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Letters

  • Ideas to conserve even more water

    Ideas to further conserve water:

    • One can catch handwashing water from a cut used gallon water jug set in the sink.

    • Wash dishes by hand to collect rinse dish water (don't use garbage disposers).

    • Collect tub water using a gallon jug as a scoop.

    • Wash clothes by hand and use leftover water to flush the toilet, and or water plants outside or save for future use in a five gallon used clean paint jug.

    Susan Stone Salas
    Las Vegas

  • Mil Gracias

    A trip of a lifetime for Valley Middle School, West Las Vegas Middle School and High School students was made possible by numerous supporters. The students traveled to our nation’s capital Washington D.C. in May. They attended the Business Professionals of America National Conference for nearly a week. At the conference, the students’ excelled in their respective BPA events and came home with numerous awards. The West Las Vegas Middle School placed second in the nation in a field of 180 schools.

  • Questions about legal system

    A recent Optic article has left me with questions. It concerns a local mother and her 2-year-old and 8-month-old children who were separated from her while traveling from Portugal. She has been detained in Tennessee and her children were taken from the safety of their mother in what appears a very unprofessional and scary manner.

  • Understanding why mother ran

    As a father, I understand completely why Rebecca Montoya had to flee to protect her children. As a parent if you don’t protect your children, who will? In my opinion, custody should have never been granted to Tomas Lucero just because he is a state police officer.

  • Walmart should be responsible

    I am glad to see the city take the realistic step of canceling the fireworks show this year, due to fire danger.

    And I’m glad to hear (second hand) that Walmart is ceasing its sale of fireworks, as of Thursday. Better late than never!

    I hope all Las Vegans, even those who consider themselves careful and responsible, will save their fireworks for next year — hoping next year is not such tinderbox conditions for accidental fires.

    Jim Terr
    Las Vegas
     

  • St. Isidore and prayer

    I recall growing up where culture, traditions and faith worked hand in hand. Most of the people in the Mora Valley back in the ‘30s and ‘40s made their living off their crops.
    They had what they called the dry years, and the wet years. During the dry years people would take the statue of St. Isidore and parade him through the fields and the people would be blessed with rain.

  • Mil Gracias

    On behalf of the volunteers and board members of the Comedor de San Pascual, I would like to thank the community for its support of our efforts to offer a free evening meal at the Senior Center in Old Town.

  • Curmudgeon, yes, but not always

    Las Vegas did indeed lose a local legend with the death of Robert Jones on May 25.
    Mr. Jones often presented a very gruff exterior, but those who could get past that knew one of the most kind-hearted, loyal and generous friends anyone could ever ask for.

  • Prepare for, and prevent, fires

    The current fires burning across the country, and in particular those in our state and adjacent counties are bound to have everyone on edge. For this reason I found it important to share a scary situation we had in the neighborhood recently.

    At approximately 7 p.m., a police car sped by on East National Avenue, and soon after came a fire truck. From my front porch I saw black smoke rising which seemed to be coming from two blocks away under the University Avenue Bridge exit from I-25.

  • No fireworks for the holiday

    Let’s see if I understand this. Fireworks are banned in San Miguel County, but people can set them off in Las Vegas?

    Walk around town. Everyone has yards full of dead grass and weeds. The trees are half dead and dried out. The town is a tinderbox.  

    The people of Luna, Carlsbad, Raton, and now Santa Fe are, or have been, living with the fear of losing their homes to fire.

    But, no doubt because of the precious fiestas, we are going to let people in Las Vegas play with fireworks this July?