Letters to the Editor - July 18, 2014

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No shame in standing up for beliefs
There should be an inalienable understanding that the “Fiestas” are in celebration of our people, our talents, our accomplishments. It is fitting that our Vegas All Stars, Little Leaguers, veterans, school clubs, civic organizations, Fiesta royalty and our nearby communities be celebrated.
Our attention should not be diverted from the greatness of community by an undeserved slap in our faces by Alfonso Ortiz’s poor judgment again.
Why turn our Fiesta Parade into a political venue for a Republican who, if you check the figures, did more to hurt us than help us? San Miguel County is historically a Democratic county.
Whatever negative response or reaction this event received should have been expected.
Las Vegas and San Miguel have many people who could be honored as grand marshal. I remember years ago, Vivian Vance from Albuquerque was our grand marshal. She did not, however, bring in the cast and crew from the “I Love Lucy” show to exploit the people of Las Vegas and stage a production the way Susana Martinez did. Her truckload of posters were smeared along the parade route, a sinister black streak across the heart of our Fiesta colors.
Politics isn’t pleasant so let’s keep it in its place.
Anyone who would deny or abridge freedom of speech is either not thinking about what they’re saying or they are an enemy to our society. There is no shame in standing up for what you believe politically or socially. It is a shame, it is criminal to threaten and be abusive to people who speak out.
I cannot agree with everyone and what they’ll say, but I will stand and defend their rights to be and have voice.
Con todo respeto.
Ralph D. Laumbach

Irony lost on letter writer
I enjoyed Rey Herrera’s letter (Friday, July 11) concerning the “planned” rudeness at the parade on the 5th of July. I suppose though, the irony of passing out bottled water to the “Angry Las Vegas Citizenry” (ALVC) was lost on the author, given that the ALVC’s main concern is the polluting of the water due to fracking activities. But when the author then segued into a reflection concerning Mr. (Martin) Suazo’s letter (presumably also a member of the ALVC), it provoked me to wonder if the local Republican party would consider changing their mascot to that of Felis selvistris catus, given the nature of his commentary.
Bruce Wilson
Las Vegas, NM

Upset about fiesta sign
God Bless The United States of America.
“The general principles on which the fathers achieved independence were ... the general principles of Christianity ... I will avow that I then believed, and now believe, that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God; and that those principles of liberty are as unalterable as human nature.” (Taken from a letter from John Adams to Thomas Jefferson on June 28, 1813)
Benjamin Franklin said, “Here is my Creed. I believe in one God the creator of the heavens and the Universe. That he governs it by His Providence. That He ought to be worshipped.” (March 9, 1790 in a letter to Ezra Stiles, President of Yale University.) “Heavenly Father, May all revere Thee, And become They dutiful children and faithful subjects. May thy laws be obeyed on earth as perfectly as they are in Heaven. Provide for us this day as Thou has hithero daily done. Forgive us our trespasses, and enable us likewise to forgive those that offended us. Keep us out of temptation and deliver us from Evil.” Benjamin Franklin’s own version of the Lord’s Prayer. Benjamin Franklin’s speech to the Constitutional Convention of 1787 stated, “God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured in the sacred writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this. I also believe that, without His concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better that the builders of Babel.”
Thomas Jefferson stated, “God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath? Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.” 1781 Query XVIII of his notes on that state of Virginia. Thomas Jefferson on June 29, 1775 wrote, “Believe me, dear Sir: there is not in the British empire a man who more cordially loves a union with Great Britain that I do. But by the God that made me, I will cease to exist before I yield to a connection on such terms as the British Parliament propose; and in this, I think I speak the sentiments of America.”
George Washington stated in part, “I now make it my earnest prayer the God would have you and the State over which you preside, in His holy protection that He would incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another, for their fellow citizens of the United States at large....(June 8, 1783 in a letter to the governors of the states on disbanding the army).
When we were little, our grandparents used to tell us, “Buenos dias dice el diablo por no dicer el nombre de Dios.” Rather we were taught to say, “Buenos Dias de le a Dios.”
“Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father.” Mathew 10:32-33
Our Family was appalled that a few could make choices for those of us who do believe in God and want Him in our lives, our homes, our city, our state and our country. We feel that by not trying to offend the minority, they did indeed offend the majority. What a sad day it is when God is taken away from those of us who pray to God everyday of our lives and have been praying for a very long time that Las Vegas become a City of God.
George and Gloria M. Alderete
Las Vegas

Mil gracias
The 126th Las Vegas Fourth of July Fiestas is nearly in the history book. In order to accurately document the event I would like to express my gratitude to Mayor Alfonso E. Ortiz Jr., and acting City Manager Elmer Martinez. I would like to thank our Grand Marshal, Gov. Susana Martinez and the First Gentleman, Chuck Franco.
Our clean-up crew deserves special recognition; they had a big job and we received numerous compliments on their work. My deep appreciation goes to the department heads and employees of the city of Las Vegas in the Solid Waste Division, Parks Division, Waste Water Division, Streets Department, Community Development, and administrative staff in all of our divisions, city reception, and cashiers office, the Finance Office, Human Resources, IT, Clerks Office, City Attorney Dave Romero, Gilbert Martinez in Safety, and the Recreation Center. Thank you to our Fire Department and police force for help with logistics and keeping everyone safe during the holiday. Thank You to Father George Salazar and Immaculate Conception Church for the Mass. Thank you is also in order to the Las Vegas Arts Council and the winners and participants of the poster contest. Xavier Romero was tireless and enthusiastic to help us in all we asked of him throughout the Fiesta. I would like to Thank our Queen Candidates Sonia Castillo and Rebecca Marie Cecilia Trujillo. Alvin Jiron and his wife Charlene should take a bow for the Queen’s float and décor. Maria Perea added a beautiful personal touch with our décor in the Plaza, and the whole park looked amazing.
The Optic did a great job on the Fiesta programs. To our vendors and entertainers it was a pleasure to have you here. Thank you to our parade volunteers. We had some fabulous entertainment and events because of our corporate sponsors: Southwest Capital Bank, Walmart, Tri-County Farmers Market, Big R, BTU, Donna Martinez at NMHU, and the help from NMHU security and use of equipment. To Santa Fe Audio Visual, thank you for making us sound great!
 The Fiesta Committee works year round to plan this event and they are already working on the 127th version! I applaud the dedication this group has to one of Las Vegas’ signature events! Thanks for walking me through my first year.
Many people stepped way above and beyond their regular job duties to help with the 2014 Fiestas. They gave of themselves by giving their time and holiday (time away from their families) to help. Thank you to family members of the committee who jumped in to help when they saw an opportunity. It takes the efforts of many to make Fiestas a success. There is an abundance of talent and dedication in this community, and I could not be more proud! Thank you Las Vegas; the family and friends in this beautiful place are its greatest asset. Gracias!
Annette Velarde
Event Planner/Film Liaison
City of Las Vegas

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Big sincere thank you, to the following businesses:
Southwest Capital Bank for your donation and also for allowing us to use your Facility and Parking Lot for our Fund Raiser, Rough Rider 200 Aid Station, Southwest Financial Services of Las Vegas, Inc., Rose Marie Montoya, State Farm, Mora Valley Community Health Services, La Jicarita Rural Telephone Cooperative, Community First Bank, Canon City Landscaping, Philip Bustos, Owner, Ropers Plumbing, Garcia Underground, Inc., John Garcia Owner, Studio 434, Annie Jo Lindsay, Russells in Mora, Manager Albert Lucero, Rough Riders 200, Michael Martinez, Donation for Aid Station in Mora on June 28th at Southwest Capital Bank Mora Branch, Rebecca Montoya, Mora County Manager, and donors who contributed $100 or more were as follows: Jack and Shelly Rains, John and Pam Olivas, Craig and Kristy Wolf, Mackey Brittan, Jessyka Sanchez and Trini Bradley.
In addition, we received other donations, ticket sales, volunteer work from all parents, family and friends that donated to the Mariachi De Lo De Mora Fund, for the new Trajes purchased this past May, making this purchase a huge success. It is only when committed businesses or people in the community, allow us to provide an atmosphere for creating a strong sense of school community, spirit and pride. Our students greatly benefit from support and assistance as they serve to promote their school to the best of their ability.
I would like to extend a thank you to the following people for roles they assisted and took charge off to make the Music Fund Raiser for Mariachi De Lo De Mora and Mora Independent High School Band a success;
Kristy Wolf, for driving to El Paso to pick up the Trajes for the children to perform at the Fund Raiser Event. Kristy Wolf, Jessyka Sanchez, Louise Sanchez, Tracy Alcon, Rebecca Gallegos, Cindy Garza and Pam Olivas for ironing, combing hair and assisting in getting the children ready for the event.
Denise Casados, Valerie Montoya, Thomas Garza, Cindy Garza, and Lorinda Maestas for working and setting up the Concession Stand and collecting ticket monies at the door.
Jolynn Benavidez, Tasha and Sal Montoya, Earl and Sophie Chavez, Victor Garcia and Glenda Olivas, Victoria Lovato, Katherine Valdez, Cassandra Allemand, Jessyka Sanchez, Louise Sanchez, Thomas and Cindy Garza, Juan and Rebecca Gallegos, Wayne and Tracy Alcon, Craig and Kristy Wolf, Carlos and Kathy Mendoza, Joaquin and Lorinda Manual-Maestas, Andrew and Crystal Martinez, Marissa Vigil, Adam and Valerie Montoya, Alex and Yvonne Montoya, Joey and Denise Casados, Carlos Arellano and Rita Sanchez, for donating the food and drink items to sell at the concession stand, if we missed someone’s name please note that there were too many to thank, but no one is forgotten, everyone is appreciated to no end for their generosity.
To all students and parents who sold tickets for the Fund Raiser.
Craig Wolf, for set up of bands and sound system.
To both bands who played for free: Quemoso and Los Malcriados, thank you for the great dance music.
To the performing Mariachi De Lo De Mora group, for your outstanding achievement this past year and for performing on short notice to show off your new Trajes, you guys looked very nice and sounded great.
Again, in closing, no words can express the gratitude for these donations and volunteers for Mariachi De Lo De Mora and Mora Independent High School Band. We are going to continue with Fund Raising Efforts, to raise more monies for both music groups, so that we can purchase Band Uniforms in the future, more Trajes, or monies for trips. We cannot do these types of purchases without the help of community, so thank you once again!

Jessyka Sanchez, George Trujillo, and Robin and Deb May on behalf of the Parent Booster Club for Music Department, Mora Independent Schools
Mariachi De Lo De Mora and Mora Independent High School Band
Joaquin Manuel-Maestas, Music Director, Mora Independent Schools