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Letters

  • Possessing good mayoral qualities

    Successful democratic governments need people of good character, intelligence and positive energy.

    Alfonso E. Ortiz Jr. possesses these qualities and more.

    The city of Las Vegas has benefited from his no-nonsense approach to city issues on numerous occasions. His recent executive order regarding the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce was the correct response to touchy issue that needed action.

    The extremely important water issue has been at the forefront during his tenure. I believe it will continue to be high on his to-do list if re-elected.

  • Extreme tethering cases justify action

    When Neo was a puppy, his owner placed a collar on his neck, fastened it to a chain and ignored him. When rescuers brought Neo to the veterinarian several months later, the outlook did not look good. Neo was starving. The owner who kept Neo as a “guard dog” never bothered to adjust his collar, which became deeply embedded in his neck and started to crush his trachea. Neo was dying.

    If Neo’s story were unique, it would be a shocking example of cruelty.

  • The tragedy could have been prevented

    The tragedy of the young man and his mother hit on Williams Drive was not so much “avoidable” as it was inevitable. My husband and I saw them all the time, never using the sidewalks that millions have been spent on in Las Vegas, and once even going down the center of the left-turn lane on Seventh, after dark and in dark clothing.

  • Thoughts on Mora’s courthouses

    I read the last plans on the Mora County Complex building, and I was wondering exactly how the $2.6 million had been spent.

    I recall that while I was in office several of us went to Santa Fe to ask for money for a new courthouse, and we were given $1 million.

    There was also supposed to be a percentage of the $2.6 million to go to the arts. It was my dream that with that percentage a memorial dome would be erected to honor all those who served in the Armed Forces and went missing in action or were killed in the different wars.

  • Taking issue with forum comments

    The Optic’s Feb. 14 article, “Six candidates favor Dodge,” quotes Ward 3 Council candidate and Highlands Foundation board member Joe McCaffrey as saying that “... the Highlands Foundation is investing $200,000 to start a brewery here, something that will create jobs.” All well and good, but considering the area’s dire water situation, I found McCaffrey’s suggestion to be really out of touch with the realities of Las Vegas.

  • New law regarding dogs shortsighted

    As far as I understand, now they want to pass a law, where one cannot have a tied dog without being physically present with him, or close to him! They apparently do not know that the dog guards the home, when one is working or wherever.

    Perhaps those who pass such laws have never had their homes robbed?

    They must be like those on TV who push buttons for their home security systems. For those who are poor, and work, this law will be very difficult.

  • Mil Gracias

    My family and I want to acknowledge the emergency room staff at our local hospital that were on duty Friday, Jan. 6, at about 10:30 p.m. when my husband (Kim Kirkpatrick) arrived with shortness of breath.

  • Ortiz dedicated to city, state issues

    I would like to express my support for Mayor Alfonso E. Ortiz Jr. in his bid to be re-elected mayor of Las Vegas.

    It has been my extreme honor to have worked with Mayor Ortiz on many boards and committees for the New Mexico Municipal League.

    The League is an organization that represents all 104 municipalities in New Mexico and Mayor Ortiz has been an integral part of its outstanding service to our communities. Mayor Ortiz serves on the League’s Board of Directors and has championed several issues throughout his tenure.

  • Gurulé-Giron very qualified

    We the women of Las Vegas need to work for and elect one of our gender for mayor of this city. We have a golden opportunity by all of us getting together and electing Tonita Gurulé-Giron as mayor.

    Tonita is very qualified and well versed, probably better than anyone around. Definitely we need a change if we want to better this city.

    We have seen the good work she has done as councilor, despite the fact that she gets no help from the other councilors, except for one. I don’t think there is a better qualified person than Tonita.

  • Retirees deserve their pension plan

    I am writing this on behalf of the Retired Public Employees of New Mexico, a nonprofit organization in existence since 1962. Our mission is to give a voice to retired public employees about the retirement benefits they were promised and worked so hard for, including the cost-of-living adjustment.