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Letters

  • Try running a real business

    Very seldom and rare is the politician who has had to make payroll, pay utilities on his own office, or worry about his staff’s insurance, etc. Oh sure, they see that these things get done, but the building they work in is not their own — if a water leak develops, they just call maintenance.

    Our politicians have rarely held a job that didn’t draw their budget from the taxpayer.  Politicians rarely have to worry about their enterprise bringing in enough for the week’s or month’s payroll.

  • Untwisting concerns

    In my letter to the editor a few weeks ago, I disagreed that the size of a solitary confinement cell was “torture” as subjectively defined by Amnesty International (AI). I made no comment on the term of confinement. Yet, in Judy Bennett’s recent letter, she extrapolates and construes that I am “barbaric” and “(he) condones the violence that permeates our society.”

  • Opposed to any rate increase

    This letter is in reference to the consideration of a water rate increase for the citizens of the area that use the public water system.

    I am strongly opposed to any rate increase for anyone using the public water system, whether the citizen resides in, or out of, county. A rate increase would negatively impact not only my family, but those of my neighbors, community, city and county.

  • An Ojitos Frios perspective

  • A personalized letter speaks volumes

    When was the last time you sat down and wrote a personal letter to someone?

    Emails, phone calls, texts and tweets: They’re all quicker and easier. In an age of instant gratification, a letter sounds stodgy and old fashioned. But done with care, a letter can be the most heartfelt, intimate form of communication. A letter has the power to convey thoughts and feelings to someone we care about in a way that is memorable and lasting.

  • Mil Gracias - August 17, 2012

    Carnegie Public Library’s Summer Reading Program “Dream Big-READ” has once again come to an end and was a complete success.  

    We would like to thank the following for their generosity: Southwest Capital Bank, for sponsoring this year’s program, City of Las Vegas Fire Department, Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, Las Vegas City Schools Foods Service Department, Subway, Tome on the Range and West Las Vegas Athletic Department.

  • Photo work has been fun

    Photographing and designing a weekly photo page for the Las Vegas Optic for the summer has been a pleasure. I was able to meet many locals and event-goers from all over town, work under deadlines in a busy press environment and improve my own skills as a photographer.

  • Mil Gracias - August 13, 2012

    You have guardian angels living in your community, Las Vegas!

    Unfortunately, I encountered a deer with my truck, on Highway 104 one evening recently. Fortunately my passenger and I were not hurt. I want to personally thank Joseph and Sonia, the good Samaritans who stopped to help, and stayed with us for several hours and helped clean up the debris from the roadside; they were so kind!

    Also, my hat is off to deputies Bernal and Nelson, for their professionalism, support and assistance with the paperwork.

  • Caring more, not less

    Frank Splendora recently objected, in a letter to the Optic, to Amnesty International’s position regarding prolonged solitary confinement in U.S. prisons, a practice which too frequently descends into a form of torture. Mr. Splendora seems to feel that AI’s position leads to coddling prisoners.   

  • Extremes are nonproductive

    We have read your published letters from Carrol Pearson and Frank Splendoria about solitary confinement. Mr. Splendoria mentioned the recent murders in Aurora, Colo., by one James Holmes. These were probably far worse than the Columbine murders some years ago. These things certainly ought not to be.