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Letters

  • Communities won’t remain passive

    This is a really big day for Mora. Outsiders from big oil consistently would be at our commissioner meetings. Never making eye contact or inviting any sort of greeting, the big oil minions made my stomach turn. In their minds Mora had already been divided into 64 pads, each host to four wells. I congratulate two commissioners’ hard work: John Olivas and Alfonso Griego for not laying waste the land of our forefathers.

    Ken Bugler
    Orofino, Idaho
    (Former Mora County resident)  
     

  • Olivas, Griego ‘true heroes’

    As a property owner in Mora County, I would like to commend our County Commissioners John Olivas and Alfonso Griego for standing up for the citizens of Mora County on April 29 by passing the community water rights and local self-government ordinance. They have taken a huge step showing their courage, integrity, and commitment to protect our water and our general welfare from damaging corporate interests.

    We are faced with the threat of natural gas companies wanting to exploit our resources. The environmental impacts from gas fracking are devastating. Such as:

  • Supports Mora’s drilling ban
  • Head Start cuts should be reversed

    First let me say that I’m really sorry to hear that the Head Start program is being cut in funding. In my younger days I was social services coordinator for the Head Start program in Cheyenne, Wyo. I was elected vice chair for Region 8 in Denver, Colo., and president of the Wyoming Head Start Staff Association for the whole state of Wyoming.

    This program is one of the most important, serving children from low-income homes, and it not only helps the child get a good head start in life, it benefits the whole family.

  • Recall organizers need to reconsider

    We do not understand the reasons behind the movement toward recalling Mayor Alfonso Ortiz. This is a very costly process for the city of Las Vegas, and ultimately we the taxpayers will pay the price for an unnecessary action. There is no evidence Mayor Ortiz has done anything illegal or corrupt.

  • Fear-mongers are wrong on fracking

    Just like with fracking, some years ago there was a similar hue and cry about the Forest Service’s thinning of the upper Gallinas Watershed. Then, like now with oil and gas development, the fear-mongers will be proven wrong.

  • Luna board should request state audit

    It is time for a Luna Community College state audit. After noting problems that have been brought to light by the Luna Community College board in  recent years, I feel it is important for the newly elected board to clear the air publicly and ask the state for an audit of all tax funded programs.

    If money for certain programs has been misused then those at the helm must be held accountable, starting at the top. The losers if mismanagement is proven to have taken place is not only the taxpayer but more importantly the students who attend LCC.

  • War killings just as appalling

    I am saddened by the bombing in Boston. I am sorry that three people died and many were injured.

    Now, what about the innocent people around the world who are being slaughtered in the name of war? We need to be just as appalled by these deaths. Men, women and children have died in the hundreds of thousands.

    When will we wake up and see that we are all one? We are all human beings.

    Carole Silon
    Las Vegas
     

  • Oil company haters should reject funds

    On the front page of the April 8-9 edition of the Optic there was a good story on the wildlife study that Highlands will be able to conduct as a result of a generous research grant. However, I noted that the grant was from one of those mean old capitalist oil companies. Now what?

  • Saddened by personal attack

    I was deeply saddened with the ignorance and lack of awareness displayed by Mayor (Alfonso) Ortiz and Las Vegas City Attorney David Romero in their efforts to attack me personally on the issue concerning my signature on the notice of intent to recall.

    My life has always been an open book. I don’t ask anyone to worship me, nor have I ever claimed to be a saint. I paid my dues to society, and I am not ashamed of my conviction. I was a political prisoner of war.