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Letters

  • 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.”

  • Tribute to a soldier

    One by one the old soldiers of the Mora VFW are being called home to receive their much awaited reward. Mr. Levi Alcon Sr. was the latest.

    Albert Einstein reflected on the purpose of man’s existence when he said, “Strange is our situation here on earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet seeming to have a divine purpose.”

  • LPN recognized by association

    It is with great respect and admiration that I submit this to the Optic.

    My friend and colleague Janice Kavanaugh, LPN, has been recognized by the International Association of Nurses, New York, as a Worldwide Leader in Healthcare and Top Nurse in Las Vegas, N.M.

  • Letters to the editor

    City union supports Dodge
     As president of AFSCME Local 2851 for the city of Las Vegas employees, I, as well as our members, city employees and constituents would like to express our gratitude and support to our city councilors for retaining Mr. Timothy Dodge as city manager.