• Schools should prioritize academics

    This open letter to Felix Alderete, Member Las Vegas City Schools Board of Education, raises the question for more efficient administration of available funding.

    As a citizen of Las Vegas, New Mexico, I am proud of the accomplishments on the athletic fields of our city schools, BUT on any given day, a drive past the athletic fields of said school makes one wonder when there is any time left for education, besides that of character building on the athletic fields.

  • David and Goliath in Mora County

    In answer to your editorial “Where was Gary King”?  (11/20/13)  We feel you missed the point in supporting the lawsuit by the Independent Petroleum Association against Mora County.

    Why this lawsuit? It’s simply because Mora passed a Community Rights Ordinance which says, “People have an inalienable right to self-government, and that right can’t be suspended by corporations.”  John Olivas, Chairman of Mora County Commissioners says, “Why is it wrong for citizens of Mora County to say no to corporations?”

  • Mil Gracias - Nov. 29, 2013

    The Respect ABQ Women Campaign was successful in stopping a ban on women’s constitutional right for reproductive privacy. On Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, in Albuquerque, Pro-Choice trumped Anti-Choice by a good, solid 10 percent of the city vote. This success is incredible because of the number of organizations that put their backs to the cause of women’s liberty. This is a list of organizations that defeated the anti-women agenda:

  • Mil Gracias - Nov. 22, 2013

    The Las Vegas Police Department would like to thank the following local merchants who generously donated candy that was given out to numerous children for Halloween.
     The following Merchants donated:

    • Lowes Super Save on Mills Avenue (manager Ron Martinez)
    •. Lowes Super Save on Seventh Street (manager Michael Gonzales)
    • Walgreens on Mills Avenue (Keith Druyor, district manager)
    • Las Vegas Police Officers Association

    Christian Montaño
    Las Vegas Police Chief

  • Christ is still very much alive

    This is in response to Mr. Frank Torres’ letter, “Christmas Cookies.”

    I agree with Mr. Torres about the commercialization of Christmas. It has gotten so bad, that Christmas decorations are on sale before Halloween. Many people have forgotten what Christmas is all about — the birth of our lord, Jesus Christ. The detail has been lost somewhere in the shuffle.

  • Let’s stand with Mora County

    Some native Americans decided what actions to take, or not take, by considering the effect of such action on the seventh generation down the line. They looked to the future and wanted what was best for their grandchildren’s grandchildren.

    They looked to future generations and did not just care about themselves.

    There is an old saying: The mark of a wise man is that he can look to the future and know what is most likely to occur. So, if fracking were to happen, what is most likely to occur?

  • Enforce anti-tethering law

    Winter is almost here and I’m concerned about the chained dogs I continue to see on my walks. I was at the Las Vegas City Council meeting in February of 2013 when an anti-tethering ordinance was passed, so I’m confused about dogs still living chained 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Sometimes the dogs I see have short hair and have poorly built doghouses. This can be a miserable situation for a dog in winter.

  • Welfare programs address needs

    Recently a Letter to the Editor in the Optic by Mr. Ray Herrera disparaged people who utilize Federal and State poverty programs, including those that address food insecurity, such as the food stamp program now called SNAP. His view is that “Government dependency is a horrible thing that leads to generations of pride-less, lazy, unmotivated parasites being supported by the hardworking folks who have earned every penny of their retirement incomes and Social Security.”

  • Garcia was a ‘great man’

    On Oct. 24 Peñasco Blanco, Ledoux, El Carmen, Mora and Mora County lost a great man, a neighbor, a friend, a legend, at the age of 95. I had the honor and privilege of knowing Juan Pablo Garcia for well over 30 years. I always called him Juan Paul. Being in the sawmill business as well, I always “looked up” to him. He was very genuine, proud, stoic, dedicated, personable, well respected, well-known and hard working (according to one family member he was still using a chainsaw at the age of 92.) If you knew this man, you were blessed... If not, you truly missed out.

  • Christmas cookies

    Christmas cookies for sale at Walgreen’s two weeks before Halloween underscores boldly the madness of the marketplace.

    Well, Halloween is over. “Trick or Treat! Smell my feet. Give me something good to eat. I bask in the bliss of stuffing my face with sugar and corn syrup. I worship s’mores.”

    The season moves into russet-leaved scenes of a peaceful and  prosperous table around which those who gather share a feast that should be known by all — even the least for whom such scenes exist as a fable.