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Opinion

  • By the time you read this, I’ll be either sleeping or sleepless in Seattle -- seriously! My daughter, Ileana, sent me a ticket for a holiday getaway.

    Nevertheless, it’s the season -- however one wants to categorize it; the time to wish you all season’s greetings --Shalom, Joyeaux Noel, Feliz Navidad, Fröhliche Weihnachten, Mele Kalikimaka, oh, yeah, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, etc. And I do.

  • Editor’s note: This editorial first appeared here on Christmas Day 2007.

    We don’t think a secular, general circulation newspaper is the place to advance any one religious belief. It isn’t appropriate or even right to push our faith off on good people who believe differently. And, frankly, inclusiveness is consistent with our view that there are many paths to the Truth, and our search isn’t the only way to get there.

  • Parent Night or Open House was held on Monday, Oct. 19, at West Las Vegas High School. Parents were invited to meet and speak with their children’s teachers regarding grades, attendance, or any other matter in regard to their child’s education. Sign-in sheets in the front lobby indicated that 302 parents attended the event.

  • As one of the uneducated, unenlightened elite, who for some reason does not know with absolute certainty when human life begins, I was surprised to learn that I was one of those anti-abortion people who are therefore “anti-women, anti-child, and pro-patriarchy.” Gosh, I always thought when a human fetus was allowed to come to term a human being was born, not Flipper or Rin-Tin-Tin. But what do I know, I’m only playing with half a deck according to Ms. Joan Krohn, because I oppose abortion.

  • Invention is the mother of necessity. Just because if it’s been manufactured, we must have one. A look at the spending frenzy Sunday night at Santa Fe’s Best Buy convinced me that the world is ending tomorrow, and if people don’t buy their gadgets immediately, there’s no hope.

    For the most part, I’m a practitioner of shopping at home, but what I needed was not available locally. As I saw people grabbing up flat-screen TVs, for less than $200, I wondered why the serious jolt to the economy doesn’t seem to have hit Santa Fe or Las Vegas.

  • We’re glad to see Luna Community College continuing to emphasize to its vocational programs. It’s a great way to serve both its students, who need to go on to good-paying jobs, and area industries, which need well-qualified workers.

  • I don’t like writing domestic violence stories. I know that their publication has effects on families.

    But if the allegations are true, then the offender deserves the blame, not anyone else.

    I often look at Optic editions  from decades ago, and you see plenty of crime stories. What’s missing is reports of domestic violence. Does that mean such offenses never occurred back then? Of course not.

    In those days, law enforcement, the media and society in general considered domestic violence a private matter. It was between a man and a woman.

  • I think Mayor Tony Marquez has done a good job for Las Vegas, being that he was new at the job and young when he started. He helped with the development of Grand Avenue and worked on utility rates and with the homeless shelter’s program. He hired a good city manager after reviewing candidates. He works long hours. I watch them on TV. They work until 9 p.m. at times.

    Alfonzo Ortiz thinks he’ll be able to handle that at 69. ... He’s too old already.

  • Covering government can feel like a perpetual merry go round. And when it comes to the Mora school district, we’re getting awfully dizzy.

    The district has suffered much embarrassment this year. First, the Optic revealed that the schools spent thousands on leather jackets, beef jerky and other refreshments and meals for our area state lawmakers. Then after that, the state auditor revealed that the district improperly diverted tens of thousands in federal and other funds into a discretionary account, which turned out to be a slush fund for top school officials.

  • I was shocked to read in the Optic that Richard Grogan, CEO of Alta Vista Regional Hospital, told our county commissioners that someone from the Optic planned the pro-workers-rights rally. How absurd!

  • The Historic Plaza Hotel would like to thank all the local businesses who donated their time and money to purchase and decorate a Christmas tree for the Festival of Trees that was held in the Ilfeld Ballroom Lobby: Community First Bank, Alco Store, NMHU Housing, NMHU Alumni, NMHU Athletics, Wells Fargo Bank, Noontime Kiwanis, Sunrise Kiwanis, State Employees Credit Union, The Plaza Wine & Gifts, Las Vegas Arts Council, Bank of Las Vegas, KFUN radio, and Floyd’s Rental.

  • I’d like to follow through on a letter that I wrote in August but never mailed to you. But after watching one of our young lady players get hurt, I felt I had to say something. Because of the city’s neglect and misuses of our tax money, our children and grandchildren are put in danger every soccer season.

    I guess there must not be any children or grandchildren belonging to our City Council members who play soccer. Our soccer fields would not be in such sad shape if there were. Particularly, Richard “Pancho” Padilla’s soccer field.

  • If Richard Grogan, CEO of Alta Vista Regional Hospital, is as well-informed about the trust that his employees place in him as he is about the pro-union rally that took place at the end of October, we can discount much of what he said before the County Commission, as reported in the Optic on Dec. 11.

    Grogan stated that the rally was coordinated by David Giuliani, managing editor of the Optic. He claimed that Giuliani incorrectly represented the rally as a community event.

  • The fire department is waiting too long. I watched as sirens roared for 22 minutes before the engine moved to the fire hydrant.  The windows weren’t broken for over 32 minutes allowing the smoke to be seen. They let it burn hotter!

    My fire department is expected to drive a truck with a water tank on it and run over grass to park closer to the fire and break windows while putting the hose to the fire. This would cut down on the fire damage to our area, making investigations easier.  

    Amongst all of the issues.  

  • Las Vegas Special Olympics would first like to thank all the businesses that send donations to our annual contribution letters. Without these donations, LVSO would not be able to operate.

  • It’s really amazing how political power works. We have good cops, bad cops and corrupted cops. We have good cops who have respect and good relations with the public and do a good job. Then we have bad cops who abuse their powers; they think just because they have a badge and a gun they can do whatever they want and abuse the public. Then we have corrupted cops; these cops have a wicked mind. They steal and/or embezzle whatever they think they can get away with.

  • The family of Glenda Fernandez are asking for any type of donation you are able to provide to assist Glenda with medical expenses. Glenda was a victim of a DWI car accident and sustained severe injuries, she will need extensive medical treatment.

    Any donation will be greatly appreciated.

    Please call me at 505-617-0209 or by mail to P.O. Box 622, Las Vegas, NM 87701.

    Thank you very much for your assistance.

    Desiree Garza

    Las Vegas

     

  • When you think of the Las Vegas City Schools and West Las Vegas Schools, you also need to keep in mind a little known local agency of the New Mexico Public Education Department, the Northeast Regional Education Cooperative.

    The cooperative was established in 1984 and is housed at the Teacher Education Building on the New Mexico Highlands Campus.  It is one of nine in the state — the others are located in Gallina, Raton, Albuquerque, Clovis,  Hobbs, Artesia, Ruidoso, and Truth or Consequences.  

  • I guess Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons’ true colors are coming to their true light. In spite of absolutely no public support, and no support from the governor’s office, the attorney general’s office and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish or its commission, Commissioner Lyons will shove the proposed land trades down our throats and negate all of the opposition to this travesty and move forward with his proposed deal with his friends.

  • Thumbs DOWN for ... STILL PENDING. Once again, a habitually divided Las Vegas City Council has rejected the Charter Commission’s recommendation to establish a runoff process for municipal elections. This time, it was a new idea — to allow the council to decide with each election whether to go with instant runoffs or a separate, second election between the top two vote-getters — that derailed the recommendation.