most people don’t know; and the Anglos don’t want them to know that the Nuevo Mexicanos were the first cowboys in North America, starting in 1598.
    We were also the first colonizers, ranchers, miners, etc. My ancestors were among the people, with Oñate, who drove 1,400 cattle and 800 horses to New Mexico on Aug. 11, 1598.

  • Letters to the Editor, July 15, 2018

    Facts re: Trump

    Editor: The June 15 Optic printed an insulting political cartoon depicting Trump and his followers as racist bigots.

    Might the far-left media supply some facts when hurling negative comments against conservatives? I’ve seen nothing but concern and friendship from Trump for people of color.

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, July 8, 2018

    Protestors protest
    The Optic’s Sunday, July 1, headline, “State police break up protest at Capitol,” was misleading. It presented the armed policemen as heroes in the story of  women protesting the separation of children and families.

    These nuns and little old ladies, willing to go to jail over what they know is horribly wrong, are the heroes. The police aren’t even the story.

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, July 1, 2018

    Family paper?

    For many years, I have enjoyed The Las Vegas Optic as a family newspaper. The last Optic (Sunday, June 17, 2018) had an editorial cartoon with a caption of #metoo*orny (I edited this).

    Maybe some think this is funny but is this material for a family newspaper?

    How do we explain this to the young reader?


    David Martinez, Las Vegas

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  • Letter to the Editor, Sunday, June 24, 2018

    Dictator to king?

    If Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court allow Donald Trump to pardon himself, as Rudy Giuliani has asserted, he will no longer be our dictator. He will become KING, with power to execute or deport all people of color.

    Julian Rains, Las Vegas

    Fracking mania

    When was the last time you read in the newspaper, or saw on TV, Facebook, Twitter etc. that groundwater has been contaminated in New Mexico by fracking for oil and gas?

  • Letter to the Editor, Sunday, June 17, 2018

    Acequia obsolete?

    Is our acequia becoming obsolete? I certainly hope not!

    The irrigation ditch I am referring to takes water from the Gallinas River about 50 yards south of San Antonio church where I and my brothers and sisters attended catechism class with the padresitos. I often wondered why it wasn’t named Acequia Madre de San Antonio.

    As the precious water flows south along side of Old National Road, it soon arrives at the land once used to produce vegetables to sustain state hospital patients.

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, June 10, 2018

    Be Libertarian
    I was so pleased to be able to vote Libertarian — with an official ballot!

    There are more than 8,000 registered Libertarians in New Mexico; the party has certainly grown since I ran for Congress in 1984, against Bill Richardson. In addition to Bob Walsh, candidate for governor, there are 12 other names on the Libertarian ballot.

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, June 3, 2018

    I am that leader

    When New Mexico and Arizona were first granted statehood, the federal  government established land offices to pay for education.
    While Arizona was paid directly out of the state land revenue, New Mexico was considered too brown and uneducated to handle a large asset.

    We were constitutionally  mandated to spend part of the interest earned off the non-renewables  “common schools” fund for our beneficiaries.

  • Letter to the Editor, Friday, June 1, 2018

    GOP voters needed

    Republicans, the Primary Needs YOU!

    San Miguel County Republicans need to vote in this primary election, but it won’t take very long.  There is one contested Republican primary race, the Public Regulation Commissioner for District 2, which is pretty much the entire eastern third of the state, including our county.