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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Son didn't die in vain

    Emilio and I recently sent a prayer message to our son Michael Esquibel, who passed away on Jan. 15, 2009, after he was struck by the train in Las Vegas while on his way to unload some trash from his worksite. The message to him went like this:

    “Dearest Michael, you did not die in vain at the railroad crossing on your way to the transfer station, as now because of the very dangerous crossing and through the efforts of many, there are now in place the very necessary warning signs and signals that will prevent any more tragic deaths.

  • Letter: Counting chickens before hatched

    A few people knew I had written a rebuttal to Kathleen Dudley’s letter, and they were wondering why it wasn’t ever published. I said, they own the newspaper so they have the right to print or not print. I am never offensive in my letters, I always speak the truth, which I can back up with documentation. Someone mentioned that maybe the Optic was prejudiced, and I said I have never known them to be.

  • Work of Art: Raiders tag had no effect

    The signs at both entrances at the erstwhile Celebrity Sports Center in Denver made it clear: No Oakland Raider paraphernalia.

    Did the center management ban caps and jerseys touting the San Diego Chargers or Seattle Seahawks, at the time rivals of the Denver Broncos?

    Now I say “erstwhile” because it used to be called “Celebrity,” and as I recall, traded that word for “Family,” and now, who knows? The massive entertainment center on Colorado Boulevard might not even exist anymore, but the sentiment still wafts.

    Let me explain:

  • Editorial: Useless statistics

    Set aside the statistics that place New Mexico near the bottom of the list of states with the worst drunken driving records. And forget about the data that points to a slight decline in the number of DWIs in our state. Instead, let’s look at the front page of the Optic, just over the last month:

     • Paul E. Sanchez, 45, of 2700 Hot Springs Blvd. Space 4, was charged with his fifth DWI. Police say he was driving along Seventh Street at about 11:30 p.m. on June 25 and, after stopping, he tried to switch places with his female companion to avoid being arrested.

  • Letter: Distribute info more broadly

    In reference to the July 2-4 front page story, “City enacts tougher penalties,” I think it’s a good idea. However, even though the Optic prints the watering schedule, the city needs to send a schedule with their billing also. Not everyone gets or reads the paper.

    Law can be better enforced if the city makes sure no one has the excuse of “I didn’t know.”

  • Editorial: Amen to accountability

    Las Vegas City Manager Timothy Dodge wants to put new accountability measures in place with the Fiesta Council. If the council is spending taxpayer dollars, we should know how the folks in charge are spending our money.

    The other day, Yvette Arellanes, the council’s treasurer, showed an Optic reporter a document of recent deposits and withdrawals as an example of how her group tracks its finances. We’re glad that the Fiesta Council has that documentation.

  • As It Is: Taking responsibility

    I thought the cat and her four kittens that hung around my house weren’t my pets. They started coming by a month ago, so I began putting out food for them. I didn’t let them inside my house.

    But it turns out they were mine — in the eyes of the law. Code enforcement officer Rodney Perea told me that if people feed animals for three days or more, they are considered the owners.

    I didn’t think I was a part of the animal overpopulation problem. I just saw some hungry cats and felt compelled to feed them.

  • Letter: City realities, solutions, plans

    Our annual rainfall varies from 13 to 16 inches per year. We are a high desert. Our city only has stored enough water to last for about a month. Droughts have happened here and will happen again. Peterson Dam needs repair. Silt has reduced the storage capacity of both Bradner and Peterson reservoirs. Water conservation must occur for our city to survive.

    We must treat our water as the precious resource that it is. Citizens that use more water should pay higher rates than those who conserve.