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Letters

  • 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.

  • Water, not the ‘arch,’ needed

    Having read the article regarding water and the “Welcome Arch,” I agree with Alan Franken; and Mayor Ortiz is wrong. The “arch” will do nothing to help the  city or its people; water will.

    Having lived here for 12 years and water having been an issue for the last 12 years in my history, it is time that politicians get their priorities straight and make some major steps toward resolving a long-standing issue. Nobody cares about a “Welcome Arch.”

    Kirk Bonds
    Las Vegas

  • So far, so good on ‘gateway’ proposal

    I attended the first public input meeting for the proposed “Gateway” plan, and Tim Dodge did a great job explaining the plans and allowing for public comment. He claims that the comments will be taken into consideration in pulling together the final plan.  

  • No reimbursement is just wrong

    Although the solid waste consumers were proven by audit to be overcharged for solid waste service, there is no intention by the city to reimburse the customers’ money. This action speaks directly to the ethics of the people making and approving this decision. Simply, the city manager thinks he can do whatever he wants, regardless of right or wrong.

  • Support for FFA students

    As FFA supporters and alumni, we are privileged to know many of the Robertson High School FFA members personally. So we were shocked and saddened by the treatment they received at a recent school board meeting. We can only imagine how the students felt, especially when they work so hard to do their best at school and in their FFA program.

    The young people in FFA strive to live by a code of ethics we should all try to live by. They are honorable, hardworking, and strive for excellence in everything they do. They are the future leaders of our community, state and nation.

  • Mil Gracias

    Thank you to the Bank of Las Vegas and Community First Bank for their beautiful landscape improvements on Douglas Avenue. Paying the full cost of the improvements, the banks have illustrated their faith in the community, their creativity and ability to work together for the betterment of the entire city.

    This project will bolster the business corridor on Douglas by bringing a pleasant atmosphere to that portion of our town. Hopefully, their example will inspire others in the community to add beautification projects in the historic district as well as elsewhere in the city.

  • San Miguel County can do better

    When oil companies donate to conservation groups, it’s called “reputation insurance.” Questionable businesses donate to schools to be “good neighbors.”

    Industrial wind energy is very big business. Subsidized by government via taxpayers, wind developers are surfing the green wave of renewable energy.

  • Plan will likely hurt, not help

    I read with concern about the plan of the Las Vegas City School Board to improve student performance at struggling schools in the district. The idea, as presented in the Optic, seems to be this. Students at Paul D. Henry are performing well. That means that the teachers at Paul D. Henry must be doing a good job. So the obvious conclusion is that if we move those good teachers to other schools, the performance of the students at the other schools will improve.

  • Mil Gracias

    This is a comment on my recent stay at Alta Vista Hospital for my second knee replacement surgery.

    The care I received at the hospital is second to none. I give high praise for the complete staff from the floor people to the administration.Thank you for a pleasant and friendly stay.

    John J. Seaton
    Las Vegas

  • Don’t break up PDH’s staff

    It has come to the attention of the Paul D. Henry Elementary School staff that reorganization or movement of teachers will be happening for next year. We feel that due to PDH meeting adequate yearly progress for the last two years that it is a possibility our teachers may be moved to different schools that have not made AYP. It is to our understanding that the strongest teachers will be moved to service the students most in need.