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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Letter: Co-op members voted wisely

    As a member of the Mora-San Miguel Electric Co-op and a former general manager of the Co-op, I would like to thank the members of the Co-op for their vote recently regarding the bylaw elections. I, along with several co-op members, attend the monthly board meetings and we as a group have a good understanding of the happenings at the Co-op. We will continue to monitor what happens at the co-op and keep the membership informed.

  • Work of Art: Why protest a spelling bee?

    For the third time in my career, I’ve participated in a spelling bee, but no, not as a participant (my eighth-grade classmate, Ermalinda, beat me, and others, out).

    Once, while I was still teaching, Betty Leger and George Fidel invited me to be a pronouncer at West Las Vegas High School. Later, I served as a judge at the Baha’i School in Manuelitas.

  • Editorial: Trash rate hike needed

    It would be easy for us to condemn the city for even considering raising its garbage rates by 43 percent for residents — from $14 to $20 a month per household.   

    We could urge the city to find more efficiencies within the solid waste department and scour the federal and state bureaucracies for every available grant. And we could warn the city that any rate hike would hurt the elderly and others on fixed incomes.

    Indeed, that would all be true. At the same time, we would be avoiding hard truths.