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Letters

  • Don’t balance budget on poor, elderly backs

    Surely the lawmakers who want to balance the budget know that you can’t squeeze blood out of a turnip. Surely they know that to make a stronger chain you strengthen the weaker links.  

    We must not reduce the deficit on the backs of the poor and the elderly. We must not do away with Social Security, Medicaid and unemployment benefits.

    You and I should join the clergy who are praying for lawmakers who want to do away with entitlements.

  • ‘20 years behind the times’

    I don’t get it! We have had this water problem since the end of the 19th Century. This 500 percent increase that the mayor wants, is this going to solve our problem? 

    Maybe, because many of us will just not water what’s left of our  lawns.

  • A salute to our firefighters

    I’m writing this letter to share with you the great admiration I have for our City of Las Vegas firefighters, and the volunteer firefighters as well. Two weeks ago we went to the Las Vegas Fire Station with a group of United World College students who are interning with us at the Las Vegas Peace & Justice Center.

    I was so impressed by the friendly and welcoming atmosphere. We toured the office and dormitories, and then got to see the fire trucks and other equipment they use to save lives.

  • FFA raising it own funds

    This letter is in response to the tongue lashing given to the RHS FFA students at the recent Las Vegas City School board meeting. First of all I would like to clarify with Ms. Gloria Lovato-Pacheco that the money the students used was not given to the students by the city school board.

    Rather, that money was raised by the FFA students, parents and extended family members in order for these students to represent Robertson High School, the city of Las Vegas as well as the state of New Mexico at the National Convention.

  • Trash bin in wrong place

    There is a dumpster in the parking lot behind Wells Fargo downtown that is used primarily by Dick’s Restaurant. The fact that the city trash truck drivers can’t seem to place the damn thing on its concrete pad is one thing, but why is it always way out on the sidewalk!

    What really gets me is that this thing is nearly constantly leaking a mix of bar and restaurant fluids across the sidewalk and into the gutter!

  • Lawmakers deserve thanks for measure

    The reintroduction of Rio Grande del Norte National Conservation Area Establishing Act in Taos County on March 29 is a huge win for northern New Mexico. Our Democratic congressional delegation — Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall and Reps. Ben Ray Lujan and Martin Heinrich deserve praise from people here in northern New Mexico for taking the step in this 112th Congress to preserve 236,000 acres in north central New Mexico.  Please take a moment to call the delegation thanking them for their work.  

  • Recital a success

    The 6th annual Thomas Mishler Music Scholarship Recital was recently performed by four very talented students from the NMHU Music Department. They were soprano, Nicole Robinson; tenor saxophone, Joshua Armendariz; baritone and guitar, Timothy Martinez; and, Dennis Montaño on the trumpet. These students were awarded a competitive scholarship last fall. In the meantime, they worked closely with their music instructors to prepare four to five selections for the spring recital.

  • ‘Paul,’ shot in LV, was warm, funny

    I recently saw the movie, “Paul,” much of it shot on Bridge Street in Las Vegas. Unlike many films shot in New Mexico, I  thoroughly enjoyed it; I thought it was very warm and funny.

    I am disappointed that so many people I’ve mentioned it to, are not aware of it, or aware that it was playing at the Kiva. I hope “locals” will see this nice little film, in which we can all take some pride.

    Jim Terr
    Santa Fe
     

  • Mil Gracias

    Mil Gracias to all those who made the first annual Stop Diabetes Walk and free diabetes health screenings event a success! Volunteers included Donna Ortiz and her Dreammakers Health Career Club at Robertson High School; Christina Lovato and the Semillas de Salud Health Career Club at West Las Vegas High School; and El Centro Family Health staff and providers, including Jenna Schipporeit, Marian McAdams, Chris Ruge, Angela Baumeister, April Valdez, and Vincent Ruiz.

  • Negotiation is best way to go

    As one of the negotiators for the acequias in the matter of the remand, I want to thank the Optic for the editorial of March 23. As you wrote, negotiations will produce a much better result than any ruling by the courts. If the courts rule in favor of either the city or the acequias, the community will lose. This is because the courts are not interested in writing a sharing agreement that meets the needs of our community.