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Letters

  • ‘Don’t worry, and don’t fret’

    It seems that every time we turn on the TV, or read the newspaper, there is crime, violence, or some national disaster somewhere in the world. People have so many problems, and although there are programs that help, most of these programs require a fee, and money is something that people just don’t have, especially those who need the help.

    The economy is bad and there is still too much unemployment. Sometimes I feel that they only way we the general public, can help is to pray. “Prayer is more powerful than the atomic bomb,” and it does help.

  • Mil Gracias

    On behalf of the Salvation Army in Las Vegas, I bestow appreciation to Anne Bradford, Judee Williams, and Wid Slick, proprietor of the Plaza Hotel, for planning, organizing and hosting the first Salvation Army Fashion Show on Feb. 13.

    The event was a great success where participants enjoyed coffee, tea, choices of delectable carrot or rich chocolate cake in the ambiance of the stylish ballroom. The Salvation Army clothing patterned by many volunteer models was stylishly shown with the flair of an elegant fashion demonstration.

  • An informative radio program

    Just wanted everyone in Las Vegas to know that I thought the radio station KFUN had an excellent program on March 11 with our honorable mayor, Alfonso Ortiz, Mr. Timothy Dodge, city manager, and Mr. Ken Garcia, city utilities director.

  • Angry at system of ‘justice’

    With all due respect, I am rapidly losing faith in our judicial system, from judges to prosecuting and defense attorneys, and those who manipulate the system.

    A man kills a dog for attacking a child, and he gets prison time? Another man kills a police officer in Tijeras and now waits for his attorney to find a legal “loophole” to get him released, or other such remedies.

    Maybe the saying, “The more money you have, the more justice you get,” is true. Even if you prosecute drunken drivers.

  • Lopez’s history columns valued

    I would like you to know that I really enjoy the articles Jesus Lopez has been doing on area history. It is important that area/ local history be preserved and Jesus Lopez is doing an excellent job of that through his very informative articles. I only wish you would run his articles more frequently.

    I would like to thank the Optic and Jesus Lopez for those columns. Keep up the good work!

    Dan Flores
    Santa Rosa

  • Thanks to those who stopped land swap

    God bless the wise honorable judges of the state Supreme Court. Thank you Judges, Mr. Bosson, Mrs. Petra Jimenez Maes and Mr. Patricio M. Serna! You make our day!

    I have followed the work of the Supreme Court and the state land office for over 50 years and I have always felt like both of them were like sacred land where you could go in times of need and get a fair shake!

  • No excuses for transfer station

  • The meaning of Lent, and beyond

    Lent is right around the corner, and I have been asked by my non-Catholic friends why Catholics put ashes on their foreheads, the first Wednesday of Lent.

    The way I always understood, this tradition goes back to the early Christians, and the Catholic church has continued the tradition throughout the years.

  • Seeking a home, forgiveness

    I am a psychiatrist and a traditional Catholic priest. I am also manic depressive, bipolar Type I. I have been taking lithium carbonate for many years.  

    I first worked at Las Vegas Medical Center in 1990 as a resident, most recently as a psychiatrist from May 2000 to May 2005.  I did not tell anyone of my diagnosis because of discrimination I have experienced in the past. Apparently my lithium stopped working during my most recent time at Las Vegas.  

  • Negotiate, don’t litigate

    For more than 50 years our city leaders pursued a policy of legal action to acquire water from the Gallinas River that had no foundation in New Mexico law. Hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of tax dollars, were expended litigating the “Pueblo Water Rights Doctrine” starting in the 1950s. When the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled against the doctrine, a return to “the rule of law” in water rights should have been established. Instead, the court found the city had a “reliance interest claim” due to the prolonged court battle.