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Letters

  • Any tax increase needs approval

    This letter is in reference to the tax increase that is going to be imposed on the taxpayers of the Las Vegas City School District.


    It is my understanding that any tax increase has to be approved by the electorate of the district in a duly called election. I don’t remember any such election being held.

  • Mismanagement blame is shifted

    At the Las Vegas School Board hearing on Oct. 14, regarding at least a 30 percent increase in county property taxes being assessed this year, school board president Ramon “Swoops” Montaño made a big point about not seeing the participants at usual school board meetings, as did a woman in the audience, who turned out to be an employee of the school district. This, in my opinion, is a typical tactic to blame the victims in an effort to shift blame from those guilty of gross financial mismanagement in the district.

  • Proud backer of Martinez

    I would like to respond to all the negative ads of Susana Martinez.
    First, they said she was going to move the medical center to Las Cruces. It was a lie. Then, they said she didn’t like Hispanic people; that also was a lie. Now, they said that she is not from New Mexico and that she is from Texas. Strange Gov. Bill Richardson is from California.


    The Democrats didn’t say anything when he was running for governor.

  • Military has to train

    I take offense to the letter to the editor from Mr. Cliff Bain in the Oct. 13 edition of the Las Vegas Optic. We have the best trained military in the world because they train in peace as they would if they were at war. They train in northern New Mexico because the terrain is like Afghanistan, which is where they are at the present time.

  • Beware of land grabbers

    Whites Peak is but one example of special interests taking over the lands we natives have always held in common and are now in danger of losing to insensitive newcomers and the bureaucrats who earn their living off the taxpayer, but continue to exploit public lands we’ve sacrificed to maintain and keep in the public domain.


    We must all garner our resolve to maintain these holdings by denying our vote to those who would partner up with special interests to wrest these lands from the public domain.

  • Where are the reports?

    A month or so after the primary election in June, I accessed the secretary of state’s website to check the campaign finance reports of Paula Garcia and John Olivas, two of the county commission candidates in Mora County. I discovered that while Paula Garcia had filed such reports, listing receipts and expense totals, her list of contributors totaled less than half her reported receipts. John Olivas had not filed any reports.

  • Mess causing flat tires

    I am writing in regard to the Las Vegas city transfer station and the railroad crossing on Arriba Road, which leads to the city transfer station.

    Ever since the transfer station was built, there has been an ongoing issue with trash being blown everywhere and dropped onto the street and railroad crossing.

  • Self-interest afflicts voting

    If the polls are correct, Americans are on the verge of voting against their own self-interest by electing Tea Party and Republican candidates on Nov. 2. If they do, they will be voting against health care improvements, consumer protection, regulation of Wall Street and much other legislation that Obama and the Democrats have passed in the best interest of all Americans.
    Gus Pacheco
    Trujillo
     

  • Good people at Alta Vista

    Having a loved one in Alta Vista Regional Hospital recently, I just want to say I’m happy that Las Vegas has such a beautiful facility, staffed with such caring, loving, conscientious people.
    My experience there has been very positive.
    Jim Terr
    Santa Fe

  • An explanation of Arts Council efforts

    In response to a recent letter to the Optic in the Oct. 1 edition: Art organizations and art projects in general have been run aground, unfortunately, in a rather roughshod manner. The Las Vegas Arts Council cannot speak for the artists’ master website or the Artists Directory as they are not our projects. As for the LVAC, in particular, misrepresentations abound.