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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial: A good choice for Robertson

    The Las Vegas City Schools district made a good decision in hiring Eddie King as principal of Robertson High School. He fills an important role.

    King’s selection was the result of a process that involved administrators, teachers, parents and students.

    He started as an English and Spanish teacher with Memorial Middle School in 1981 and moved on to a similar position at Robertson High School in 1998. He has been Robertson’s assistant principal since 2007.

  • Letter: APS is negligent in its inaction

    It is not an anonymous “System Failure” which has put the health and safety of Ms. [Gordy] Thatcher and Las Vegas residents in jeopardy. It is plain and simple neglect by Adult Protective Services Division of the New Mexico Department of Health. As stated, Ms. Thatcher is a functionally disabled person, but she is also a client of APS. As such, APS has statutory and regulatory responsibilities for the protection of Ms. Thatcher’s health and safety.

  • Letter: Thanks for patrols of handicap spaces

    I would like to thank our police officers for all that they do for us — but especially to the officer who patrols Wal-Mart and makes sure that the people who are truly handicapped have a parking spot close to the entrances. He has been a true blessing for us and I want to acknowledge him with appreciation for that. I see many young people who drive up and jump out of their cars or trucks clearly showing that they are not disabled in any way —that goes for some women too.

  • Letter: Postmaster Ellis does a great job

    I’m writing to show support for the great job Alberta Ellis has done at the post office. On several occasions Ms. Ellis has gone above and beyond in taking care of mine and my family’s needs when problems arise. I can’t imagine how stressful and time-consuming the job can be, not to mention unglorified. She is the person behind the scenes doing her best to deliver to all the people of Las Vegas.

  • Column: News happens all the time

    For nearly five months, the Las Vegas Optic has been a three-day-a-week newspaper. For our first 130 years, this paper was a daily.

    Because of the reduction, many people have mistakenly believed that we work only three days a week. We don’t — for a very simple reason: The news still happens all the time.

    When my superiors decided to reduce the Optic’s frequency, I was nervous. I figured that we would get many complaints from our readers and some cancellations of subscriptions.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    This letter is to thank the following individuals and/or businesses for their recent contributions to our senior citizens centers:

    Our Lady of Sorrows and Rev. C. John Brasher , Daylight Donuts, Charlie’s Bakery & Café, Howard’s Sand & Gravel, the City of Las Vegas, Jesse Abel, Nick Coca, the Salvation Army — and Carmen Gress, and Love Your Neighbor.

    Your continued support of our senior services programs is greatly appreciated.

    Theresa Lopez

    Program Director

    Ser de N.M. Senior Citizens Center

  • Letter: Won’t be backing Tony Marquez

    I have received many phone calls and many individuals have come to my home asking about the 2010 election for mayor.

    I would like to make it perfectly clear that contrary to rumors, neither myself nor any of those whom I associate with are endorsing or seeking the re-election of current Mayor Tony Marquez Jr.

    We will register new voters, go door to door, distribute flyers, put up signs, pass out cards, network, do phone banks and family block vote coordination for that candidate whom we feel will address issues we bring to the table. We are tired of being ignored.

  • Editorial: Mentoring pays off

    Earlier this week, the Optic reported on a problem  facing Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico — a shortage of male “Bigs” in Las Vegas. Hopefully, some will step up to fill the void.