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Letters

  • 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.

  • GOP will regret class war

    Now that the Republicans have alerted the populace that there is a class war in the USA, protests are springing up all over the country. Twenty percent of all American children lives in poverty. This is not fair. Americans are protesting against greed. Republicans will regret this class war.

    The military-industrial complex is outnumbered by the rest of us. The Republican leadership continues to defend the rich.

    The protesters want to clean the environment, help small business owners, the working class, the old, the sick and the poor.

  • Fracking column highlighted greed

    Thank you for the poignant and very pertinent article (Oct. 3) regarding the effects of fracking. This is just one more example of corporate greed and disregard for the environment and health.

    Until we hold corporations accountable and prevent them from doing anything they want to do for profit, we are doomed. Until we all are more self-governing in doing what is right in a seventh-generation model, we need government regulation to protect us and the planet. I applaud any government official who is willing to stand strong against corporate greed.

  • Asked the right questions

    The questions that Tom McDonald asked at the end of his piece “A Look At Fracking” (Oct. 3) are the pertinent questions on this issue.  Thanks for asking them.

    Leslie Hammel-Turk
    Las Vegas

  • War came home with Lemos’ death

    I am still reeling from Richard Baca’s acquittal. The prosecution asked the jury if three bullets for three punches was fair, and the jury said “yes.”

    Perhaps it was justifiable self-defense; but as Mr. Baca himself testified, as a soldier he is trained to use non-lethal methods before lethal force.

    His training seems to have failed. It makes one wonder about the training methods of our military services, and if this war has not turned our sons into indiscriminate killing machines.

  • ‘Janice Nightengale’

    Everyone has a story about a nurse who is extra special — the one who went the extra mile for you or a family member. I have such a story. This nurse had worked at our community hospital for 40 years.

    She started at St. Anthony’s, Las Vegas then Northeastern Regional, and finally Alta Vista Regional Hospital. She’s the one who all the other nurses would call to start an IV on an infant, child, IV drug abuser, or emaciated adult because no one else had the expertise.