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Letters

  • Ron Paul a viable third choice

    The Optic suggests a centrist presidential candidate (editorial, Oct. 19). Mainstream news media portray Mitt Romney as the only candidate to defeat Obama.

    Obama leads in donations from banks, and his campaign fund is expected to reach $1 billion. Large banks are Romney’s highest donors, Goldman Sachs giving him $354,000.

    Both are bought by powerful lobbies demanding favorable legislation allowing them to steal from the 99 percent. Voters have no choice from an establishment controlled by money junkies.

  • Thomas Garcia snubs Mora band

    The Mora High School Band attended the Mora School Board meeting last Tuesday and announced their triumph in winning the State Fair marching band competition for the fourth consecutive year. They formally presented the first-place ribbon to Superintendent Thomas Garcia, who did not accept it. They received a standing ovation from everyone present except Mr. Garcia, who remained seated and did not clap.

  • Riverwalk makes Las Vegas better

    The extension of the riverwalk and bicycle path is now complete. It looks and feels great! To commute or exercise without the deadly hazard of inattentive motorists is a dream come true.

    On behalf of the folks who use this new path, I would like to say “thank you” to those who made is a reality. Thanks, road machinery operators, thanks to you guys with shovels in your hands, and thanks county leaders who, years ago, said, “We can do this.”

  • More money being misspent

    If you go and look at the work at the (West Las Vegas football) field, it does not follow the design the school paid for from the previous architect. Why? Here is another waste of taxpayers’ money, because the employee in charge of construction inspecting/oversight is nowhere to be found. Only the employees of the contractor are seen on site.

    My understanding of this project is that the school recently got the specifications for the work being performed for the board meeting. Now add $20,000 for not preparing the Request For Proposals correctly. ...

  • An analysis of recent letters

    I want to thank Kim Reed-Deemer (letters published Sept. 26 and Oct. 14) and Bob Pearson (Oct. 14 letter) for their well-informed responses to letters by Annette Franklin and Janet Schwandt. I also appreciate Ms. Franklin (letters Sept. 19 and Oct. 10) and Ms. Schwandt (Oct. 3 letter) for expressing their views and encouraging a broader discussion of important issues.

  • Fly on, Air Force, for safety, freedom

    According to Tom McDonald’s (Oct. 14 column), local “lefties” are too busy protesting low-flying aircraft to organize an Occupy Las Vegas event.

    I think the present economic and political climate is much more dangerous than the few military jets that might grace our skies.

    Yes, I said “grace.” I am about as much a screaming liberal as can be found, but I have a different way of looking at Air Force planes.

  • Antiquities Act under attack

    For more than 100 years, the Antiquities Act has proven to be a uniquely important tool for U.S. presidents to protect and conserve vital natural, archaeological and cultural treasures in America and New Mexico. Signed into law by Republican President Theodore Roosevelt in 1906, the Antiquities Act has been used wisely by both political parties to proclaim National Monuments that define and inspire the people of America.

  • ‘Special session’ a waste of money

    Gov. Martinez learned how to govern at our expense. The “special session” cost us taxpayers tax revenues we could have better used for schooling, teacher pay, etc. Why we get saddled with “special sessions” every legislative period is beyond me- — just how many laws and restrictions do we need anyway? Yet, we keep allowing our fearless “leaders” to convince us we “need special sessions” only to pay the attorneys to do our elected officials’ jobs.

  • Mil Gracias

    A group of visitors from Colorado Springs attended the third annual Ain’t Got No Frijoles Blues Festival and gave Casa de Cultura a mil gracias of their own, reiterating what we citizens already know “This is quite a historic town and a super event.”

    Casa wants to thank them as well as visitors from Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Springer, Raton, Mora and other communities of El Norte.

  • Mil Gracias

    On behalf of the Las Vegas FFA Chapter, we would like to greatly thank the Bank of Las Vegas for their help in reimbursing the $500 that was stolen from the chapter a few weeks ago.  

    The Bank of Las Vegas has always been one of our biggest supporters, whether they are buying animals at the fair or just donating us some extra funds for us to go on our competition trips. They always support us in whatever we do. We are lucky to have a bank in our community that cares so much about our FFA program at Robertson High School.