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Opinion

  • The Las Vegas City Schools district made a good decision in hiring Eddie King as principal of Robertson High School. He fills an important role.

    King’s selection was the result of a process that involved administrators, teachers, parents and students.

    He started as an English and Spanish teacher with Memorial Middle School in 1981 and moved on to a similar position at Robertson High School in 1998. He has been Robertson’s assistant principal since 2007.

  • It is not an anonymous “System Failure” which has put the health and safety of Ms. [Gordy] Thatcher and Las Vegas residents in jeopardy. It is plain and simple neglect by Adult Protective Services Division of the New Mexico Department of Health. As stated, Ms. Thatcher is a functionally disabled person, but she is also a client of APS. As such, APS has statutory and regulatory responsibilities for the protection of Ms. Thatcher’s health and safety.

  • I would like to thank our police officers for all that they do for us — but especially to the officer who patrols Wal-Mart and makes sure that the people who are truly handicapped have a parking spot close to the entrances. He has been a true blessing for us and I want to acknowledge him with appreciation for that. I see many young people who drive up and jump out of their cars or trucks clearly showing that they are not disabled in any way —that goes for some women too.

  • I’m writing to show support for the great job Alberta Ellis has done at the post office. On several occasions Ms. Ellis has gone above and beyond in taking care of mine and my family’s needs when problems arise. I can’t imagine how stressful and time-consuming the job can be, not to mention unglorified. She is the person behind the scenes doing her best to deliver to all the people of Las Vegas.

  • For nearly five months, the Las Vegas Optic has been a three-day-a-week newspaper. For our first 130 years, this paper was a daily.

    Because of the reduction, many people have mistakenly believed that we work only three days a week. We don’t — for a very simple reason: The news still happens all the time.

    When my superiors decided to reduce the Optic’s frequency, I was nervous. I figured that we would get many complaints from our readers and some cancellations of subscriptions.

  • This letter is to thank the following individuals and/or businesses for their recent contributions to our senior citizens centers:

    Our Lady of Sorrows and Rev. C. John Brasher , Daylight Donuts, Charlie’s Bakery & Café, Howard’s Sand & Gravel, the City of Las Vegas, Jesse Abel, Nick Coca, the Salvation Army — and Carmen Gress, and Love Your Neighbor.

    Your continued support of our senior services programs is greatly appreciated.

    Theresa Lopez

    Program Director

    Ser de N.M. Senior Citizens Center

  • I have received many phone calls and many individuals have come to my home asking about the 2010 election for mayor.

    I would like to make it perfectly clear that contrary to rumors, neither myself nor any of those whom I associate with are endorsing or seeking the re-election of current Mayor Tony Marquez Jr.

    We will register new voters, go door to door, distribute flyers, put up signs, pass out cards, network, do phone banks and family block vote coordination for that candidate whom we feel will address issues we bring to the table. We are tired of being ignored.

  • Earlier this week, the Optic reported on a problem  facing Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern New Mexico — a shortage of male “Bigs” in Las Vegas. Hopefully, some will step up to fill the void.

  • At the recent meeting in Mora concerning potential oil and gas development in Mora County, there was no question: The attending citizens spoke overwhelmingly against bringing this “dirty” industry into our pristine agricultural county. Of the 48 speakers, all but six strongly asked our commissioners to protect our water, our air, and our way of life against the industrialization that always accompanies oil and gas development. Many asked the commission to consider developing green industries rather than the polluting, outdated petroleum industry.

  • On behalf of the Las Vegas Children’s Dance Theater, a very humble mil gracias from the bottom of my heart to the following individuals and companies who underwrote our recent performance at Ilfeld Auditorium and thus made our trip to Jamaica a reality: Bank of Las Vegas, Community First Bank, Hayes Trucking, Semilla Natural Foods,  Southwest Traditions of Taos,  Sue Strebe Real Estate, Tome on the Range, Annette Garcia, Linda Halouska, Lawrence Johns CPA, Tekla Johnson, Lea and Dave Knutson, Carol and Peter Linder, Susan Livermore and Christopher Thomson, Diane Moore, and H

  • The Mora Fiestas are just around the corner and they are always celebrated on St. James and St. Ann’s Days. My grandfather was named James, as are a couple of my grandkids. It was the custom in Northern New Mexico for all the men to ride horseback on the 25th of July, which was St. James Day, and on the 26th, St. Ann’s Day, all the women would ride horseback.

  • Thumb DOWN for ... A REAL JOURNALIST GONE. Walter Cronkite, longtime CBS News anchorman and managing editor, died this week at age 92. His passing is nostalgic for those of us who remember when journalism was a highly regarded profession, one in which even superhero characters found refuge in the calling to report truth and expose injustice.

  • I found the Optic’s article on the Las Vegas school consolidations survey interesting. However, I thought I was somewhat biased, incomplete and misleading. My first impression was that most readers of the article would have a tendency to support the consolidation based on what was presented in the article. I arrived at the conclusion that various key factors were inadvertently omitted and it would be a travesty if people would support the consolidation without taking into account some of the concerns I’ve identified.

  • The public session to discuss gas drilling in Mora County turned out to be a walk down memory lane. I could hear echoes of statements made decades ago by representatives of the tobacco industry.

  • During Mora County’s public hearing on oil and gas drilling, everyone agreed on one thing: Mora County is one of the most beautiful places in the world. And, indeed, the view is incredible.

    Many of the speakers at the hearing said they didn’t want anything that would spoil the scenery, and in their minds, oil and gas drilling would do just that. They also contended that the drilling would cause water and air pollution.

    To help their arguments, some ranchers came in from San Juan County to talk about the negative impacts of natural gas drilling there.

  • Every year there are two big events that make me miss Las Vegas: the electric light parade in the winter and the Fourth of July Fiestas.

    They are celebrations unrivaled anywhere else in the country.

    This year I missed the fiestas a bit more because I noticed through Facebook that quite a few of my high school friends were going to be making a pilgrimage back to Vegas.

    I also missed a spectacle: a rainbow decorated float with George Michael music and people dancing.

  • LISBON, PORTUGAL — Bom Dia! That’s how each day began once I arrived in Europe — Portugal, to be exact. No snags, wonderful people, the ideal vacation and the realization of an almost-lifetime dream.Who could ask for more?

  • District Attorney Richard Flores has cleared Las Vegas police Officer Martin Salazar of any criminal wrongdoing in his handling of a suspect earlier this year. Earlier this summer, Flores sought a state police inquiry into jailers’ allegations that Salazar threatened a female arrestee with violence.

    We don’t know why the DA cleared Salazar or why prosecutors didn’t give credence to the jailers’ version of events. But Flores hasn’t shied away from prosecuting officials in the past. So it’s likely that he had good reasons for his decision.

  • First, my best friend got struck by lightning. The next day, my high-school buddy suffered a heart attack while boarding a bus. But the upside is that a man who works near me is now $7 million richer.

    Such would all be true if certain threats and promises really came true.

    But first some background:

    One of my teachers at Immaculate Conception School, Sister Ständige Angst, did a good job of convincing us of consequences. “If you fail to put others first, you will suffer,” she reminded us.

  • Often, I read stories in which someone reflects on his career or life and insists, “I have no regrets.”

    Really?

    Boy, some people must be perfect. Being an imperfect person, I have my share of regrets, especially after I read my stories in print.

    Recently, I wrote a column using the word “jihad” in referring to a battle at City Hall. A local police officer, Clarence Romero, wrote a letter to the editor, rightly chastising me for the use of that word, noting that it creates negative connotations about Muslims.