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Letters

  • Abuse of dogs takes many forms

    Ask an Alaskan if tethering one’s husky is cruel? They will laugh, but of course they know how to tether a dog properly. But see, here is a breed-appropriate situation; huskies do well in winter, but will need shade in summer. A doberman will do fine outdoors in summer but will also need shade and accommodations for warmth in the extreme cold of winter.

  • Governor serving large corporations

    Gov. Martinez’ unfortunate veto of Senate Bill 9, leaving open New Mexico’s corporate tax loophole, is just the latest indication of our governor’s true constituency—the large multi-state corporations who compete unfairly against local businesses.

    An unprecedented outpouring of public support for Sen. Wirth’s bill was ignored, and tens of millions of dollars of annual revenue will remain absent from our state’s coffers.

  • Dodge’s power grabs should be stopped

    If City Manager Timothy Dodge and company swore in Mr. Vince Howell, does that mean we now have to pay an extra councilperson? Are we now to pay for five people on our City Council? How much rein are we to give Dodge before someone tells him his place and job description?

  • Thanks for a good experience

    I would like to begin by thanking you, your staff and the Las Vegas Optic for the endorsement for my candidacy for City Council Ward 3. It was a humbling experience to have received the Las Vegas Optic’s endorsement.

    Thanks to the citizens of Ward 3 who supported me and valued what it I had to say throughout the forums, radio interviews, and the door-to-door campaigning. For those who invited me into their homes it brought real meaning to the welcome mats and signs placed at their door steps and a heartfelt “Mi Casa es su Casa” hung on their walls.

  • 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.