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Opinion

  • Can you imagine having a job that wherever you go, someone is unhappy that you’re there?

    That would largely define the job of a police. officer. You stop someone for speeding, that person is mad. “Why don’t you go after the real criminals?” the speeder asks.

    Truth be told, officers often catch the bad guys at seemingly routine traffic stops.

    When an officer responds to a domestic violence call, you can be sure someone is upset about his arrival. And trying to bring peace is like bringing the Israelis and Palestinians together.

  • I recently retired as the WLVMS principal after 32 years in education.   Throughout my career, I have found that it takes a community to raise a child.  I would like to thank the many individuals and businesses in Las Vegas for helping me make a difference as a teacher and as an administrator.

  • The Optic gave it a thumbs down (but) I like using the intersection of Grand and University. No, I am not kidding. For years we had traffic lights and it was the worst intersection in town. I had many near misses there because someone was running the light or simply wasn’t paying attention. Since it’s become a four-way stop, I like using it because it is an experience in human interaction. Everybody is on guard. Everybody pays attention to their surroundings and their place in line. I have yet to see someone being rude or pushy.

  • Every summer the noise from Harleys and loud cars gets worse. It’s too noisy here! It’s noise pollution gone wacko!

    Warm weather used to be birdies singing and flowers blooming. Now it’s an unrelenting onslaught of nerve-wracking explosive noise. I’ve come to dread the nice weather because I know what’s coming.

  • I would like all those people who use the e-mail for their trash communication to know I am sending my Quarantine Summaries to the Albuquerque FBI office. The Bureau investigates each e-mail sender on that list. So those of you who think their jokes and trash communication are funny, you can expect a knock on your door from an FBI agent.

  • thumb UP for ... THE FIESTAS. Maybe the rain didn’t always cooperate, and perhaps there were controversial moments, but it was still another fun and successful Fiestas de Las Vegas, with plenty of good music and dance and fun for young and old alike.

    Congratulations, Fiesta Council, on another job well done.

  • In a recent letter to the editor, Kathleen Dudley from Ocate cited Farmington as an area devastated by the oil and gas industry. She speculates that Farmington was “most likely” a farming area which is now “vastly industrialized with... (no) sound of roosters crowing, or sight of a herd of sheep, or acequias open, flooding fields of alfalfa.”

    I am puzzled and can only conclude that we see what we want to see. The last time I was in Farmington, I saw all the above (though I didn’t hear a rooster crow).

  • I picked up your July 6-7 issue of the Optic and was upset by the use of the word “jihad” in (David Giuliani’s column) “It’s hard to say no to a boss.”

    In recent years the media has used the term jihad to push anti-Islamic sentiment. When used in the context printed in the article, it undermines the progress being made by Muslims, to mend the differences of between the various faiths.

  • The SynergyFest committee wishes to thank the many businesses, organizations and individuals who helped to make this year’s fest a success. The fest drew over 500 attendees who talked with our exhibitors, attended workshops, and listened to music. The Sunshine Kids Village, sponsored by Amigos de Rio Gallinas School offered children’s games, crafts and other activities.

  • Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero faces a misdemeanor charge of failure to report child abuse or neglect to law enforcement authorities, as do Athletic Director Mike Yara, former football coach Ray Woods and two former assistant coaches.

    The district attorney’s office alleges that these men failed to notify authorities about allegations that football players sodomized their teammates with broomsticks during a football camp last year.

  • In another matter pending before the district, we don’t think high school teacher and coach Jay Quintana should be allowed back into the classroom — not as long as there are legal questions pending about his behavior with students. So far, no criminal charges have been filed against Quintana, but an outstanding tort claim alleges that he had sex, repeatedly and over several years, with a student.

    As long as such a serious issue remains unresolved, parents would be understandably outraged if he were allowed back into the classroom with their children.

  • During the Punic Wars, my high school girlfriend and I went steady by telephone. A house full of teenagers placed demands on our phone, so my slot had to be early in the evening, lest I interfere with my three sisters’ more important calls.

    One time, after having been on the line for an ungodly amount of time — six minutes — I mentioned something in Mad Magazine.

  • At the behest of a small group of concerned citizens (including the publisher of this newspaper), a Highlands University class took on a divisive local issue, conducted a survey, and produced evidence that, well, maybe the issue isn’t as divisive as one might think.

    In doing so, the professor and her class may just have given Las Vegas what it needs to honestly confront the issue.

  • It has been nearly six months since Jan. 15, since our son Mikey has been gone. His dreams were shattered when his young life came to an abrupt end and our hearts were broken, but today we remember how strong our faith in God is and in his promises to us, and we know that Michael is in Heaven and that he is watching over all of us, his friends and relatives, and his fellow residents of Las Vegas, for he was a “Vegas boy.”

  • Please tell the readership of the Optic that shopping at home saves the consumer dollars and keeps local businesses in business.

    We are currently building a home near Sapello and needed more building supplies. I received quotes from local suppliers and those in Santa Fe. A Las Vegas supplier came in lower. Is there any doubt where we will shop? Time, gas and dollars saved staying at home.

    Having been a merchant in a small town located near a city, I know the value of shopping locally and supporting the local merchants.

    Linda Anderle

    Sapello

  • If people want to get issues before the Las Vegas City Council, they have to meet a city deadline for their requests —  5 p.m. the Monday the week before a council meeting.

    That doesn’t always happen. As a result, the no-exceptions policy sometimes results in, well, exceptions. And that creates some confusion at times.

    Councilman Morris Madrid has a solution: The city manager should enforce the deadline for everyone, including the mayor and City Council.

  • Question:  Do we want Mora to remain “agricultural” with our scarce precious water protected or “industrial” with water gone or polluted?

    We are now on the brink of a disastrous takeover by Corporate America reminiscent of the land grant takeovers of old.  

    Some recent examples of happenings elsewhere:

  • Thumb DOWN for ... ANOTHER HORRIFYING TRAGEDY. Heartfelt sympathy left Las Vegas for Santa Fe this week in the aftermath of a tragedy that we’re all too familiar with. Last weekend, three teenage girls and one teenage boy were killed in a collision with a suspected drunken driver who was reportedly going the wrong way on the Old Las Vegas Highway just outside Santa Fe. The suspect survived, as did the girl who was driving the car that was hit.

  • The Optic’s profile on Nash Lucero (June 26 edition) was magnificent. (Great writing by Lupita P. Gonzales). Nash has been my friend and mentor all my life. He is an artisan and craftsman of the old school and of the highest order, who values honor and a true work ethic in all he does. I wish I possessed just half his intellect and wisdom.

    For those of you new to Las Vegas, please read the story. You will then know why this is such a special place. It’s the people, and Nash Lucero is the best example of the “stuff” we’re made of here.

  • In response to “Cop abused woman” published May 20, I am not surprised to read that Martin Salazar (alleged) acted in such an unprofessional manner. My son and husband have endured harassment (too).