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Today's Opinions

  • EDITORIAL: DA takes good step

    Last week in this space, we encouraged authorities to seek an independent investigation into allegations against Las Vegas police Officer Martin Salazar.

    Unbeknownst to us, District Attorney Richard Flores had already decided to do just that. We commend him for taking this step.

    Earlier this year, three jailers at the San Miguel County Detention Center reported that Salazar had threatened to hurt a woman he had taken into custody, 52-year-old Bernadette Varela. Other jailers filed reports indicating that Varela alleged she had been injured by Salazar.

  • COLUMN: Ward 3 leads in crime

    So where is all the crime occurring in our community? I recently obtained a copy of a Police Department report that shows the number of reports for each of the city’s four wards.

    For 2008, Ward 3 topped all the others in the combined number of crime reports. Ward 3 consists of the city’s southeast quadrant, including the New Town historic district, the Railroad district, and Sixth, Seventh and Eighth streets. This ward had 981 reports last year, followed by Ward 4, the southwest quadrant, at 828.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    On behalf of the Mora Chamber of Commerce, I would like to thank the many volunteers who assisted on April 25 for the Mora County Clean-up Day.

    The success would not have been possible had it not been for the hard work of those involved. Thank you to the 120-plus individuals who cleaned up the roadways, ditches, yards and arroyos. Special thanks to Russell’s, New Mexico Department of Transportation, Community First Bank, Bank of Mora, Mora County, Daniels Ranch, Herzog Environmental, Allsups and the Buena Vista Volunteer Fire Department.

    Orta Vez, Mil Gracias!

  • LETTER: We could be the smart state

    In response to “Proposed wind rules called ‘one sided’”: It is important to note the amendments to the San Miguel Ordinance is designed to protect all citizens of San Miguel County per the San Miguel Comprehensive Plan that states “rural lifestyle, small farms and large ranches, traditional historic villages, cultural heritage and extraordinarily scenic setting of San Miguel County should be celebrated, honored and preserved.”

  • LETTER: Runaway well cared for here

    We have a 17-year-old boy who ran away recently. He was picked up by your police department in Las Vegas, N.M. He wanted to come home, and the police department helped get him back to us safely. We are very grateful to all who helped in this and wish to thank someone. That was a very hard time waiting, but the way (you handled it) and the contact we had with Las Vegas PD was so helpful. Thank your city for this.

    Pat Harris

    West Monroe, La.

  • EDITORIAL: Thumbs

    ‘GREEN AND GOLD’ TAKES ON NEW MEANING. The West Las Vegas High School environmental studies program is right on time. While the entire nation prepares to go greener, teacher Kirk Ludi is getting his students in on the action, by converting a 1970 Porsche into a battery-operated car, creating an electric bicycle and more. These are the kinds of projects that inventive young minds can really wrap themselves around — and they obviously are.

  • LETTER: Received good care at Alta Vista

    Recently I experienced being hospitalized for the first time in my life, as well as having surgery.

    This short note is to praise all the employees at Alta Vista Regional Hospital for their dedication and responsibility to providing good patient care in this community.

    The emergency room personnel was exceptional, and I was very impressed with the courteous and sincere performance of the whole staff. We are fortunate to have a group of very committed and compassionate employees at Alta Vista.

    Annette P. Clancy

    Las Vegas

  • LETTER: Uncomfortable with the defense

    I was interested in reading about the San Miguel County attorney’s defense of the Optic — and also slightly uncomfortable.

    Although, Mr. Jesus Lopez has every right to voice his support, he does after all, represent a branch of government that the Optic is expected to question with as much enthusiasm as they question any other authority.

    The best newspapers are diligent, unbiased, and serve no one but their readers, the general public — not always telling them what they want to hear, but what they need to know.