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Letters

  • A great experience at Alta Vista

    About two weeks ago, at a women's’ meeting, the conversation gyrated toward medical care, hospitals, etc.


    I mentioned that my husband, age 82, was scheduled two days later for a colonoscopy.


    One of the ladies asked where the procedure would be done, Taos or Santa Fe. When I told them that we were going to Alta Vista, one would, judging by the expression of their faces, have thought that he planned to enter the Gates of the House of Horrors and deliver himself into the claws of some evil Klingon Creature.

  • Aircraft noise a big health issue

    We need to know the predicted effects of training flights from Cannon Air Force Base. The city exemption is sufficient for pause. Will other concentrated population areas receive similar consideration?


    Are we likely to be rocked awake weekly, monthly or nightly?
    Are we likely to find ourselves on a preferred flight path?
    Will we have any recourse in an intolerable situation?

  • Important question was overlooked

    The response to the Optic reporter by City Attorney David Romero, stating that he had no knowledge of the violations by the city police of the Inspection of Public Records Act regarding my request for a police incident report, is confusing.

  • An outrageous property tax hike

    Attention homeowners: I received my property taxes for the next year and they went up $196.06 — almost $200 — over last year. I’ve never seen such outrageous raises on property taxes in one year. For businesses I could understand.
    I called Alfonso Ortiz, the San Miguel County treasurer, and he said the East Las Vegas schools had made a mistake in their intake of taxes last year, so we the taxpayer had to make up the difference this year, and next year they would go down again. I told him if the schools made the mistake make them account for it, not us.

  • Grogan the energy behind changes

    In response to the Nov. 8 letter concerning Alta Vista Regional Hospital CEO Richard Grogan, who was there from January 2008 until September 2010, Mr. Grogan was the energy behind the observed changes that have taken place at the hospital over the past year or so.

    He set policies and staffing which have enhanced the quality of services provided. The improvement (the letter writer) noted has occurred for the organization as a whole but it took only one bad experience with one or two persons for her to generalize that all staff were uncaring, which was never true.

  • Trained to take pride, be tough

    We served and we were deployed all over the world and prisoners of war in concentration camps.


    We were trained to deal with (being) POWs. Yes, it was covered as part of your basic training, and it went beyond just saying your name rank and serial number. You were taught, you’re trained, to maintain pride and dignity and respect for your country. You’re an American soldier; never sell yourself short; always be tough.
    Juan A. Fresquez
    Las Vegas
     

  • Mora clerk does outstanding work

    On Nov. 2, I had the honor of being part of the tabulation for the absentee and early voting at the Mora County Clerk’s Office.


    Besides working alongside some fantastic and honest others, locked in a room for seven-plus hours, I had a rare chance to observe the complicated and hard work that our county clerk, JoAnn Salas, and her excellent team of employees do during an election process.

  • Boiling mad at Richardson

    My family, my friends, all my relatives are disgusted and boiling mad with Gov. Bill Richardson.
    It’s hard to believe how he has ruined our state and Democratic Party. What gall and shamelessness the man has. (Que sin vergueza.)
    We come from a lifelong line of Democrats. We returned to New Mexico about two years ago and it’s so sad to see what he has done. The man thinks that people are stupid. Let’s look at a sampling of what he has done.
    He sent us Manny Aragon to run Highlands University. Aragon is now in prison.

  • Judge Hern with his maker now

  • Gaza Monologues were powerful

    I went to the United World College on Oct. 17 to attend a theater event called The Gaza Monologues. These are stories written by Palestinian children.
    As a Jewish woman, I wasn’t sure how I would react. Much to my surprise, I found myself in tears.
    The Nat Gold Players, the students from Highlands University and students from UWC were excellent in their performances.
    The extraordinary writings of those children living in a war zone, watching relatives die, bombs all around them, not having food and/or shelter, made me weep.