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Letters

  • An apology to Thomas Garcia

    I wish to retract a part of the letter I submitted entitled “Garcia snubs Mora band.” While Mr. Garcia did not rise with everyone else, he did quietly ask the young man where the ribbon should be displayed, and the young man informed him that it went in a certain display case, and that he would put it there, whereupon Mr. Garcia handed it back. This exchange was very quiet, and so not heard by most in the room.

  • CASA needs, deserves support

    First I would like to express my gratitude for the continued and unwavering support of the CASA program by the Optic. At its very inception, the Optic printed a front page article resulting from an interview of the executive director of the program. Secondly I would like to encourage anyone who have an interest in helping children, to consider the CASA program as a way to contribute to the wellbeing of abused and neglected children.

  • Support school music programs

    I was surprised to see the letter to the Optic by Shelly Reins, where she says that Thomas Garcia, the Mora superintendent of schools, snubbed the music students at a recent meeting.

    The Thomas Garcia she is talking about cannot be the same person I have known for years and years. He would never snub a student. I’m sure the whole incident was misinterpreted somewhere along the way.

  • ‘Wind gas’ a viable solution

    It takes millions of years to create what the oil and gas industry calls natural gas, thousands of feet deep down in the earth — or just a few seconds, next to a wind turbine.

    Based on the plans of an Austrian-German team of scientists, renewable energy producers should soon be able to generate synthetic “natural gas” from their wind and solar parks.

  • Fight under way against flights plan

    Fight under way against flights plan

    Thanks to the Optic for the excellent reporting and fine editorial on the Cannon Air Force Base public forum held on Oct. 18. It was gratifying to see NMHU’s Kennedy Lounge overflowing with concerned citizens.

    Beside the community members, there were about a dozen Air Force military people, civilians working for the military and undercover agents.

  • Mourning the loss of Benito Lemos

    I am the mother of Benito Ramon Lemos. My son’s life was taken two years ago by a man who came home from Iraq, Richard Baca. ... He decided to drive around Las Vegas with a loaded gun strapped on his waist. My son was the unlucky one who ran in to Baca.

    Despite what happened, he took my son’s life. He didn’t have a chance, he was dead on arrival at Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

  • Smokin’ Joe Frazier and a great rivalry

    The world lost one of the greatest and most courageous boxers with the passing of Smokin’ Joe Frazier. Muhammad Ali may have been the “Greatest Boxer” but Joe Frazier had the “Greatest Heart” in the ring.

  • Mil Gracias

    The Las Vegas Branch of AAUW thanks the community for its support of the most recent used-book sale, on a sunshiny Saturday outside U-7, the former Baptist Church at University and Seventh. More than $550 was raised toward scholarships for women who are nontraditional students attending Highlands University.

  • Support strong for local theatres

    We the board members of the Nat Gold Players would like to publicly thank the Plaza Hotel.  The Nat Gold Players were in the middle of rehearsal for “Agnes of God” to be produced in mid-November, and our new youth group, Clearly Confused Productions, was in rehearsal for its first play to be produced in December when we lost access to our regular rehearsal space. The owners and managers of the Plaza Hotel stepped up and offered rehearsal space for both of the productions at no cost to our groups, and they have also offered space for the production of Agnes of God.

  • Some protesters just hate America

    I was amused by the list of all of the consequences that will, or might occur, as a result of the proposed low-flight training by the Air Force in the area.

    Local activists were able to hustle 150 people to protest the Air Force plans for said training with such excuses that it will hurt our water supply, contaminate our land with spilled fuel and scare animals. Being stationed at a fighter base in a war zone during the Korean War, I’d rather have friendly low-flying aircraft over my head than enemy aircraft.