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Letters

  • In search of pride and ambition

    I was seated in a local restaurant reading the newspaper and enjoying lunch when I was distracted by individuals in an adjoining booth boasting on how long they have been able to get away with extended unemployment, food stamps, welfare and how easy it was to get their free government cell phone.

  • Animal neglect is a serious problem

    Ecclesiastes 3:19 : “For what happens to the children of man and what happens to the beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts, for all is vanity...” Letters to the Optic regarding the subject of abortion have appeared with frequency over the past few months.

  • We must continue to trust women

    “Miley Cyrus and Lindsay Lohan” are examples of women who cannot be trusted. This is according to Mary Vermillion in her Optic letter of Sept. 27 regarding abortion. If one of these two misbehaving celebrities should find herself in an unplanned (or crisis) pregnancy, no choice for her! This raises a critical question: If you can’t trust a woman with a choice, how can you trust her with a baby?

  • Our war on children

    “The chief executive of Britain’s biggest abortion charity has said women are legally free to arrange an abortion because they are unhappy with the sex of their unborn baby.” — (UK Telegraph Oct. 7) Wonder what’s next.

    Some say when you can’t win an argument, change the subject. That’s exactly what Marshall Poole is attempting to do in his recent letter to the editor. His 1,100 words of rabbit trails are diversions from the issue of “life.”

  • Local hero deserves recognition

    Jerry Flores was an outstanding West Las Vegas High School athlete and scholar. He went on to sacrifice life and limb in the Vietnam War, where he paid the ultimate price — he gave his life for the values inculcated in him by his illustrious family, school and community.

    I find it only fitting that the West Las Vegas School Board provide an appropriate and well-deserved honor to this exemplary student, citizen, brother and beloved child by naming a school building appropriate to his honor.

  • The 11th Hour is here

    We say no to poisoned water and polluted air. A report from Environment America states that 280 billion gallons of toxic wastewater from fracking in the United States was generated in 2012 and 450,000 tons of air pollution was produced in one year.

    As the San Miguel County Moratorium on fracking nears its end, citizens are making every effort to ban natural gas fracking.

    Two Las Vegas groups, Casa de Cultura and the Committee for Clean Water, Air and Earth are bringing people together for a rally at the Old Town Plaza Park, Friday, Oct. 18 at 4:30 p.m.

  • Speak out against elder abuse

    October is National Long-Term Care Residents’ Rights Month, a time to acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices many long-term-care residents have made to better our community and to call attention to the rights of residents in long-term care facilities. This year’s theme – Speak Out Against Elder Abuse, was selected to call attention to the fact that elder abuse is an issue that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

  • Mil gracias - Oct. 11, 2013

    The San Miguel County DWI Prevention Education Program would like to express our gratitude to the following businesses for their generosity in contributing to our Community Prevention Education efforts: Southwest Financial Services, Hillcrest Restaurant, Franken Companies, Nelsons Funeral Home, Farmway Feed & Supplies.

  • Have compassion for animals

    No doubt, I am not the only person pleased to have the Animal Welfare Coalition take over the responsibility of the city’s animal shelter.

    While the city is still taking care of the utilities, the organization needs whatever help the community can offer. They can use dog/cat food, blankets, old towels and pet carriers, as well as volunteers to help with socializing the animals. Of course they can certainly use monetary donations, but if that isn’t possible the other items mentioned can bring much- needed help.

  • Flores responds to criticism

    In the senior profile (published Aug. 30) I never mentioned that I claimed to be a member of the “panel of inmates” who worked closely with Dwight Duran in filing a lawsuit based on prison conditions.

    The panel and Dwight Duran deserve every ounce of credit for bringing the matter before the federal court system. Their hard work paid off, and it made dramatic improvements on living conditions, disciplinary issues, medical care, etc. I agree I had nothing to do with that.