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Letters

  • Mil Gracias - March 8, 2013

    The board of the Friends of the City of Las Vegas Museum and Rough Rider Memorial Collection is very grateful for the community support for our 5th raffle fundraiser. Special thanks to the wonderful donors of prizes valued at over $4,000 again this year.

  • Turn off the bus, you’re polluting

    I was horrified on Feb. 21 at about 8:45 to see a West Las Vegas Dons school bus parked at the end of Old Santa Fe Trail next to La Fonda, with its engine running for at least 30 minutes.

    It stank up the entire neighborhood with that sickening smell of diesel exhaust, and at first I  thought it was some industrial chemical smell, the kind you might get in Detroit or Chicago.

    No wonder we have such a high dropout rate for high school students in New Mexico, if they have to even occasionally breathe such toxic  exhaust.

  • Speaking of natural resources

    In reference to the Optic article on Feb. 15, “Drilling advocates take aim,” Rep. Donald Bratton, R-Hobbs, stated that revenues are available to communities across the state because not all of them were blessed with natural resources. He added that it’s troubling when there’s movement in some areas to stop drilling.

  • In support of Montoya

    (An open letter to Abelino Montoya): It is with great pleasure that I write this letter in full support of your re-election to the Luna Community College Board of Trustees. I know that you have a deep passion for education because of your involvement in the community and service on the LCC Board of Trustees for the past 12 years.

  • Mil Gracias - March 1, 2013

    Thank you to Linda Leyba, Deb Green, CNO, both of Alta Vista Regional Hospital, Highlands University and the Las Vegas Community for making me feel welcome at the Healthy Woman Anniversary Celebration on Feb. 21. As a traveling speaker across the U.S., I have the privilege of visiting many cities, and the friendliness of Las Vegas was very much appreciated!
    Your resources in Alta Vista Regional Hospital and Highlands are impressive, as is your historical setting.   

  • Students valuable to our community

    Speaking of “tenants,” (a misspelling of “tenets” in Tom McDonald’s Editor’s Note, Feb. 18), I want to give a big and personal shout-out to my tenants: the students of Highlands University and Luna Community College, who bring all sorts of resources to our community, from gracing us with their personal intelligence and energy, to paying the high city utility deposits, and bringing additional revenues to our humble little town.

  • ‘Ran the Optic as it should be run’

    I want to thank Mr. Tom McDonald for all he has done to make sure the local news that is published in the Optic was there to benefit the community and local area. It is important to make sure the local media is truthful in its reporting, no matter who is affected. Mr. McDonald ran the Optic as it should be run. No bias and only positive criticism when needed.

    I thank you for your honesty and not backing down to the local political power brokers. I wish you the best in your next endeavor.

  • Don’t compromise with the unethical

    Mr. President, much of your State of the Union speech was wonderful and I compliment you on it.

    I am proud of you for being outspoken about the reality of climate change and your commitment to actually act to mitigate its disastrous impacts.

    You mentioned that climate change is an ethical issue. As a Rabbinic Pastor, I agree with you and thank you for saying this publicly.

  • What about 20 years from now?

    I am from Hong Kong, a country already decaying from the effects of global warming. Pollution is something that I have had to live with my entire life, and needless to say, I do not want the same to happen to my new home, New Mexico.

  • Revenue through sustainability

    I am the owner/operator of Infinity Farm in Ribera, a small local farm that has brought thousands of pounds of food to our county over the past six years. We choose to grow natural food using no chemical pesticides, fertilizers, or artificial growth stimulation, to deliver the highest possible quality of local food.  

    We hold our farm, the Pecos River, and all that is natural, to be sacred. Anything that puts these elements in jeopardy is dangerous, undesirable and not sustainable.