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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Looks like Vegas has been conned

    I understand hoodlums are back to pitching rocks through plate glass windows of art galleries on Bridge Street. For-profit art galleries are closing at a disappointing rate. The local Arts Council has decided to quit doing the Las Vegas version of the popular Studio Tours that communities around the state look forward to.

  • Letter: We need to explore proposed tax hike

    It seems wrong to me that property taxes are, without a vote, to be increased by 30 percent. Is that an arbitrary decision? Is it to pay for the $3 million overcharge to NMHU by the city? and county? I don’t even have a trash container, which I requested from the city seven years ago. Doesn’t matter. This sudden announcement by Mayor Alfonso Ortiz is certainly unwelcome, and his duh, duh answers lead us to further questions.

    Let us explore what exactly is being done with our tax dollars.

    Kirk Bonds

    Las Vegas

  • Letter: Defending Duran, Gurule-Giron

    In defense of council member Tonita Gurule-Giron and city employee Theresa Duran, I would like to point out that both women are being placed in an uncomfortable situation when addressing resident complaints, as reported in the Optic.

    Ms. Duran’s position exposes her to catching fire from both sides. I wouldn’t want to be in her shoes. I wouldn’t doubt that council member Gurule-Giron may be fielding complaints from two wards on the west side.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... A NEW LOOK. The Las Vegas Police Department headquarters, which stands on some choice real estate at the Old Town Plaza, is getting a new and long overdue look. A groundbreaking ceremony took place last week for the building renovation.

    We’re glad to see it. The PD’s new facade promised to complement this beautiful area of town.

  • Letter: Praise for stand on low-level flights

    I would like to thank our courageous Mayor Alfonso E. Ortiz Jr., Peace Center community advocate Pat Leahan, our city council members and the people of Las Vegas for their input and concern about the Air Force LATN (Low Altitude Tactical Navigation) proposal.

    We now have a comprehensive resolution — No. 10-78 — citing the adverse affects this could have on our community.

    I am confident that San Miguel County and all of the other cities and counties of New Mexico and Colorado will follow in the protest of LATN.

    I am so proud of Las Vegas.

  • Letter: Body shops not in carwash business

    Yes, the city of Las Vegas has recently passed a revised water conservation Ordinance No. 09-18, which applies to all citizens.

    Paint and body shops utilize water to clean the vehicles as part of the process of repair; they are not in the “car wash business.”

    If a city department is unable to satisfactorily answer your questions, please remember that the buck stops at the desk of City Manager Tim Dodge. Tim has always answered my questions. If you have been overcharged, Mr. Dodge will investigate and correct the error.

    Bruce McAllister

  • Letter: Privatization raises questions

    If the city decides to privatize the Solid Waste Department, will the new for-profit company provide, at a minimum, the same services currently provided? Consider the following:

     Will the for-profit company pick up solid waste for official alley clean-ups?

     Will the for-profit company pick up solid waste after each Ward clean-up?

     Will the for-profit company pick up solid waste after citywide clean-ups on Saturdays?

     Will they clean up the streets and parks after parades, fiestas, etc.?

  • Editorial: Finance post a key one

    Ruben Cordova, the West Las Vegas school district’s new superintendent, made a good decision when he hired an outside person to take a look at the district’s business office.

    Larry Binkley, who has served as a business manager for a number of New Mexico school districts, interviewed business office employees and took a look at the district’s finances.

    He reported finding a department full of backbiting and gossip. And he said the employees weren’t happy with their supervisor, Dawn Biagianti, the business manager.