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Letters

  • Oil company haters should reject funds

    On the front page of the April 8-9 edition of the Optic there was a good story on the wildlife study that Highlands will be able to conduct as a result of a generous research grant. However, I noted that the grant was from one of those mean old capitalist oil companies. Now what?

  • Saddened by personal attack

    I was deeply saddened with the ignorance and lack of awareness displayed by Mayor (Alfonso) Ortiz and Las Vegas City Attorney David Romero in their efforts to attack me personally on the issue concerning my signature on the notice of intent to recall.

    My life has always been an open book. I don’t ask anyone to worship me, nor have I ever claimed to be a saint. I paid my dues to society, and I am not ashamed of my conviction. I was a political prisoner of war.

  • Postpone recall effort

    I read the story concerning the effort to recall Mayor Ortiz and wish to express my concern.

    While I am no great fan of the mayor, the recall process is a very serious step which should be reserved for removing a person guilty of illegal acts. It is very expensive when the city cannot afford the cost. It is disruptive to the city administration and the city as a whole taking time away from other important matters.

  • City dangerous for pedestrians

    I would like to bring attention to the extraordinarily dangerous situation concerning pedestrians and bicyclists in our town. As a pedestrian who walks nearly every day, and a bicyclist who is frankly too afraid to ride anymore, I can honestly say we take our lives in our own hands.

    That the city has so negligently let the crosswalk markings become so faded is inexcusable. If funding is available for large raises for administrators, it seems the city should easily afford a little white wash for the streets.

  • Obama should curtail expenses

    In the Thumbs section of the 29 March edition of the Optic comment was made about the possible loss of funding for the Mora-Colfax Head Start program. Rather than demonizing “our elected officials,” I suggest each voter attempt to write and contact President Obama and Vice President Biden to curtail just a portion of their vacation and travel expenses.

  • Family thankful for support

    Aleandra Sanchez’s family from Villanueva would like to thank family, friends and community for the tremendous support during this devastating death. We will never be the same and will live with an empty heart, but we are not alone.

    Elaina Sanchez
    Las Vegas
     

  • Now’s the time to service vehicles

    If you own a vehicle, chances are it needs some work. National Car Care Month in April is the ideal time to spring into action and give your car some extra attention.

    Results of vehicle inspections held at community car care events across the country reveal that 77 percent of vehicles need service or parts. Neglected vehicle care almost always means much higher costs down the line in the form of more extensive repairs or lost resale value.

  • Presidential Priorities

    The First Family has vacationed every month this year, and the president announced (recently) a new $100 million expenditure to study brains. But where we live, three employees at the West Las Vegas Head Start will lose their jobs because of a 2 percent reduction in federal spending, i.e. one of the manipulated consequences of that terrible “sequester.”

    It’s too bad the president refused the legislative flexibility Congress offered to him to avoid this very kind of thing. Any guesses why he did that? Mr. president, your priorities please!

  • Dodge doesn’t deserve raise

    Why should Mr. [Tim] Dodge receive a raise?

    Two men died on his watch.

    Soon after Dodge said safety classes were ongoing, violations of basic safety practices were cited.

    Mr. Dodge also erected security doors at City Hall. These doors and security system cost us taxpayers, on top of the loss of two employees, the installation of said doors and the further removal of our duly elected city officials and managers from ready contact with their constituents.

  • School principal not being fair

    I am Connor Mamaux-Partridge, a 12-year-old boy who goes to Memorial Middle School. I am very frustrated at my school.

    My father was recently diagnosed with leukemia, and when I asked my principal if I could collect cans and make two trash cans around campus — aluminum cans only, she was fine with it. However, I completed a donation box and showed it to my principal, and she told me she hoped I wasn’t accepting donations because it “wasn’t part of our deal.”