• Letters to the editor, Sept. 17, 2017

    Mil Gracias

    We would like to thank everyone who participated in the Fourth Annual B4B Benefit Motorcycle Run, silent auction and dance on Aug. 19.

  • Letters to the editor, Sept. 10, 2017

    Trial is conclusive

    Trial by ordeal was a judicial practice in England’s 13th century, where guilt or innocence was judged by subjecting the accused to a painful (or at least an unpleasant) experience, such as whether he/she could tread water. Defendants were deemed innocent if they escaped injury.

  • Letters to the editor - Sept. 3, 2017

    Refugee reform
    Not wanting to be left out, San Miguel County government is considering becoming a sanctuary county and thus the Cities of Las Vegas and Pecos sanctuaries too. It’s important that our local elected officials are considered just as politically correct and progressive as those in Santa Fe and elsewhere.

    It’s a badge of honor to stand against the law they have sworn to uphold. What could be nobler than signaling to their constituents that if you don’t like a law, then defy it.

  • Letter to the editor - Sept. 1, 2017

    What’s misleading?

    Following Mr. Frank Splendoria’s warning (Aug. 20) about “science” being just a liberal plot to mislead and rip us off, I figured that if “scientists” said the eclipse would be midday, Monday, Aug. 21, it must be at some other time instead.

    Therefore I spent all day before and after instead, staring at the sun (without eye protection ­— another liberal “scientific” bit of propaganda). I saw no eclipse whatsoever, and furthermore am almost blind now!

  • Letters to the Editor - Aug 27, 2017

    Revisit LCC role

    Unfortunately the colleges/universities in New Mexico have been suffering for several years as a result of the funding the state has not been able to provide.

    That lack of funding only leads to layoffs and not filling positions that become vacant. Progress can never be achieved when one has to focus on where to cut rather than where to grow.

  • Letters to the editor - Aug. 20, 2017

    EDITOR'S NOTE: In the Aug. 20, print edition, the letters written by Randy Nakasone and Alan Wicks were credited to the incorrect writers. The online version of these letters have been amended to show the correct writers.

    Flooding tough to prevent

    Recently, I was approached by several of my neighbors who asked me if the flooding problem on the corner of Palo Verde Drive and Cinder Road is being caused by the irrigation ditch/acequia, which crosses beneath Palo Verde.

  • Letters to the Editor - Aug. 13, 2017

    Exodus = stagnation
    It is time for New Mexico to change course.  What has not been working in the past must remain in the past.

    New Mexico is suffering as a state because of the lack of funds. As a result, every citizen pays the consequences. Those that suffer the most are the young people. They look at what the state offers them once they graduate from either high school or college.  

    A decision must be determined on whether to fight for the few jobs available or leave the state.

  • Letter to the Editor - Aug. 11, 2017

    Tweets, schmeets
    Everyone is in a tizzy about Donald Trump’s tweet banning transgender Americans from serving in our armed forces. Since when is a tweet an executive order? I do not recall tweets being mentioned in the Constitution or in any federal statute.

  • Letters to the editor, Aug. 6, 2017

    City’s plans?

    I was disappointed in the Las Vegas City Council for voting 4 to 1 to disapprove Resolution 17-27, which the Optic describes in their article of July 21-22 as “a non-binding declaration of support for resettlement of refugees.”

    Refugee status is a vetted and legal designation conferred by the federal government. Reasons cited for voting disapproval appeared to center on city resource constraints (“economic and quality-of-life challenges for the city”).

  • Letters to the Editor - July 23, 2017

    Media, report facts
    In response to the essay by John Stossel run as an editorial in the July 16 edition of the Optic, I want to make the following observations. Stossel says the media (I assume he means the news media) hates the current president and so they “leap on every anti-Trump rumor.”

    The job of the news media is to report the news and for years, fortunately or unfortunately, they have considered rumors to be newsworthy.

    During that time rumors have been reported as news without regard to the individual under scrutiny.