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Opinion

  • Regarding the online Reader Comments under editorial Thumbs in the July 24 edition of the Optic, one of the statements was totally false. Mr. [Alexander] Milliken has made three separate purchases in the Ojitos Frios area in the past nine years. One was brokered by Margo Cutler Real Estate on was brokered by Michael Gregory Real Estate and the third was a private sale. Home and Land professionals LLC and Barbara Feldman have not had a role in any of the transaction involving Mr. Milliken.

  • As a lesson in semantics, I once quizzed my advanced students at Cuba High School, decades ago, on all the synonyms one can find for whatever right-minded people think of as objectionable.

    What about the word “drunk”? How many words did my honors students conjure up for the condition indicating one is “three sheets to the wind”? But by using even that expression, well, that shows how my heritage antedated Columbus.

  • We need to revolutionize New Mexico into taking more responsibility for the condition of our environment, create jobs and create energy independence for America. Green Energy Housing wants to urge our community to support Repower America in their efforts to build jobs, create energy independence and reduce environmental pollution.

    Green Energy Housing LLC has been planning with the town of Taos projects that will create jobs, reduce carbon emissions, increase alternative energy to the electric grid and build homes and businesses that are green and energy efficient.

  • What will it take to bring Las Vegas’ waste management into the 21st century?

  • 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.