• 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. 

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, May 27, 2018

    End Alzheimer’s
    Living with the scourge of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia can be especially difficult in New Mexico, and yet, 38,000 New Mexicans live with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia today.

    Many face challenges of living in rural and isolated communities without healthcare support or services. The disease consumes them and those who care for them in the cruelest way. This underscores the growing public health crisis of Alzheimer’s disease in our state.

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, May 20, 2018

    Yes, too windy
    Hooray! It’s spring, and summer is just around the corner. Time for barbecues, swimming, vacations and an all-time favorite: baseball.

    As you know if you were in Las Vegas on Tuesday, April 17, we had “hurricane” winds of 79 mph. No one in their right mind would be out in these weather conditions., especially young children, but there was, with three Little League teams playing at Keyes Park.The winds were strong, even between 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, May 13, 2018

    Get input first
    Once again, it appears that the governor, along with the Public Education Department are seeking to wreak havoc with their rule-making regulations to destroy public education in New Mexico.

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, May 6, 2018

    Billion-dollar babies
    It seems that every other newspaper article I read these days manages to mention this billionaire or that billionaire. All of a sudden you can’t accomplish anything without having a billion dollars or so lying around.

    The owners of this current title of quasi-royalty appear to be in charge of this runaway train we call a country and their bank account is so great that the rest of us schmucks can only hang on for dear life.