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Letters

  • Ten suggestions for Highlands

    1. Improve our academic reputation and intellectual culture. Transform New Mexico Highlands University into a highly respected liberal arts alternative to New Mexico Tech. This is a niche for NMHU, with its beautiful campus and low student-to-faculty ratio. Unique NMHU has much to offer. There are capable and committed faculty with meaningful programs of study. President James Fries has stabilized NMHU to allow this renewal.

  • Focus on issues of real concern

    I was sharing with a friend how I felt about politics and how out of control it is poor examples for our communities, their bickering, mudslinging and belittling each other and posted in the Optic. If there are disagreements, issues like this should be discussed and settled behind closed doors and not to the public.

  • After-hours pet care needed

    This letter is in reference to the concern Mr. Tim Nixon expressed over the lack of veterinary service after-hours during an emergency. Just recently, I too experienced the same dilemma when I needed attention for my beloved dog.

    Mr. Nixon suggested some kind of joint cooperation between the few vets we have to offer this service and he is absolutely right. Santa Fe is too far to travel in the middle of the night with a sick animal and I am sure those who seek emergency service for their pet are more then willing to pay. So it shouldn’t be a money-losing investment.

  • Negative campaigning used by losing sides

    It has been proven numerous times that negative campaigning works to influence elections. If applied correctly, it either drives voters away from a candidate or disgusts them to the point they no longer take part in the election process. Historically, negative campaigning has been with us since George Washington. However, these two facts do not make the practice right or fair.

  • Doing away with cruelty to dogs

    Dogs are not lawn ornaments. Thank you for realizing that, Las Vegas! I was so proud of this city and its people when Mayor Alfonso Ortiz, Andy Feldman and City Council members, Martina Holguin, Angela Stell, and the concerned citizens of Las Vegas came together in support of an anti-tethering ordinance, thereby banning dogs being chained 24 hours, seven days a week.

  • ‘Rights’ ordinance full of problems

    As the Las Vegas City Council is proposing the adoption of a “community rights” ordinance (Ordinance No. 12-06), some questions are in order.

    All elected officials in New Mexico take an oath to support the United States Constitution and the Constitution and laws of the state of New Mexico.

    Sections 5.5 and 5.6 of the proposed ordinance specifically annul the federal and state constitutional rights of certain entities and individuals.  

  • Birth control the moral choice

    Rush Limbaugh thinks women who use birth control are sluts.

    Americans think that women and their families who use birth control are moral. In today’s world, families must plan for the number of children they can love and care for emotionally and financially. American families now have between two and three children on the average. These women and their families are the moral ones.

  • Parks’ trees unsafe, unsightly

    I was very disheartened to read about the efforts of well-meaning people and our mayor to clean up the terrible looking and dangerous trees in our parks.

    Worse yet, threatening to be sued. I’d advise that person now that that will gain nothing. The town is doing its rightful duty to eliminate a public nuisance.  

    I have been in two of the parks on various outings and have noticed what bad shape some of the trees are in. It is scary to stand beneath ones that have broken limbs, bark peeling and limbs with no leaves in growth season. 

  • Mil Gracias - March 5, 2012

    Thanks to the dedicated readers of Las Vegas and surrounding communities, the AAUW Annual Used Book Sale was another success.  

  • Lacking emergency animal services

    There are three veterinarians that are listed in the phone book for the Las Vegas area, yet none of them offer any type of after hour emergency service for sick or wounded pets. During a recent pet emergency, in my efforts to find emergency care, one vet’s office phone just rang, one had an answering service but they tell you to go to Santa Fe for services, and the other had a voice mail that indicated that he had a family issue, and was closed the weekend.

    The citizens of Las Vegas deserve much better for their loved pets.