• Bad schools hurting our community

    I have just read, in one sitting, an entire summer’s worth of Optics. It was a totally dispiriting endeavor. This is not an indictment of Optic content, but of what is occurring in our community.

    The most damning stories, for me, are those chronicling the nonsense that passes for administration and management at Las Vegas City Schools. It defies logic that the two principals whose schools’ grades approach reasonable performance standards per the State of New Mexico are the two that have been RIFed.

  • Reader favors merger of LCC, HU

    I was happy to read that Sen. (John Arthur) Smith is recommending the merger of Luna Community College and Highlands University.

    The past events at LCC have been nothing but controversial. The CEO has done nothing but supply pork to the school only to maintain his position. Yes he is leaving but he has done little to nothing to move the college forward.

    Mr. (Abelino) Montoya has only added to the problems by refusing to work with his fellow elected trustees. This is nothing more than politics as usual in the area.

  • Tale of two cities must end

    I do not disagree with (Joe McCaffrey’s column), and I hope he does not get lumped in with the rest of us “extreme radicals” for voicing his concerns and suggestions toward the different issues impacting our fair city.

    The emphasis on the “fracking” issue is well warranted, but in no way addresses the many concerns the disenfranchised in our community are facing daily.

  • Mil gracias - Sept. 6, 2013

    I was saddened to hear of Mr. Horace Lucero’s retirement (as probate judge). I would like to thank him for his assistance and professionalism during our time of need. My family and I were in the process of changing the names on my parent’s home, and it became a huge debacle being I lived on the East Coast at that time.

  • Faire a celebration of our community

    The People’s Faire was indeed a wonderful occasion for vendors, as Mercy López’s photos in ... the Optic show.

  • Don’t call abortion a moral choice
  • Burglary victim speaks out

    History repeats itself? Yes it does. One year and three months ago someone walked into my house and stole my backpack. It was full of everything that was important to me. The items range from personal items to electronics.

    Fast forward 16 months during which time a lot of things have gone missing from my yard. Someone walked into my house again on Tuesday morning while I was in the kitchen filling my dog’s two-gallon tank with drinking water and took my new backpack containing many of the same items as before that I had painfully (emotionally), replaced last year.

  • Fear keeps sex abuse victims quiet

    What happens to the mind of a child, when that child is violated in a sexual way by family? Do you know? Have you felt the pain of isolation, of shame, of forbidden secrets?

    It’s almost a no-win situation, because there is public opinion, and that’s as hard to deal with as family and former friends, with ignorant comments uttered behind one’s back like: “It’s all lies, the victims are to blame,” or “why didn’t they report this when it first happened?”

  • Presidents need encouragement

    Throughout the years I have kept in touch with the presidents of the United States, starting from Ronald Reagan. It matters not whether they are Republican or Democrat. I feel that they need to hear from the grassroots, little people and know how we feel about important issues affecting Americans. The presidents have always kept in touch as well as the first ladies. These letters are my treasures.

  • Mil Gracias - Aug. 30, 2013

    I would like to thank the Rainsville Water and Sanitation Board for their many years of dependability of doing a basically thankless and selfless job in the most open and transparent manner possible. Each board member with an unwavering commitment has insured that each of us has access to an uninterrupted, safe and protected source of water. Just the thought of what their vital responsibility is to the Rainsville population astounds me and that they have successfully assured us, all of us, a healthier and viable environment is even more astounding.