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Letters

  • 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.

  • Let’s not take a step backward

    After listening to and reading about those folks who are running for election for mayor and council positions, I see a very broad spectrum of experience, knowledge, intelligence, personal integrity and spoken intentions. What I also see is the chance that Las Vegas stands to take a big step backward if the wrong (my opinion) people are voted into office.

  • 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.