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Letters

  • Signalization not the way to go

    Traffic lights are not only expensive to install, they are a significant source of accidents to motorists and pedestrians. A modern signal can cost taxpayers between $80,000 and $100,000 to install. Plus the cost of the electrical power to operate a signalized intersection 24 hours a day, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation, is now averaging about $1,400 per year.

  • Don’t close the Mora pool

    It has come to my attention that administration and the School Board at the Mora Independent Schools is talking about closing the swimming pool and making it into a bus garage. In my opinion, this is the worst mistake anyone can make, and the community should protest.

    The swimming pool is the only form of recreation that is available for the children in the community. It’s because of the children that the Mora Independent Schools gets funding.

  • Measure attacks natural treasures


    The House Interior Appropriation Committee has passed a spending bill that would mean fewer protections for species at risk of extinction, more pesticides in our waters and less funding for our national wildlife refuges and other crucial conservation priorities. This bill is an attack on the natural treasures that are our children’s and grandchildren’s inheritance.

    We must protect God’s creatures and their environment, as they do not have a voice, and are not given a choice.

  • Mil Gracias

    The Las Vegas-San Miguel County chapter of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life held its overnight event on June 10 and 11 at the West Las Vegas High School Frank Herrera football sports complex. It was preceded by the survivors’ reception on June 9 at The Night Owl. Entertainment was provided by El Trio Los Gallos. Alta Vista Regional Hospital provided all the refreshments.

  • Torres taught so very much

    It was with tears in my eyes that I read and reread the wonderfully written article about our beloved Gene Torres (Optic, July 1 edition). When we built our house south of Romeroville in 1999, our builder’s wife said that if I took up golf she would play with me. So I became one of the thousands of students who learned to love and play golf because of Gene.

  • Meeting to retain Holman P.O.

    The community of Holman has been offered another town hall meeting by the Post Office, in redress for the first very unsatisfactory meeting that was held on April 19 of this year at the Mora Post Office. It will be held in the small gymnasium at  Mora Independent Schools on Wednesday, July 20, from 5:30 p.m. until done.  

    As a community, we very much appreciate this gracious concession by the Post Office, and we look forward to a pleasant, productive meeting in which our concerns are voiced and heard.

  • One bench at a time

    A small thing, perhaps, but to my mind deserving of major-league kudos. I speak of Community First Bank which, during its renovation of the Murphey’s  Drugs building, had the wholesome good-heartedness to include benches along the two outside walls of their new offices.

  • Done to one, done to all

    To our fellow citizens of the Las Vegas community:

    There is much wisdom in the saying, “What you do to one of us, you do to all of us,” especially as it relates to the recent desecration of 30 Jewish graves in the historic Montifiore Cemetery and seven in the Masonic Cemetery. 

    As yet there is no proof the destruction of headstones was carried out because of racism, anti-Semitism or some other kind of intentional hate-based belief system or desire to intentionally inflict fear or pain.

  • Respect is a community value

    We appreciate the front page coverage the Optic gave to the recent desecration of tombstones in Las Vegas cemeteries. It is difficult to understand the motivations of those involved. We hope that those responsible will quickly be apprehended and that all in the community will agree that such behavior has no place among us.  

    Respect for others is an important community value. This means that we avoid abusing each other when we are alive and we respect each others’ graves when we are dead. How could anyone forget that?

  • ‘No, not here, not anywhere’

    Many people in this community know me as a passionate defender of the right of Palestinians to live free of Israeli oppression. People also know me as opposed to the United States offering no-strings-attached support to Israel. However, I write today to strongly condemn the vandalism of the Jewish cemetery here in Las Vegas.