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Today's Opinions

  • Mil Gracias letter

    West Las Vegas/Los Niños Head Start would like to thank the following for helping to make our annual Transition Fair held April 30 a success:

    The staff at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center, Subway/Shell, Mills Avenue Lowe’s, Wal-Mart, New Mexico State Police, Wind River Ranch, West Las Vegas Schools, Las Vegas City Schools, West Las Vegas Head Start staff and Transition Committee and all parents who attended. Additionally, a special thank you to State Rep. Thomas Garcia, who has been supporting this event for the past four years.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    I’d like to commend Benny and April Ortiz for yet another successful season as the RHS Girls Track Team coaches.  

    Besides being successful in the sport realm, they are very active in teaching the girls life lessons that will impact their lives. These coaches dedicate long, hard hours and sacrifice a lot of their personal time to be there for our children. Please print this so that they know they are appreciated and their efforts have not gone unnoticed.

    Christian Montaño

    Las Vegas

     

  • Letter: Two candidates were impressive

    After attending the forum presenting candidates for County Commissioner, I was very impressed by two candidates for District One, either one of which I wish I could vote for. (I don’t live in District One; I do not know either candidate personally.)

  • Letter: Son encourages vote for his father

    I recently retired as a sergeant major after 30 years of military service, including several combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. I’m a recipient of the Bronze Star. I came back to Las Vegas to be closer to my family and, of course, the good food.

    I would like to take this opportunity to ask you for your support in electing my father, Joe A. Lucero (Yunta), as our next county commissioner for District 1. He is a true professional and will lead by example.

  • Letter: A joke, quote or sign of some kind

    I love collecting quotes, jokes and signs. I once saw a huge sign on an open gate, which read, “Keep Gate Closed.”

    I read something like that in the Optic recently but I’m not sure if it’s a quote, a joke or a sign.

    In an article entitled, “Judge named for animal control case,” I see the City Council voted to appoint an attorney, a former Las Vegas resident, to preside over a case in Las Vegas specifically because he is not familiar with Las Vegas.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs DOWN for ... CLOSED ON SUNDAYS. We knew to expect some cuts to governmental operations, but closing the recreation center on Sundays? Ouch. That hurts — especially just before the summer months, when a cool dip in the pool is so tempting.

    Still, Las Vegas City Manager Timothy Dodge is looking at a way to provide minimum staffing just to keep the wellness area open on Sundays. We’re glad to see such a possibility being considered, but we’re sorry such a cutback on such a valuable public service is necessary.

  • Letter: Optic didn't ask enough questions

    People generally believe that a newspaper article or an “official report” is accurate and honorable. In reality, that is not always the case.

  • Work of Art: A proud alumni of Highlands

    When Gilbert Sanchez was president of Highlands University, his office routinely presented some attractive lapel pins to employees who had also graduated from there. That included a large number of us.

    When I received mine, I asked Sanchez whether I needed to share it with another, my wife maybe. “Why?”  “Well, the pin had the word ‘alumni.’”