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Letters

  • Breakdown turned out OK

    This is our “on-the-road-again” story thanks to an automotive mechanic from Las Vegas, N.M.:

    Our 187,500 mileage Chrysler 1994 van has been a long-time family member since we purchased it 16 years ago, and this past November, it joined us on our weeklong car camping trip in northeastern New Mexico. Unfortunately on Sunday (the last day of our vacation), while traveling back to Denver we started having intermittent hesitation problems requiring us to be towed back to Santa Fe for a fuel filter replacement.

  • Educators must have adequate tools

    I graduated from Robertson in 1967 at the same time Don Pace did.

    Great to see that a fellow classmate became a reporter for the Optic.

    I read the article that pertained to the Las Vegas Public Schools regarding new adoptions and the lack of follow-through from district management in making sure all teachers and students had access to the curriculum at the beginning of the new school year.

  • Mil Gracias

    I would like to take this time to thank everyone who has helped me. It’s time to go to San Diego!

    Once again, the community of Las Vegas has come through. Once again, you have shown why the people of Las Vegas and surrounding areas can always be called on during a time of need. “Toda la jente” y “familia.”

    Thank you, Las Vegas, Mora and all those surrounding areas that have come together to help me. You have made me believe that people do care and will help when you are at your lowest. Thank you and God bless!

  • 3-mile setback is a protection

    The wind industry’s standard setback of 1500 feet is only based on the height and structure of the tower in case of “blade throw.”

    One turbine emits at its source about 97 decibels several hundred feet above the ground. This is as loud as a DC-9 aircraft. Multiply this by how many turbines are in a wind farm.

    The revised ordinance introduces this noise as a reason for its setback; that the normal outdoor background sound level of a proposed site be the starting point for determining the distance between one turbine and a home.

  • Ordinance will kill wind farms

    On Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 1:30 p.m., the San Miguel County commissioners will vote on an ordinance to govern wind farms in the county. As the ordinance now stands, it will essentially kill all wind farm development in the county.

  • Is the misconduct institutionalized?

    Let’s review a couple of Optic news stories from Dec. 1.

    The first story is about the Las Vegas City Schools district paying a $375,000 civil settlement for its role in the case of a former Robertson High School teacher who allegedly preyed sexually on a student over a period of several years. The former teacher is still facing 15 criminal counts of sexual conduct with a minor. Given that the district threw money at the alleged victim before she had even filed a lawsuit, it is apparent that the district was desperate to limit its legal exposure in this case.

  • Archiving items from films

    The Las Vegas Film Commission is in the process of archiving Las Vegas film and theater arts photos, posters, programs, news articles, etc. Film has been a part of Las Vegas for more than 100 years and we want to make sure that we showcase and archive our rich history for future generations.  

  • An angel for Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving is a day to thank the good Lord for all and everything that he provides for all of us. But it is also a day to thank people like Helen Rivera owner of the Sombrero Restaurant for the kindness and generosity that she extends to everyone and anyone who comes through the door on that special day — people looking to spend a day of thanks with people who are looking for the same thing.  

  • Mil Gracias

    Once again Las Vegas has shown its amazing generosity.  CROP Hunger Walk Las Vegas 2010 collected $11,438.49, a record for our Walk! 

  • Don't be hasty with search

    The City Schools needs a new superintendent, and we strongly advise it not do so in haste. Inasmuch as school board elections are within the next two months, the current board should refrain from acting.


    There is an excellent option available from the New Mexico Coalition of School Administrators, where a retired superintendent can fill an interim position while the search for a well-qualified candidate is done.