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Opinion

  • Question: Who said this?

    “Ratification of the Convention (against Torture) by the United States will clearly express United States’ opposition to torture, an abhorrent practice unfortunately still prevalent in the world today.

  • When a police officer does a bad thing, it shocks the public and rightfully so.

    Certain rights are guaranteed to our citizens through amendments to the Constitution and those rights should never be infringed upon by law enforcement officers acting under color of law.

  • I am absolutely disgusted by the actions, not only of the police officer involved in the recent story that ran in the paper about a woman being allegedly abused, but by the actions of police Chief Gary Gold and District Attorney Richard Flores. This officer, at the very least, should have been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation of the allegations, but instead the chief states that he is still on duty because it was a personnel matter?...

  • I used to live around Bernal, right at the foot of Starvation Peak. Cleofes Ortiz was my landlord, friend and neighbor. I lived there for several years in the ‘70s, had owned property in the area and was currently hoping to find a nice parcel to build a passive solar adobe. My wife and I looked at a few properties in the Blanchard area and would have bought a charming eight-acre site we like until we learned of the proposed wind farm in Rowe Mesa.

  • thumb UP for ... AN EXTENSIVE RESUME. Roberto Rios starts Monday as the new executive director for the Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corp. His resume in economic development and business goes back more than three decades, having held high-level positions in promoting development in both New Mexico and Arizona. He has quite an impressive resume, and we’re glad that he’s chosen Las Vegas as his next challenge.

  • COPENHAGEN, DENMARK — What exactly is an expiration date? Much after the fact, I pondered that question following a hassling by a usually-friendly staff of customs-passport inspectors at the airport in Copenhagen, Denmark.

    This is our third trip here. Our passports, acquired in June 1999, show proof of our visits to this area twice before, in 2006, 2008 and this year. The policy is for each visitor landing at Kastrup International to furnish proof of residency.

  • When we elected Obama we voted for change. Before he could take office, our economy collapsed, caused by the greed of bankers and corporations, their influence on policies, their tax havens abroad and their unashamed drive to enrich themselves at the expense of the well-being of the majority of us. Our voices had been silenced by the power of their wealth.

  • Last week in this space, we encouraged authorities to seek an independent investigation into allegations against Las Vegas police Officer Martin Salazar.

    Unbeknownst to us, District Attorney Richard Flores had already decided to do just that. We commend him for taking this step.

    Earlier this year, three jailers at the San Miguel County Detention Center reported that Salazar had threatened to hurt a woman he had taken into custody, 52-year-old Bernadette Varela. Other jailers filed reports indicating that Varela alleged she had been injured by Salazar.

  • So where is all the crime occurring in our community? I recently obtained a copy of a Police Department report that shows the number of reports for each of the city’s four wards.

    For 2008, Ward 3 topped all the others in the combined number of crime reports. Ward 3 consists of the city’s southeast quadrant, including the New Town historic district, the Railroad district, and Sixth, Seventh and Eighth streets. This ward had 981 reports last year, followed by Ward 4, the southwest quadrant, at 828.

  • On behalf of the Mora Chamber of Commerce, I would like to thank the many volunteers who assisted on April 25 for the Mora County Clean-up Day.

    The success would not have been possible had it not been for the hard work of those involved. Thank you to the 120-plus individuals who cleaned up the roadways, ditches, yards and arroyos. Special thanks to Russell’s, New Mexico Department of Transportation, Community First Bank, Bank of Mora, Mora County, Daniels Ranch, Herzog Environmental, Allsups and the Buena Vista Volunteer Fire Department.

    Orta Vez, Mil Gracias!

  • In response to “Proposed wind rules called ‘one sided’”: It is important to note the amendments to the San Miguel Ordinance is designed to protect all citizens of San Miguel County per the San Miguel Comprehensive Plan that states “rural lifestyle, small farms and large ranches, traditional historic villages, cultural heritage and extraordinarily scenic setting of San Miguel County should be celebrated, honored and preserved.”

  • We have a 17-year-old boy who ran away recently. He was picked up by your police department in Las Vegas, N.M. He wanted to come home, and the police department helped get him back to us safely. We are very grateful to all who helped in this and wish to thank someone. That was a very hard time waiting, but the way (you handled it) and the contact we had with Las Vegas PD was so helpful. Thank your city for this.

    Pat Harris

    West Monroe, La.

  • ‘GREEN AND GOLD’ TAKES ON NEW MEANING. The West Las Vegas High School environmental studies program is right on time. While the entire nation prepares to go greener, teacher Kirk Ludi is getting his students in on the action, by converting a 1970 Porsche into a battery-operated car, creating an electric bicycle and more. These are the kinds of projects that inventive young minds can really wrap themselves around — and they obviously are.

  • Recently I experienced being hospitalized for the first time in my life, as well as having surgery.

    This short note is to praise all the employees at Alta Vista Regional Hospital for their dedication and responsibility to providing good patient care in this community.

    The emergency room personnel was exceptional, and I was very impressed with the courteous and sincere performance of the whole staff. We are fortunate to have a group of very committed and compassionate employees at Alta Vista.

    Annette P. Clancy

    Las Vegas

  • I was interested in reading about the San Miguel County attorney’s defense of the Optic — and also slightly uncomfortable.

    Although, Mr. Jesus Lopez has every right to voice his support, he does after all, represent a branch of government that the Optic is expected to question with as much enthusiasm as they question any other authority.

    The best newspapers are diligent, unbiased, and serve no one but their readers, the general public — not always telling them what they want to hear, but what they need to know.

  • This letter is in regards to the Optic’s May 15 article, “Spending in Mora Questioned.” It is an absolute embarrassment and disgrace that Mora school employees tastelessly attempted to bribe legislators and board members. While some call the purchases gifts of appreciation, others call it a bribe when it’s purchased with public funds.  The crux of the embarrassment is that our state representatives accepted wrongfully purchased leather jackets, beef jerky and empanadas. It’s cheap.  

  • In Edward Albee’s play, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” George, the host at a late-night party, tells the guests about how faculty wives “gather at the downtown A&P like a bunch of geese.”

    The guest “corrects” George by saying the proper term is “a gangle of geese, not a bunch.” Well, the host, played by Richard Burton, points out that if the guest is “going to be cute and ornithological about it,” the correct term is “gaggle, not gangle.”

  • Earlier this week, state Republican Party chairman Harvey Yates called for the resignation of Rep. Richard Vigil, D-Ribera, the husband of Roberta Vigil. He said Vigil used his position as a state representative to “steer money to his wife, money that she ultimately misspent,” and betrayed the public trust in doing so.

  • Last week, a jury in Santa Fe delivered a guilty verdict for former West Las Vegas bilingual coordinator Roberta Vigil of fraud and conspiracy. The judge had previously thrown out the case against former West board member Ralph Garcia.

  • On behalf of the West Las Vegas Middle School, I would like to thank the community for making our second annual “Education Awareness Expo” held on March 23 such a success.