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Opinion

  • Today and almost everyday I see lawbreakers at work. In the streets especially.

    I consider myself a law-abiding citizen with good intentions for all.

    People do not drive the speed limit posted in this town. Many people drive 10 to 25 mph above the speed limit on Grand avenue and other roads.

    If we are to have peace and less rage and road killings, we the citizens must report these law breakers.

    Get the license plate numbers and descriptions of the vehicles. Call police.

    What happened to respect? Why do they do that? Where is the love?

  • The Fernandez, Quintana, Brito, Armijo and Valdez families would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all first responders and the staff of the Air Ambulance who were present the day our precious family member, Glenda Fernandez, was involved in a head-on crash in Sapello.

  • Friendly reminder from the sheriff

    We would like to wish all the citizens of San Miguel County and our visitors Happy Holidays. The San Miguel Sheriff’s Department will be enforcing all laws to ensure that everyone is safe.

    We would like to remind everyone not to drive if you plan to drink alcohol. Together we can make a difference in keeping our roads safe for everyone.

    Benjie Vigil

    San Miguel County Sheriff

     

  • After years of paying a flat fee for 2,000 gallons of water, whether we used 2,000 gallons or not, I have decided to pay for what we use.

    I believe in conservation and efficiency. I believe that my city should encourage conservation and efficiency.

    With the $5.82 saved, Betty Quick and I will go out on the town! We will go to the Travelers Café and treat ourselves to two small coffees and two oatmeal-raisin cookies.

    Happy Holidays.   

    Bob Wallace

    Las Vegas

  • Possibly due to strict upbringing, or maybe because of a year with Sister Immer Richtig at Immaculate Conception School, I’m accustomed to saying, and, especially, hearing, “That’s wrong.”

    Teachers are discouraged from using the “w” word, lest somebody’s ego gets crushed and Mommy and Daddy need to run interference for the brutalized child.     

    Let me explain:

  • The Las Vegas City Council will likely consider a proposed city charter at its meeting today. Then it would go to voters in the March 2 municipal election.

    The charter serves as the city’s constitution. The existing one has been in effect since the two Las Vegases joined nearly four decades ago.

    Under the proposed charter, the city would be considered a home-rule community. That means it would have more latitude to form the city government it desires, rather than following state-imposed restrictions.

  • San Miguel County Treasurer Alfonso Ortiz has now announced what many already suspected — he is running for Las Vegas mayor.

    In revealing his plans, Ortiz promised that he wouldn’t shake up the city administration. Rather, he plans to keep the city manager and other departmental directors.

  • Often, the government is criticized for not planning ahead, so we should give officials credit when they take the long view.

    San Miguel County doesn’t have any requests for oil and gas drilling permits pending. Nonetheless, county commissioners have expressed an interest in updating what little is on the books regarding oil and gas regulation.

  • The answer to abortion is simple: No unplanned pregnancies. Yes, it is that simple.

    How do we eliminate unplanned pregnancies? By providing comprehensive sex education in our schools and readily accessible and freely available birth-control to all. That’s the solution.

    So why is abortion such a tumultuous controversy? This obvious and simple solution would eliminate the need for the majority of abortions.

  • Every year about this time, we begin sifting through the year’s Optics to select the biggest local stories of the year. I’ve always enjoyed this year-end chore, but this time around we’re going to do it differently.

    This year, you get to be the judge.

    Today, on Page B7, you’ll find a master list, compiled by copy editor Art Trujillo, of the big local stories covered by the Optic in 2009. I ask that you go through this list and rank the top 10 stories of the year.

    The rules for participation are simple:

  • We’re glad to see Richard Grogan, CEO of Alta Vista Regional Hospital, present his side of the story involving the hospital’s relationship with the union that was voted in a couple years ago, but we’re sorry to see him fall into the trap of “blaming the messenger” for some of his troubles.

  • I am very concerned about the proposed state land office Whites Peak land exchange. Specifically, the integrity of the appraisal process needs to be looked at very closely and I would strongly recommend that the appraisals be verified by a second disinterested party.

    Also, I am told that land office commercial properties in the Sandia Science and Technology park and at Mesa del Sol in Albuquerque are being considered as part of this exchange. This is where the appraisals need to be very sound to protect the best interests of the trust.

  • Thumbs up ... TIMELY COMMUNICATION. Last week in this space we complained about the manner in which the East and West school districts announced their first snow day of the year. We urged a better approach so that parents, students and teachers would be able to know in a more timely fashion.

  • Recently, the city of Las Vegas mailed its annual report to residents. This is part of Mayor Tony Marquez’s promise to keep residents updated on the city’s activities.

    I’m all for the city’s reporting to residents. The 16-page glossy booklet appeared professional and did a good job informing the rest of us about the city’s accomplishments.

  • Andy Rooney’s segment on “60 Minutes” Sunday evening made a point that’s become increasingly obvious: Few people write letters the way they used to.

    Rooney drew the patent conclusion that with e-mail almost instantaneous and almost free, the Postal Service receives less revenue because fewer people mail that way.

  • Surely every local voter knows that, here in Las Vegas, a candidate doesn’t need a majority to win an election. All that’s needed is more votes than any other candidate running for the same position. Consequently, majority rule doesn’t apply to our mayoral and council races — and much if not most of the time, the winner doesn’t get a majority.

  • I am delighted to report to you that CROP Hunger Walk Las Vegas raised $9812.85 this year and we had 150 walkers.  This means that our two local hunger relief agencies — The Samaritan House and the Las Vegas Community Soup Kitchen — will each receive $1226.60 (one half of the 25 percent returned to Las Vegas for hunger relief efforts here).

  • In 2008, we reported that Pete Campos entered a five-year contract with the Luna Community College Board of Trustees. But we never actually saw the document.

    In November, I issued a public records request for the four-page contract. I received it last week. And I got a bit of a workout in the process.

  • Thumbs DOWN to ... POOR COMMUNICATION. The manner in which the East and West school districts announced Thursday’s school cancelations because of the snow was pathetic. At first, the announcement on the radio was that the schools were on a two-hour delay; then word that the entire school day was canceled got out about two hours later — even though it was clear around sunrise that a full snowday would need to be taken.

  • As we begin the holidays this season, we should all laugh a little, sing a little, as we go our way. Work a little, play a little, as we do this everyday!

    Give a little, take a little, never mind a frown. Make your smile a welcomed thing, all around the town!

    Laugh a little, love a little, skies are always blue! Every cloud has silver lining, but it’s up to you.

    Always remember this thought: The driver is safer when the roads are dry, the roads are safer when the driver is dry. Please be safe and don’t drink and drive.