• 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.

  • Letters to the Editor, Friday, Sept. 2, 2018

    CMOH for patience

    Sen. John McCain, Vietnam prisoner of war, received a Silver Star for his bravery, loyalty and love of country.

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, August 26, 2018

    Better late ...
    In 1891 the federal government created the Court of Private Land Claims for the purpose of approving Spanish and Mexican Land Grants which had been  guaranteed by the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. In July, Congressman Steve Pearce introduced a comprehensive bill addressing this unlawful taking of land.
    The bill, if passed will establish a commission similar to the Indian Claims Commission, to review the government’s wrongful taking of the Spanish and Mexican grants.

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018

    Daycare alive, well

    I am a transplant to this wonderful city of Las Vegas, N.M. I have witnessed many great things happen in a town when individuals are willing to work together for the common good of others. Strengthening our city in various areas only helps the city, as a whole, prosper and grow.

    We have many things going for us, besides a town for tourists. We need young, vibrant young minds in our workforce and in our professional and political entities to continue to move forward and to bring vitality to our city.

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, August 5, 2018

    Acknowledge great GOP
    The San Miguel County Federation of Democratic Women wishes to acknowledge a great Republican: John McCain. The Republican Party is honored to have in their ranks a man of Senator McCain’s intelligence, courage, morality and straightforwardness.  Sen. McCain’s ability to speak for himself, we suppose, makes him something of a Republican maverick. 

  • 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.