• The comforts of solitary confinement

    Last week Carole Pearson wrote about Amnesty International’s concern regarding the size and thus comfort level of solitary confinement cells in prisons.

    Also last week a man walked into an Aurora, Colo. theater, murdered a dozen, and injured scores more.

    If one applies AI’s concern to James Holmes, our most recent mass murderer, I wonder if they’ll be requesting a larger cell for Mr. Holmes to ensure he is justifiably comfortable? I suspect they’ll wait awhile until other news overrides his murder spree and then ask for some compassion for Mr. Holmes.

  • Smoke may be cause of health problems

    I read the letter by Lorenzo Flores (“‘Disindependence’ for Las Vegas,” published July 20) and found myself agreeing with most of his points, although not about the Fiesta Queen. However, one sentence caught my attention.

  • Mil Gracias - July 27, 2012

    On behalf of The La Plaza Little League Girls 10 and 11 year-old Softball Team, I would like to recognize local businesses and individuals that helped us on our trek to the district and state tournament.

    As many of you may already know, our team made the state championship game.

  • Mil Gracias - July 25, 2012

    Members of the Gallegos family celebrated the 105th birthday of their matriarch, Rosita M. Gallegos, in June. Her favorite Mexican foods were served. Pereece Gallegos baked two beautiful cakes for her grandmother. Thank you, Pereece.

    Vida Encantada Nursing Home also provided a large birthday cake for the occasion. The family would like to thank them also. Vida Encantada provided their dining room for the family to meet. It was appreciated by everyone as Rose has a large family.

  • Must get to causes of multiple DUIs

    “Baby dies after DUI crash” (June 18); “Local man facing 7th DUI charge” (June 11).  Front page news in the Optic last month, but what comes next?  Will we be seeing Mr. Sena  and Mr. Hernandez in the headlines next month? After a seventh DUI charge, it seems the eighth and ninth are soon to be made.

  • Mil Gracias - July 20, 2012

  • ‘Disindependence’ for Las Vegas

    What a sad day for the descendants of the Spanish/Mexican-speaking settlers of our region. Our Fiesta Queen was hijacked from her home at Our Lady of Sorrows. The Fiesta Queen es La Reina de Las Fiestas de Nuestra Señora de Dolores de Las Vegas Grandes. She didn’t pull the train into Las Vegas in the late 1870s, nor is she a firecracker. She represents the settlement of the Las Vegas Land Grant way before the Easterners brought their celebration to our community.

  • ‘Outside’ water rates not fair

    We live on NM 65, the road to Montezuma, right beneath Bradner and Peterson Dams. One of the main water lines that the city gets its water from runs right along NM 65, next to my front yard. Yes, the city of Las Vegas gets its water from outside city limits.

  • Prolonged solitary confinement

    On Bridge Street, Amnesty International Group 463 recently joined supporters of the National Religious Campaign against Torture to engage passers-by in conversations about the use of prolonged solitary confinement.  Thus far, they have collected nearly 150 signatures on the Coalition’s nationwide petition to end its widespread use.

  • Reasons for timing of Mora fiestas

    I’m surprised that the new county government moved the Mora Fiestas to July 20-22 this year.

    Ever since I can remember the people in the Mora Valley have celebrated the feast days of St. James on July 25 and St. Ann on July 26.

    It has been the tradition throughout the years to ride on horseback on St. James Day for the men, and horseback for the women on July 26, St. Ann’s day. I was always told since childhood that the reason for this was that St. James in his epistle talks about what Christianity is all about.