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Letters

  • Stealing from the starving

    This phrase in a recent op-ed caught my attention: “The full, stealing from the plates of the starving, simply isn’t an American ideal.”

    But that’s the state of affairs here in the U.S. today. The full are stealing from the plates of the starving. Besides being absolutely repulsive, this theft is un-American.

  • Mil Gracias

    I would like to extend my gratitude to all who purchased a raffle or raffles to help offset medical expenses. As always this great community has stepped up to help a family in need.

    Winners of the raffle are as follows: first, Olivia Gonzales; second, Joelynn Gonzales; third, Virginia Gonzales; fourth, Jessica Ortiz; fifth, Ray Gurule Jr.; sixth, Matt Sandoval; seventh, Alejandro Lovato; eighth, Darlene Ulibarri; ninth, Thelma Varela; 10th, Diana Lucero; and 11th, Brenda Ramirez.

  • Don’t roll back energy standards

    The Construction Industries Commission is proposing to roll back energy efficiency standards for new homes and commercial buildings that were adopted last year, before Republican Gov. Susana Martinez took office. The rollback proposal carries out the recommendation of Martinez’s Small Business-Friendly Task Force.

  • ‘Icy’ sign needed at El Corte curve

    El Corte (“the cut”) is the mote/nickname many people use for this curve on Interstate 25 just four miles south of Las Vegas. A mountain cut made on I-25 left a tall portion on the southeast side and every winter from October through March the roadway here is in the shade even on sunny days. The result is that any moisture is likely to remain frozen in the curve when the rest of the highway is dry and safe.

  • Maternal health is a human right

    Every 90 seconds, somewhere in the world, a woman — most likely living in poverty — dies giving birth. That’s almost 1,000 women every day; more than 350,000 women each year. The vast majority of these deaths are preventable.  

  • Area deserves protection

    I am writing to commend Sens. Bingaman and Udall for their leadership in bringing Rio Grande del Norte National Conservation Area Establishing Act one step closer to passage with a hearing last week in the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee’s Subcommittee on Public Lands and Forests.

  • Now is the time for bold action

    The East Board made a courageous choice in their action to hire none of the finalists for the vacant superintendent’s position.

    Isn’t now the perfect time to reconsider a consolidation of the two Las Vegas school districts?

    Isn’t now the moment, when teacher cuts in both districts are imminent?

    Isn’t now the opportune time, when our “community united” may make the boldest choice and take the action that would benefit the most children?

  • Tribute to an educator

    It has been said that we wait until people die before we say good things about them, but when Leonard Aragon retired from Mora Independent Schools I sent in a nice article to the Optic, describing his character, and it was published.

  • Mil Gracias

    The staff and parent-teacher organizations at Union Elementary and Don Cecilio elementary schools would like to thank the Bikes for Books Program; Masonic Charities Foundation of New Mexico, Chapman Lodge #2 AF & AM; the Las Vegas Wal-Mart store; the Eagles Aerie #3815; and the Robertson High School FFA Chapter for donating bicycles to give to our students as incentives for reading books and doing well in academics.

    Thanks to their generous donations we were able to reward our students this year with 25 bicycles.
    Delbert Saaverdra

  • Too little pride in Las Vegas

    Give me a break! A welcoming gateway arch at University Avenue and Fifth Street? That’s akin to putting a pearl necklace on a pig! It will take a lot more than $100,000 in landscaping, banners and informational signs to mask the unsightly convenience store, used car lot, discount gas station and vacant lot at that intersection!

    Of course the conceptual drawings look beautiful. The architect wouldn’t get paid if they didn’t look good! It’s a far cry from an artist’s rendering to what will probably be built.