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Letters

  • 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.

  • Poor citizens in a wealthy country

    “War is making us poor,” according to Pat Leahan’s letter on Friday, April 15. Behind this ugly truth lies another. As our foreign wars expand, a class war increases at home. This class war shifts wealth from the majority of the population to super-wealthy individuals and corporations.

    “Wait.” you say, “this is America, and we don’t have a class system.” Yes we do, if you consider class based on economic rather than social standing. Consider one of many pieces of evidence supporting this claim.

  • Mil Gracias

    On behalf of la Fiesta de la Hispanidad, I wish to thank all the participants who performed last March 26 in Ilfeld Auditorium at the 17th annual Fiesta de la Hispanidad. Each of you was an individual success, and I am deeply appreciative of you, your talent, and the hours spent in practicing for the time spent on stage. Your spirit of volunteerism and good will is what shapes and characterizes the soul of this event.

  • ‘Naturally occurring background levels’

  • Corporations should pay a fair share

    Readers who saw the photo published April 17 may appreciate more details about why people were out on the street outside Well Fargo bank on “Tax day.”

    As the photo shows, people carried signs calling for an end to tax loopholes employed by large corporations to avoid paying the federal income taxes to which much of the population is subject.

  • District 4 election in Tecolote is legal

    We read Diego Quintana’s April 14 letter to the editor, “Coop trying to hijack trustee election” with disappointment and disbelief. Quintana’s letter is factually incorrect and misrepresents the board’s actions regarding the May 10 District 4 meeting and election.    

  • Good service at Las Vegas MVD

    Hear Ye!  Hear Ye!  Be it known to all, far and wide!

    Let the record show that I just received accurate, efficient, friendly, and helpful service at the Las Vegas MVD.

    Susie (Baldonado) answered my question and solved my problem in short order, and then waited patiently while I verified the solution.

    Thank you, Susie, and thank you, MVD.

    Susie Tsyitee
    Las Vegas
     

  • Mil Gracias

    In an endeavor to help the victims of the tsunami and earthquakes in Japan, members of the First United Methodist Church planned a cultural learning evening to teach Japanese crafts and art and share in Japanese dinner. The evening was a gratifying success.

    From donations, ticket sales, and the silent auction, as well as bake sale and raffle from the United World College, a check for $3,500 will go to UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief). Since there are no administrative fees for the committee, the people in need will receive 100 percent of the donation.