• Letter to the Editor, Wednesday, October 31, 2018

    Choose Gary

    As a New Mexican for over 20 years, Gary Johnson was my governor.

    I was struck by his messages of fiscal responsibility, individual liberty, and social inclusiveness during the presidential election. Honesty, integrity, and genuine hope pervaded his messages. He was exactly the type of person we needed in our nation’s leadership.

    Gary wants to ease the pathway to citizenship. He wants our troops to come home and focus instead on a robust national defense.

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, October 28, 2018

    Support natural gas
    With Election Day only a couple of weeks away, residents are drowning in a dizzying array of political ads, with potential lawmakers promising jobs, jobs, and more jobs.

  • Letter to the Editor, Wednesday, October 24, 2018

    Ex-chief innocent?

    Could anyone please tell me when (Las Vegas City) Councilor Barbara Perea-Casey received her law degree?

    She wants allegations on (now resigned) Police Chief (Jerry) Delgado to be investigated by an independent agency other than the New Mexico State Police.

    Isn’t she jumping the gun? I have NOT heard or seen any charges filed against Delgado. And who is going to pay for the investigation?

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, October 21, 2018

    Natural gas = good
    It has been all over state news lately that New Mexico has a large budget surplus due to natural gas production in our state. Hopefully, this new revenue will translate to more funding for our schools.

    Natural gas already has helped improve our personal safety and our environment. Utilities are installing modern pipelines that will deliver gas at much lower pressures, which means these lines are even safer than they were just a few years ago.

  • Letter to the Editor, Sunday, October 7, 2018

    He lacks empathy
    Donald Trump lacks the ability to feel empathy — a trait common in homo sapiens. 
    He is recorded saying that he can do anything he wants to women, including grabbing their genitals.

    Donald Trump, to our knowledge, has never been sexually assaulted.  How, then, can he possibly dictate what a victim of violent sexual assault should do?

  • Letter to the Editor, Sunday, September 30, 2018

    Land grant progress
    On Sept. 6, a U.S. congressional committee held hearings on a bill to establish a presidential commission to revisit claims and provide for the eventual return of federally-managed lands lost by land grants.

    Introduced by Congressman Steve Pearce, H.R. 6365 now advances to the House Natural Resources Committee.

  • Optic letters to the editor, October and November 2018

    As the weeks count down toward the Nov. 6 general election, the Optic will expectantly receive more and more columns, op-eds and letters pertaining to election topics or candidates.

    Due to this anticipated volume, the Optic will only publish election-related opinion items prior to the election if received by 5 p.m, Friday, Oct. 26.

  • Letter to the Editor, Sunday, September 23, 2018

    Stand for anthem
    I recently attended the football game between Highlands University and Adams State on Sept. 8.
    The good thing was that Highlands won the game. The two bad things were the size of the crowd and two Highlands players kneeling during the National Anthem.

    The veteran who attended the game with me was very insulted by the players that chose to kneel. He was ready to leave after seeing their behavior.

  • Letter to the Editor, Sunday, September 16, 2018

    Eagle claim false
    An article published on Aug. 30 suggests hunting with traditional ammunition with lead components is a threat to golden eagle populations. This is false.

    Examining sick eagles is a good way to find individual sick eagles, but this ignores the fact that eagle populations throughout the country are growing and thriving.

    The removal of bald eagles from the federal Endangered Species list in 2007 alone indicates a dramatic comeback in the population, even while hunters have used traditional ammunition for hundreds of years.

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, September 9, 2018

    Truly a statesman
    Watching what is now 10 days of tributes to Senator John McCain by the leading citizens of the world from all walks of life, I have wondered what I, with my tiny voice, might add.

    I am what most people of the Republican persuasion would call a “flaming liberal,” which, by the way, I consider an honor. Nevertheless, I had a deep respect for McCain for all the reasons expressed so eloquently since his passing.