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Letters

  • 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.

  • Mil Gracias

    I have been chosen to participate in the Down Under Track & Field to be held in Australia from June 26 through July 4.

  • Educators, others taking big hits

    OK! The Las Vegas City Schools district is raising our property taxes 30 percent because of their error; our mayor wants to raise our water taxes 500 percent, supposedly over the next 20 years. Please, correct me if I am wrong. If you’re an educator, the legislature just increased the amount of your retirement contribution, meaning less take-home pay (during) a recession with gas and food prices going up and up; just to name a couple of examples of cost-of-living increases.

  • Many colors, many truths

    “Children are brainwashed. Prejudice is fed into the child with mother’s milk.”
    — Henri Vander Kolk

     I don’t remember what I was fed with my mother’s milk, but I do remember what I was fed when I graduated from the teat to cup.

    I started going to Sunday school before I could read and write, but I could sing. We all sang and the song I remember best had these words: “Red and yellow, black and white, we are precious in His sight. We are all the little children of the Lord.”

  • UWC border trip was irresponsible

    Referring to the front page article on April 4-5, I believe that taking United World College international students on a spring break field trip to pick up litter along the U.S./Mexico border in the Sonoran Desert was naïve and irresponsible on the part of those arranging and approving such a trip.

    Those students could have surprised “immigrants” who were crossing with drugs, weapons, etc., resulting in a tragedy of terrible proportions and repercussions not only for UWC, but internationally.

  • Other ways to tackle water crisis

    I lived in Arizona, also a desert, for 46 years. I lived in Phoenix, plus several rural small towns. I lived in central, northern, and southeastern Arizona. Everywhere we lived we had enough water. There are more people in the Phoenix metropolitan area than in all of New Mexico, and everyone has a swimming pool and lots of green landscaping.

    There are other sources of water than snow melt.

  • Mil Gracias

    The family of Bernadina O. Gallegos would like to express our appreciation to all our family and friends for the cards, kind words, food and money that was given to us during our time of sorrow.

    Special thanks to Dr. Michael Lopez and Alta Vista Hospital for doing a great job in taking care of our mother. Thanks to Zak (RN) and Michael Quintana (CNA) from Alta Vista Hospital; you have big hearts and the medical profession is fortunate to have people like you.

    Thanks to the AmberCare Hospice for providing dignity and care to our mom.

  • Clarifying the FFA’s fundraising efforts

    I am writing to clear up any misunderstandings about the March 28 Optic article highlighting events at the Las Vegas City Schools board meeting. FFA members were accused of using school-provided money inappropriately. We value the support of our community and would never want to damage your trust. Please allow me to explain the actual situation.

    When I accepted the position in August, I was handed the reins of all the fundraising activities the students and their parents were doing at the time for the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.

  • Don’t let Holman Post Office close

    The community of Holman was informed on Wednesday, April 6, that the Post Office is considering closing the Holman Post Office, which has been without a postmaster since the untimely death of Dolly Gallegos last year. The community is mobilizing to fight this, and information is our tool.