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Letters

  • Politics and the charter issue

    The challenge to the charter is still top news and one has to wonder why Mr. Timothy Dodge, the city manager, feels compelled to offer opinion. He states “This is one of the issues where I’m going to have to make a decision and it may not be the politically popular decision to make.”

  • Candidate now supports Dodge

    I talked to Tim Dodge (Wednesday) and the answer I gave at the Optic’s candidates forum was based on misinterpretation of a remark by Tim Dodge.  

    Now that I correctly understand his remark, I fully support his retention as city manager. I would enjoy working with Tim.

    Joe McCaffrey
    Las Vegas
    Council candidate, Ward 3

  • Honoring an unnoticed hero

    I would like to take time out of my day to thank and recognize a Las Vegas good samaritan. I prefer to call him a hero.

    On the night of Oct. 26, 2011, there was an apartment fire at the Kristen Park Apartments on Moreland Drive. This hero, while throwing out garbage, noticed smoke and jumped into action. He jumped the fences from the neighboring apartments and began knocking on the door, with an assistive neighbor. To no avail or response, this hero ran to the side and knocked on the windows.

  • The DREAM Act and higher ed

    “Higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.” — Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 26(1), signed by the United States in 1948

  • Mil Gracias - Feb. 10, 2012

    The Literacy Council of Northeastern New Mexico, a division of the Las Vegas Arts Council, recently hosted the fourth annual Literacy Fair at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. The theme was “Reach for the Stars — 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, Highlands University, United World College, Carnegie Library and Tome on the Range.

  • Agritourism needs to be promoted

    Alas for Las Vegas, its Chamber of Commerce seems either ineffective or neglectful of promoting agricultural commerce.  Only two obviously agricultural members appear on the chamber website; small growers lack a robust voice. The search engine is unhelpful — one must dig into the membership roster for these two names. One is the Tri-County Farmer’s Market.  

  • Buck stops with the mayor

    It looks like the city of Las Vegas is in deep trouble. Two failed audits and lord knows what else. The buck stops with Mr. Mayor. It is much out of line, unprofessional, rude and other descriptive adjectives when you castigate your counselors.

  • Won’t be fooled again by consolidation talk

    We ain’t got no semáforos (traffic lights) in old town. Have you noticed? Certain taxpayers in certain areas of our town don’t get services. Like Rodney Dangerfield, our representatives do not get listened to — even when they provide sound advice and judgement to the rest of our city fathers.

  • Challenge charter on your own dime

    OK. I was expecting a challenge to the new city charter but not now and not by a member of the city council and not on my dime.

  • Why was King murdered?

    Who murdered Martin Luther King Jr.? (re: Tom McDonald’s column, “Conspiracy theories,” Jan. 9) That’s a no-brainer, isn’t it? James Earl Ray confessed to the crime and received a life sentence. Case closed.

    Three days after his conviction, Ray tried to rescind his confession and he spent the rest of his life trying to get a new trial, without success.