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Letters

  • 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.

  • No way to treat visitors with dogs

    We recently had the pleasure of visiting Las Vegas and staying at the Plaza Hotel — a hotel that was listed as dog friendly. It definitely met our expectations and the staff was great.

  • Politics clouding East’s decisions

    When are the good citizens of this great city going to say enough is enough, and take a stand against politics as usual?

    The East Las Vegas School Board just gave us another prime example at its school board meeting.

    The rumor-mill had this decision made three weeks ago, and damn if it wasn’t right. Makes you wonder how often school board members are meeting and discussing these issues outside regular board meetings.

  • Little League is for the children

    I have been a huge fan and supporter of the La Plaza Little League for a long time. On May 19, I attended a game. I choose this game specifically to write about because of the actions of the officials and the parents. The Red Sox were playing the Marlins. I noticed a parent of the Red Sox team using profanity towards the opposing team. I noticed this affecting these kids.

  • Mil Gracias

    Thanks to everyone who made the eighth annual SynergyFest a success. Thanks to the SynergyFest committee members for many months of hard work to line up vendors, presenters and entertainers; to publicize the event; and to coordinate logistics.

    The volunteers from Rio Gallinas School provided fun activities at the Sunshine Kids Village. Thanks also to New Mexico Highlands University Campus Life, Facilities and Campus Security for making the day run smoothly. Without the entertainers, presenters, and vendors, there would not be a SynergyFest.

  • Listen up, city government

    I doubt that the majority of people here in Las Vegas feel that city government should have the authority to forcibly remove items from private homes and yards and to place liens on said properties, to pay for the removal; on the sole purpose of their interpretation of an ugly appearance.

  • Disappointing trip back home

    Back in March I decided to return to my hometown of Las Vegas to see my family and visit the place where I grew up. However, when I arrived, I was shocked. I noticed that there was a great deal of trash in many of the yards throughout my old neighborhood.

    To say that my family and I were very disappointed is a huge understatement. There were piles of old appliances, tires, rusty metal and scrap wood.

  • Re-examining the ‘gateway’ route

    My wife and I attended the last of the city’s input sessions regarding the proposed welcoming arch planned for University and Fifth. We were impressed by the amount of work that has gone into it but there are some fundamental weaknesses in the plan.