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Letters

  • Another prisoner of conscience set free

    Members of the local group of Amnesty International rejoice at the recent release from Administrative Detention in Israel of the Palestinian writer and teacher Ahmed Qatamesh who the group had adopted as a “prisoner of conscience.”

    We wish to share this good news with all those in Las Vegas who, over the past two years, have helped by writing cards and letters to Qatamesh himself and to Israeli military and civil authorities including the ambassador in Washington D. C.

  • Optic shouldn’t have run column

    Given our area’s history of animal abuse, including dog fighting, running the Rick Kraft column that starts with a dog fighting joke was a lapse in judgement.

    For people that think I should lighten up about the topic, go spend some time in our shelter, or out in the field with Animal Control or our volunteer animal rescue groups. There’s not much to find amusing.

    Corie Weaver
    Las Vegas
     

  • Campos shouldn’t stay at Luna

    It appears from what I have read that Pete Campos may remain as CEO of Luna Community College.

    Appears as though this politico has positioned himself to where the LCC Board is being led by the nose for his every whim.

    I guess when he makes it known he is going to retire that means little to his credibility.

    Is Las Vegas so indebted to this person that he is able to do what ever he wishes because he is the local politician bringing money to the area?

  • A skateboard park for Las Vegas?

    I was at Traveler’s Café several days ago when I saw several young men gathering and an adult man writing “Proposed Skateboard Park” on a whiteboard. Mayor (Alfonso) Ortiz arrived shortly thereafter to attend what appeared to be a scheduled meeting on the topic. I asked if I could sit in on this meeting, given that I was an avid skateboarder in my youth, having grown up on the east coast near Boston.

  • Visitor puzzled by fracking protests

    While visiting friends in San Miguel County in 2013 I was puzzled at the activity in Las Vegas concerning fracking. I encourage the people of the county who are being given information about fracking to ask the following questions:

    1. Please cite a specific case where fracking has damaged drinking water in the whole state of New Mexico. Or the whole of the U.S. This includes thousands of wells fracked over the US  in the last 20 years.

  • ‘No-kill’ policies not the answer

    The case in which five newborn puppies reportedly died of suffocation or exposure after being abandoned in a plastic bag near a ditch in Albuquerque is eerily similar to another incident that occurred last month. In that case, someone abandoned a litter of puppies next to a dumpster after the Albuquerque Animal Welfare shelter refused to accept them.

    The shelter had recently implemented a “no-kill” policy and was so overcrowded that it was putting people who tried to surrender animals on a waiting list.

  • Mil Gracias - Jan. 24, 2014
  • Reader questions need for flu shots

    “Flu strain (is) growing in New Mexico,” according to the Monday, Jan. 6 Optic, “People need to know that and get their shots.”

    I have never had a flu shot and I have never had the flu. I think there is a connection.

    Have there been any studies comparing the incidence of flu among people who get flu shots and people like me who consciously choose not to get flu shots?

    Betty Quick
    Las Vegas
     

  • Women played key role in HU protests

    I would like to start by thanking your periodical and the author for the ever interesting articles on the history of Nuestra Senora de Los Dolores de Las Vegas Grandes. I have especially enjoyed the summation of events leading to the peaceful student take over of Rogers Hall on the NMHU campus during the spring of 1970. The culmination of which was the confirmation of the first Chicano president, at NMHU, by any state- supported university in the United States of America.

    The memories of those events brought back many recollections.

  • Rec Center a great asset for Las Vegas

    In beginning to visit the city recreation center more lately, I am impressed and amazed how many Las Vegans participate in the conditioning offered by the array of weights and exercise machines. The equipment and the facilities are extensive and no doubt expensive, but “hats off” to whoever had the foresight to make that investment. I’m sure it pays off in terms of health and conditioning for many of us.

    Likewise the big, beautiful swimming pool there, which of course appears to be used more in the summer time.