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Opinion

  • Much to my surprise and yeah, even annoyance, I’ve come across many people who, no matter what, cannot be coerced into optimism.

    I’ve met scores of them, possibly because that trait used to be mine as well. These are the people determined to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, who become obsessed with seeing the down side of things and who refuse to enjoy the present because, sadly, it’ll end some time.

  • During the recent forum on whether to unite the two local school districts, one woman claimed that those who took the opposite opinion from her didn’t have the best interests of the children at heart.

    Can’t folks disagree on district consolidation without accusing the other side of having the worst of intentions? Do we have to demonize differences of opinion?

    In this instance, I’m sure most of the people on both sides of the issue really believe that they are putting the children’s interests first.

  • The election of Matt Sandoval as chief judge of the Fourth Judicial District is not only disturbing, but I believe it sends a toxic and unfair message to young girls and women. It is a distressing message ripe with gender bias and sexist overtones.

  • Recently I took my son to the Leroy Garcia Health Center for his pre-school immunizations. From the time we entered the door of the building we were treated with respect and courtesy by a competent, friendly staff. The receptionist was efficient and put myself and my son at ease immediately. We waited a short time for a nurse to take us to the back. She was very pleasant and interacted well with my son. He had been very apprehensive about getting shots, but by the time she was done visiting with him he was calming down.

  • I would like to commend newly elected San Miguel County Commissioner Nicolas T. Leger as well as the road crew for their attention to County Road 56A in eastern San Miguel County.

    The work the road on CR 56A is exceptional and will help provide the residents of this area to travel with more ease, especially during inclement weather as these roads become virtually impassable.

    Job well done and thank you!

    J.D Maes, Jr.

    Trementina

  • LeeEtte Quintana, the associate superintendent for the Las Vegas City Schools, crossed the line recently when she circulated a petition in favor of her husband, Jay Quintana, a Robertson High School teacher.

    Earlier this year, Jay Quintana was placed on paid leave after allegations surfaced that he had sex numerous times with a student. The district referred the matter to the police but also conducted  an internal investigation.

  • The city was right to enter Stage 2 restrictions last month. It meant that residents will get to water their lawns only once a week, instead of twice.

    The city’s reservoirs have plunged to around 70 of capacity. Meanwhile, the city has been pumping 500,000 gallons nearly every day at Taylor Wells southwest of town.

    We had plentiful precipitation earlier in the summer, but it’s become drier as of late. And we don’t expect great amounts of precipitation in September and October.

  • I want to start a support group for medical cannabis patients in Las Vegas. The state Health Department has told me that it is prohibited from helping me contact registered patients because of “privacy” concerns. It was the department that suggested I post a notice in the newspaper. I have been on the medical cannabis program here since 2007, and I still have not met even one other patient. New Mexico is one of only three states that allow growing and distributing (selling) pot for medical use. It is difficult and dangerous to try to buy marijuana on the black market.

  • I would like to commend the Las Vegas Fire Department, particularly staff members Lt. Samuel Lujan, Engineer Louie Mares and firefighter Rodney Sauter, for their recent outstanding and noteworthy service to our community.

    At the Public Safety Committee meeting on Monday, Aug. 10, these three firefighters received the Phoenix Award, an honorary award that recognizes the individual for the significant service of successfully resuscitating a patient from respiratory or cardiac arrest.

  • Thumb DOWN for ... AN UNFORTUNATE TREND. It isn’t good news when a local school district has to report that it has recorded a decline in enrollment. The Las Vegas City Schools reported yet another such drop recently, announcing it was down 122 students compared to the beginning of school a year ago.

  • Politicians are for open government until they’re against it. The latest ones to prove this truism are Gary Gold and Christine Ludi, members of the West Las Vegas school board.

    Recently, David Romero, the board’s newest member, proposed that the board start recording its meetings, a practice that inexplicably stopped a few years ago.

  • Before the days of heightened airport security, I was at the terminal at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport and noticed a man struggling with two huge suitcases. This was before luggage grew wheels. I  offered to help.

    Because of matters of balance — two trunks are easier to carry than one — the elderly man declined. As he rested, he pulled out a pocket watch unlike anything I’d seen before. It featured a thread-thin antenna for a radio; it announced the time; it had a 24-hour alarm, an adding machine, a ruler, level, altimeter and thermometer.

  • I was shocked, but not surprised, when I heard that there was a gay float in the most recent parade. Later, I was surprised, but not shocked, to read that the Las Vegas Optic reported on the event supporting and only representing one side.

  • It’s called “The Big Lie.” Hitler coined the term. Hitler believed that we, the people, actually are more vulnerable to colossal, outrageous lies than we are to small and relatively trivial falsehoods. He reasoned that the vast majority of us tend to tell the small and niggling little lies of the “that dress looks great on you” variety on a regular basis. Consequently,  petty falsehoods are within our experience and we are on the lookout for them.

  • As stated in this space last Monday, the Optic is in the business of conversations. And in that regard, we’re proud to have played a role in facilitating an open discussion last Tuesday regarding the possible consolidation of Las Vegas’ two school districts. Opinions were fairly evenly mixed between those who favor, those who oppose and those who simply had questions — and the varying viewpoints produced a healthy and vibrant discussion.

  • The second annual chile contest at this year’s Mora-San Miguel County Fair was a successful event. Over 200 people came out to participate in the judging in the different types of homemade chile. The contestants cooked both red and green chile. This year’s first place award went to Amy Chavez, second place Lydia Benavidez, and third place winner Juan Ortiz. The people’s choice award went to Manuel Benavidez.

  • In the spring of 2006, a woman told me at a local restaurant about a West Las Vegas schools-sponsored party that cost thousands of dollars. It was invitation only. No kids allowed.

    The kicker: It was paid for with taxpayer funds, she said.

    That sounded interesting, but unbelievable. I had a lot of stories on my plate at the time, so I didn’t put any time into pursuing this lead.

    But one by one, five more people called me up to tell me about the party.

  • As a citizen of the United States of America and as a God (Judeo/Christian God) fearing person, I was surprised and outraged to read an article on ABC News Jake Trapper and Karen Travers report dated Aug. 19, that in a conference call with liberal and progressive religious leaders President Obama railed against those who were “bearing false witness” in the debate over health care reform.

  • The recent article “Get both sides out there” characterized the Rainbow Club gay float as irrelevant and nonsense. The author opined that the Optic’s reporting of the event was “tragic” on the basis of certain Biblical passages that allegedly brand all homosexuality an “abomination.” He equated homosexuality to rape, incest, bestiality, and necrophilia. He challenged a public debate on homosexuality — the specific area was left open-ended.

  • To councilor Diane Moore: Thank you for looking out for the interests of Las Vegas’ taxpayers.

    We are too easy. Taxpayers get hit by federal, state, county, city, etc., for the little money available in Las Vegas and its surroundings, and no one seems to care.

    I was glad to see you stand up for the taxpayer in denying yet another big hire. Perhaps the customer service manager hire can be rescinded, also. As you are aware, I argue that our elected council persons are our customer service manager, that is the reason they are elected.