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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: AARP members visit patients

    The local AARP Chapter of AARP No. 3258 members spent a day of service with patients on Sept. 11.

    Rosie Armijo played the piano and accordion as she also had a sing-along. Her music brought out the spirit and joy in all of us.

    Another activity which brought out excitement in the patients was the selection of their choice for a hygiene product. AARP members bring hygiene products to the monthly meetings and they are taken to the nursing home for distribution.

  • Letter: Big prize, good pizza

    It was after 8 p.m. on Sept. 16 when my wife Anita Vigil received a phone call from a male who identified himself as Mr. Garcia, the owner of Pizza Pro. Anita was told her name had been drawn as the winner of the $1,000 prize. Being aware of the present day scams I questioned her on its validity. She assured me it was factual, that in fact she has signed up for the drawing, since it is her favorite pizza and a place we frequent.

  • Letter: 'Interim' attorney doesn't make sense

    I am having a heck of a time understanding the term “interim.” A dictionary I used said it was “a temporary or provisional arrangement; stopgap; makeshift.”

    If this definition is correct, then why would the Great City of Las Vegas, New Mexico, want to use a stopgap or makeshift attorney?

    It would appear to me with elections last March, that there was plenty of time to find a fella that wanted to do a fine job for us and become a permanent part of our city family.

  • Letter: Could it happen here?

    Perhaps you read about the 6-year-old Cub Scout Zachary Christie being suspended for 45 days from his Delaware school. It seems that, without asking his parents, he brought his camping eating utensils to school (seemingly with which to attack the cafeteria mystery meat). A teacher saw it and, as required, reported it. The school district ruled that this otherwise exemplary student, in fact, brought a knife to school. So under the district’s strict no-tolerance policy, Zachary was required to be suspended for 45 days.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    thumbs UP ... PUBLIC INFORMED. A little communication can go a long way — a truism that applies to movie projects in Las Vegas. “Due Date” starts filming Saturday in Las Vegas, and the producers have already put out public announcements about their schedule.

    This is thanks to new city requirements that notice be given to residents about filming. To their credit, officials appear to be following through on the rules drafted in the spring.

  • Letter: Ojitos Frios needs more than history

    Years ago, I was associated with a person who was forever justifying her powers of observation by testifying very loudly that she was always right about wrong things. I recently read the headline article in the Optic which cited State Engineer John D’Antonio’s comments regarding the “water situation” in the Ojitos Frios subdivision and other communities directly south of Taylor Well No. 4.  

  • Letter: An intelligent expenditure?

    The city of Las Vegas hires an outside attorney to serve as the city attorney. The person hired (Carlos Quiñones) is not local. His office is in Santa Fe and from what I read and hear he is paid on a fee basis — time and expense. The Optic indicates Mr. Quiñones was paid the sum of $147,000 last year and this compares with $80,000 paid to the previous city attorney for the period of one year.

  • Editorial: Involve the council

    Las Vegas attorney Dave Romero had much criticism of the proposed city charter, which would essentially be the constitution for municipal government. The city is seeking public input on the document.

    The Charter Commission is proposing that the council have involvement in the hiring and firing of top officials. But Romero argues that this would be a mistake. He said the people elect mayors to get things done and that mayors need to have officials on board with their agendas. Therefore, appointment powers should rest solely with mayors, he said.