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Opinion

  • Our city is governed to the assets and speed of the “Victorian Triangle.” That is, those citizens living within the boundaries of Grand Avenue on the east, Rio Gallinas on the west, the confluence of Grand Avenue and Rio Gallinas on the south, and open-ended on the north, dictate taxing, personal resources, influence, and political clout.

    Our City Council is constituted as one in which the representatives are selected at the different sectors of the city, and the influence of that sector follows the council person.

  • I would like to thank the 104 people in Mora County who still believe in me. Know that even if I lost the election, I will always be there to help in whatever way I can if they ever need me.

    I tell the truth and can back it up in black and white. I also write a lot of informational articles in the paper which some people detest, but there was a lot of negative verbal publicity and defamation of character in this election process, before and after, and I detest that.

  • On the morning of June 6, there was a structure fire that had spread to the forested property in the Rincon Ranch subdivision. One home burned, however, there was not anyone injured.  It was a seasonal vacation home.

     I would like to thank the Guadalupita, Moreno Valley and Mora fire departments for their quick response. Also, I would like the thank the neighboring residents who provided quick response help until the departments arrived.

  • This is in response to recent news articles published throughout New Mexico in reference to disparaging and racist remarks (allegedly) made by Val Kilmer, actor, who is now scheduled to appear before the San Miguel County Commissioners on June 23. Remarks he made back in 2003 and 2005 with Esquire Magazine and the Rolling Stone Magazine, are now being denied by Mr. Kilmer. Both magazines have stated publicly that despite Kilmer’s denial, they both stand (by) their publications.

  • Thumbs UP to ... GLAD TO GET THEIR ATTENTION. Last week, just three days after primary election day, both major party nominees for governor and lieutenant governor came to town. Republicans Susana Martinez and John Sanchez and Democrats Diane Denish and Brian Colon visited Las Vegas, meeting with and speaking to their supporters as part of their introductory general election campaigns.

  • We expect the Las Vegas City Council to scrutinize all expenses — whatever the funding source. Last week, the council, to its credit, did just that.

    A majority voted down a request from the public housing authority to pay up to $5,700 to a consultant to form a residents council. Councilwoman Tonita Gurule-Giron questioned why the city’s staff couldn’t form such a committee.

  • I moved to New Mexico 35 years ago. The clean air, wildlife, earth, people and culture make this a most beautiful place to live. Now the oil and gas industry wants to move in and ruin our home.

  • If Democrat Diane Denish wants to be elected governor in the November general election, she likely will have to make a strong statement against Gov. Bill Richardson’s practice of awarding top jobs and lucrative contracts to his campaign contributors and buddies. She certainly didn’t do that in her campaign stop in Las Vegas last week.

  • This letter is in response to the May 24 story regarding the West Las Vegas budget and the business manager. Boy, she sure has nerve demanding a 28 percent increase in salary. ...

    Why should the whole West Las Vegas staff have to settle for a zero percent increase — people who, incidently, have been with the schools for years — while she sits back and enjoys a $20,000 pay increase? Just who does she think she is?

  • You’ve heard it said that a college degree is worth what a high school diploma used to be. There was a time, certainly in my lifetime, when educators urged us not to drop out of high school. “You hold the key to the future,” and other such bromides put the fear of poverty into us.

    At the time, when the U.S. began its switch from a mercantile society to an information-processing country, the need for higher degrees increased. I’m not going to give a paean on the benefits of school but merely stress how important certain qualifications are. To some.

  • Just because policymakers present a united front doesn’t mean everybody’s happy with the way things are going. Last week’s primary election offers a case in point.

    Two San Miguel County commissioners, June Garcia and Albert Padilla, were defeated in their re-election bids. And even though Sheriff Benjie Vigil won his party nomination, he did so with a slim, slim margin and only a little more than a third of the votes.

  • New Mexico’s Democrats are in trouble, and they’re beginning to realize it.

    Suffering from Bill Richardson fatigue, most people are tired of the governor’s more than seven years of pay-to-play politics.

    A day after the Democratic and Republican primaries, Diane Denish, the Democrats’ gubernatorial candidate and Richardson’s lieutenant governor, started to distance herself from our state’s leader.

  • I read, with disbelief, County Planning and Zoning Supervisor Alex Tafoya’s comment in your article, “(Task Force) Panel’s Makeup in Dispute.” He said, “....it’s not like we’re building a new nuclear bomb....”

  • “In Afghanistan there is war.  That’s President Obama’s fault.  He needs to leave the place alone so it can get settled, and if it doesn’t work he needs to try another plan, not the same thing over and over.  And he needs to stop sending people to Pakistan.  Then it will get worse. I’m Aman (an Arabic name), who was born in Las Vegas, N.M, and is trying to help Afghanistan for all.”

  • I am writing in response to a recent Optic article about the lop-sided membership of the San Miguel County Oil and Gas Ordinance Task Force. Planning and Zoning supervisor Alex Tafoya was quoted as saying, in relation to the work of the task force, “It’s not like we’re creating a new nuclear bomb.” Mr. Tafoya is correct. We want an ordinance to prevent a bomb, not create one. When I was a teenager, a natural gas pipeline exploded in our community. It was like a bomb was detonated.

  • I would like to respond to the letter written by Kathleen Dudley. The writer, in my opinion, seems to be trying to say that it’s odd that state Rep. Thomas Garcia is being interviewed for the position of (Mora schools) superintendent after he received gifts from the Mora Independent Schools. Has it ever occurred to Ms. Dudley that he is being interviewed for this position based on his education, and qualifications? Apparently not. And as for the gifts, there is a reason they call them gifts. They are just that.

  • Thumbs UP to ... THE PROCESS MOVING FORWARD. It certainly was an busy primary election season, with plenty of local and state races. Most of them were decided with pluralities rather than majorities — an unfortunate result of the lack of runoffs. Plus, turnout was low. So there are reasons to be discouraged with this election cycle.

    That said, those who did vote made the process work, while those who didn’t — the ones who are part of the problem rather than the solution — have no room to complain (though we’re certain they will anyway).

  • Over the last several months I have established a new online habit.

    As a voracious news consumer I will scan several online news sources; The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle (SFGate), KTVU.com, the Dallas Morning News, The Los Angeles Times and others. And of course thanks to the online edition of the The Las Vegas Optic, I can call up the latest happenings of my hometown.

  • It’s not the isolated bag that somehow gets dislodged from a moving pickup or a Wal-Mart bag that shoots out the window when Missy cranks the handle.

    No, instead, what a residential area in Camp Luna inherited Tuesday morning, compliments of some anonymous donor over the Memorial Day weekend was more than a dozen bags of trash, garbage, organic stuff, important records, school reports, sensitive material from hospitals and welfare agencies, a partially used prescription, and several dozen empty DVD cases.

  • On behalf of Samaritan House Inc., we would like to take this opportunity to extend our deepest appreciation and gratitude to The Catholic Foundation, Archdiocese of Santa Fe, for their 2009 Grant Award of $5,000.

    The application was sponsored by Immaculate Conception Church and submitted by two of our board members, Katie McDonough and John Geoffroy.