• East superintendent needs support

    After watching my father who was a N.M. superintendent of schools for over 30 years including nine in West Las Vegas and having worked with troubled school districts around the country, I came to the realization that it takes the community, teachers, the school board and superintendent working in tandem to put into place sound policies that will stabilize the district and improve the quality of education.

  • Fool me twice, shame on me

    “Thumbs up” for Christmas trees in “New Town.” A lump of coal for Old Town. Texas has attempted repeatedly to invade our area, and, since they’ve taken over Old Town Plaza, we at least  now get lights on the Plaza trees.  

    Consolidation of the two Las Vegas, New Mexico, school districts: “Old Town” has been left out of any progress after consolidation of city/town — e.g., Moreno/South Pacific intersection alone contained upwards of 12 businesses, only to lose out from city-town consolidation.

  • Wrong to reward good test scores

    I’m calling the Optic out on their misleading headline of last week, “Governor wants to reward good teachers.” She does not want to reward good teachers; she wants to reward good test scores. What the former district attorney (our Governor) and our never-been-a-teacher, for-profit-education-industry representative (our Secretary of Education) don’t understand is that a good teacher and a good data producer are two different things.

  • AG responds to Optic editorial

    In a recent editorial entitled “Where was Gary King?” concerning the Mora County Commissioners’ ban on fracking, the Las Vegas Optic and the Independent Petroleum Association of New Mexico failed to understand the duties of the State Attorney General in their one-sided tirade against me.

  • Alum proud of championship
  • Fond memories of skating pond

    I was born and raised in Las Vegas, and although I am an old man now, I still have crystal clear recollections of my childhood which come flooding back to me this time of year.

    I can remember the ice skating pond up in Montezuma and my grandmother driving me up there every afternoon after school so I could practice my figures and skate with my friends. Oh, the crisp air with a trace of fireplace smoke in the distance, and the excitement of just being there during the holidays! Out of all my childhood memories, I cherish this one the most.

  • Vasectomies may be the solution

    I believe a reasonable alternative to Mr. (Frank) Splendoria’s concerns (about abortion) is to mandate vasectomies for all men by age 35.

    Pamela G. Daves
    Las Vegas

  • Remember elderly this time of year

    The holidays are upon us, which can be a challenging time for residents of long-term care facilities, as well as their families. Two questions are often asked by families: Can I bring my loved one home overnight, or to a special family or religious celebration, and what can I do to ensure a successful visit that doesn’t feel awkward?

  • Another reason to shop local

    Here is yet one more reason to support locally owned, locally operated businesses in our community. What happened to me last week would never have happened at a big box store.

    I went to Art Essentials at 1001 Eight Street to buy some supplies for making gifts for the holidays. Stephanie, the owner, was very helpful. She willingly shared her extensive expertise. I left the store feeling much more creative than when I entered. I was excited to begin making my gifts for Christmas.

  • Our Lady of Guadalupe

    There are over one billion Catholics, and the Catholic Church has designated Dec. 12, as the day to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. So those who are not aware of the story, I will gladly retell it.