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Letters

  • Keep schedules the way they are

    We are writing this letter to state some concerns with the four-day change that Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez has proposed.

    First off, we would like to say it is an exciting idea to cut back days for more instruction time, but at the same time, it has a major effect and impact on students and parents who can’t cope with this schedule change.

  • What about kids with Fridays off?

    Regarding the four-day school week: I agree that a free Friday is unnecessary for practicing teachers to complete professional development.

    They can do that during the summer months. However, I strongly support the four-day week if Fridays are used to their best advantage.

  • Using acequia water responsibly

    This letter will hopefully explain my actions over the past two years or so.  

    On May 1, a Las Vegas police officer approached me while I was watering my garden and a fruit tree on my property.  The officer wanted to know if I was using filtered city water. He looked into my buckets of water to verify, since one of my fellow citizens had reported me as violating city ordinance.

  • ‘Groupthink’ and fracking

    Webster defines “groupthink” as “conformity to group values and ethics.” In my book, that is exactly what is going on in Mora and San Miguel counties relative to hydraulic fracking, a technology that allows natural gas to be collected from deep rock formations.

    Everyone is and has been told that it is the latest corporate plot to destroy the environment, by contaminating groundwater supplies with toxic, cancer-causing chemicals. But only one side of the story is being presented, and that’s where the groupthink comes in.

  • Glad to take ‘blame’ for law

    Regarding the anti-tethering law, I am a resident of Las Vegas for eight years and so very pleased that this law has been passed and I will no longer have to see all those poor dogs who have never known the joy of being free.

    I don’t care if some people think it’s the fault of “outsiders” that this law has been passed. I’ll gladly take the blame. It’s about time!

    Barbara Nash
    Las Vegas

  • Support for Tomás Salazar

    It is an honor to express my support of Tomás Salazar, candidate for state representative District 70. I have known Tomás all my life. He is from my birthplace, Chapelle, about three miles from Bernal. His parents, Dolores and the late Eufracio Salazar, instilled the value of education. He began his first grade in Ojo de Chapelle in a one-room school with students from first to eighth grade. He is a graduate of Robertson High School and New Mexico Highlands University. As you may be aware, he continued to earn a Ph.D. at the University of New Mexico in mathematics.

  • Can’t change cemetery’s name

    egarding the article that was published on May 7 regarding the Los Vigiles Cemetery and Church: Juan Antonio Fresques says that the Fresques Family built the church in Los Vigiles. That is a false comment.  There were other families in Los Vigiles in 1915, besides the Fresques. I was born in 1939, and raised in the village of Los Vigiles and the only Fresques living Los Vigiles was the Modesto Fresques Family.  

  • Mil Gracias - May 18, 2012

    If you haven’t noticed, there are seven new trees on Douglas Avenue between Seventh and Eighth streets. A very successful partnership between private parties and the City of Las Vegas has resulted in a successfully completed landscaping project.  

  • ‘Divisive’ is needed

    I beg to differ with Tom McDonald’s post-election column portraying Tonita Gurule-Giron as divisive. I would like to ask Mr. McDonald, according to who’s criteria?

    If Tonita was so divisive, how could she have managed to convince over 1,000 voters to unite in support of her? Does this mean that those who voted for her are divisive also? If anything, Tonita has divided us from those who think less of their fellow Las Vegans and from those who want to make Las Vegas another Aspen, Taos, Santa Fe, etc.

  • Filing a protest on valuations

    For the last four years or so, the people of Las Vegas have not been able to water their property because of water restrictions imposed by the local governing council. As a result, those of us who do not have wells on our property have lost our trees, shrubs, lawns and other plants.  I have lost several trees, the properties adjacent to and across the street from our home have also lost several pine trees.