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Letters

  • Tim Dodge needs to go

    I am aghast that Mayor Alfonso Ortiz is determined to continue the travesty entrenched at the city manager’s office. Apparently, the mayor will not nor cannot function without Tim Dodge.

    Nowhere since consolidation has a mayor succumbed to ineffectiveness. Although Dodge is not an elected official, he controls the council majority. ... Our community has no voice in any decision-making. Que lastima!

  • Mil Gracias - Feb. 22, 2012

    The Literacy Council of Northeastern New Mexico, a division of the Las Vegas Arts Council, recently hosted the fifth annual Literacy Fair at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center.  

    The theme was “Let Your Imagination Soar — Read, Read, Read.” Contributing to the success of the event were the following participants: Las Vegas City Schools, West Las Vegas Schools, Luna Community College, New Mexico Highlands University, Carnegie Library and NEREC.

  • U.S. must respond to climate change

    Climate change is real. The longer we wait, the stronger and more frequently extreme weather disasters such as Hurricane Sandy,  the fires in Colorado, droughts, glacier melting, habitat shifts and flooding will occur.

    Now is the  time to save homes and lives of future generations. If the current trend of warming continues, we will see an increase of temperature of 6 degrees Celsius, which would have fatal consequences .We have to face the issue and act today before the damage becomes irreparable.

  • Anti-tethering law now in effect

    (Today it has been) a year since the “Anti-Tethering of Canines Ordinance” was adopted and passed unanimously by the Las Vegas City Council and so shall become effective. From this date on, it will be unlawful to tie a dog outside unless a number of conditions are met.

    The first and most easily observed such condition being that a responsible party (person) be also outside and within sight of the dog. Other conditions include types and weight of tethers, weather conditions, and the age and health of the dog.  

  • Minerals rights were stolen

    There are a very small handful of individuals who own the mineral rights on their land. These are the people who stand to make millions of dollars from the oil and gas industry. My question is: How did they get the rights to these minerals in the first place?

  • Intensifying the water crisis
  • Amend cartoon, call out the liars

    (Regarding the Feb. 4 editorial cartoon:) Man oh man. Nothing like a balanced presentation. How can we have a balanced and calm discussion of gun control when both sides scream and rant at each other?

    From reading various articles and hearing several newscasts it does not appear that crime or mayhem was any less when we did have a ban on assault weapons and enlarged magazines.

    Perhaps we should indict (Attorney General Eric) Holder for the stupid plot to place assault weapons in the hands of known narcotic dealers in Mexico.

  • A ‘Culture of Death’

    “Cognitive dissonance” is a psychological expression that describes the stress we feel when we hold conflicting beliefs or values. The current consternation about gun deaths is an example of societal dissonance. On one hand, many are justifiably outraged about gun deaths, but on the other, the leading cause of death is ignored.

    In 2011, 828,000 lives were terminated at Planned Parenthood and like “clinics.” The next leading cause of death was heart disease, at 596,000. And, gun deaths numbered 32,000.  

  • Faulty reasoning to sell beer at games

    I am writing in reference to the Feb. 13 article about selling beer at professional baseball games. Actually, I am writing to express my astonishment at the attempted justification of said beer sales by our local governmental officials.

  • ‘Las Vegas takes care of its own’

    As you well know by now, the Litherland house was burned severely a few weeks ago. I believe that the best quote came from my son, John: When he called, he was frustrated to be so far away at such a time, however, he said that he was not worried because Las Vegas takes care of its own. And that is certainly true.

    I will try to express our gratitude to all who aided and lent support to us for the last several days in this letter to the editor at the Optic.