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Opinion

  • Over the years, the San Miguel County government has shown that it is forward-looking with its projects. For instance, a planned crusher operation is expected to cut the costs of maintaining roads. And a proposed transfer station with a railroad spur is expected to make the county’s solid waste operations more efficient.

    In the last few years, the county has completed a new courthouse and a public health office. This is real progress.

    Now, the county is planning a pedestrian-bicyclist path along Cinder Road. We wholeheartedly endorse this project.

  • I read the Optic headlines wanting the new dorm at New Mexico Highlands University named after Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas. I applaud the regents for not wanting to name the dorm for a living person. There is one building or wing already.

    If you are going to name a building, name it for person who has passed on. Preferably an educator who was from the community and is remembered by many.

    My nomination would be Silas Lopez, NMHU alumnus, teacher, principal, superintendent. He served the community of Las Vegas for many years.

    Benito Duran

  • Government should aim for fully open bidding processes. And the public should have a reasonable idea what it’s bidding on.

    The city of Las Vegas fell short of these standards with a grazing lease on its reservoir property in the Gallinas area last year.

  • Twenty-some-odd years ago, I received a check from General Motors that was large enough to pay off my heavily mortgaged Corrales home, buy my first Montezuma residence, purchase (ironically) a lovely new Mercedes Benz and retire a major divorce settlement debt due an ex-wife.

    The money was part of a consulting fee to me and several partners who had been providing top-level strategic and tactical operating advice to the GM CEO and his well-suited team of white, male, Ann Arbor and Lansing engineers and accountants.

  • UP thumb ... SERVICE TO VETS. San Miguel County is purchasing a van to transport veterans to medical appointments, though long-term funding is still an issue. The state Department of Veterans Services has provided the funds to buy the van, but money is still needed to pay for its ongoing operation.

  • I have been boycotting Alta Vista Regional Hospital and will continue to do so until they recognize and negotiate with their legally formed union. I know others in our community are doing the same thing. Our community has lost thousands of dollars of health care monies because of CHS’s illegal position.

    Pamela G. Daves

    Las Vegas

  • Except for the administration of the City of Las Vegas, which farms out its advertisements to the Journal North, bypassing the Tri-Weekly Optic, lots of people feel good about shopping locally and keeping the money in circulation.

    I’ve tried to abide by that policy. A couple of times last week I was favorably impressed with local service — and remember, this comes from a man who believes it’s courteous to say “please” and “thank you” and to go way beyond our job description.

    Let me explain:

  • Last week, the Highlands University Board of Regents heard a number of requests for naming buildings and other infrastructure after local notables.

    Fortunately, the Board of Regents didn’t take any action on the issue. Regent Jesus Lopez asked that the university draft a policy on how to handle such requests. He suggested that the university not name any structures after living people.

  • Does it have no end? Now Mayor Tony has placed a paid notice in the Albuquerque Journal regarding his new water committee. We can just skip over the facts that another committee is redundant; the members he has listed have not all agreed to serve, etc. What is completely absurd about this situation is that he has deemed the Optic insufficient for his advertising needs. 

  • There are few things more powerful in life than peer pressure. At varying levels, we are all conformists. And that’s often a good thing. For instance, nearly everyone obeys traffic lights and wears clothes.

    However, peer pressure can be a destructive force. And that was clearly the case during the Robertson High School football camp near Las Vegas last August.

  • On behalf of the San Miguel County Senior Centers (Las Vegas, San Miguel and Pecos), I would like to extend our sincere gratitude for Community 1st Bank’s kindness in paying for the senior lunches at our centers.

    As you are aware, our declining economy has hit everyone hard especially our seniors, and this thoughtfulness has helped.

    Thank you again, and we would like to welcome you to have lunch at one of our centers.

    Theresa Lopez

    Albuquerque

  • When it comes to this newspaper, Mayor Tony Marquez is mad and has taken his marbles home. The result: He’s keeping much of the public out of the loop when it comes to city business.

    Indeed, the mayor hasn’t returned any of my e-mails since 8:33 a.m. March 3, in which he responded to a question about a proposal to narrow Grand Avenue.

  • As someone who has been in the health field for over 35 years, I want to applaud all the doctors who signed the petition calling on Alta Vista Hospital to recognize its workers’ attempt to unionize. The doctors, the community and the workers all want Alta Vista to sit down at the bargain table to solve this vital need. Now is the time.

    Percyne Gardener

    Las Vegas

     

  • The federal government is making available billions of dollars for states and cities across the county, hoping to spur the economy with infrastructure projects.

    There’s nothing a politician likes more than to get a huge infusion of money with which to play. And President Obama knows this. That’s why he warned local and state officials to spend the money wisely, and he promised to expose any wasteful spending.

  • On behalf of the local chapter of the American Red Cross I would like to thank the community for their support at our recent fundraiser. We  thank the State Employees Credit Union for allowing us the use of their facility for the fundraiser as well as all the individuals who helped the volunteers by providing baked goods for us to sell. A big thank you to our volunteers who all brought goodies to sell and volunteered their time at the sale. All of the processes from the sale go to provide direct assistance to those in need.

  • Repeal of the death penalty in New Mexico marks an extraordinarily significant development in our society, on a level with extending the vote to women, abolishing legal racial segregation, or even abolishing slavery. In his speech at signing, the governor noted many strong reasons to make this change; it is not a deterrent, it’s racially and economically unfair, and the U.S. is alone among developed nations in judicial execution. But he said the strongest factor is the danger of getting it wrong and executing an innocent person.

  • UP thumb ... SUNNY DAYS AHEAD. Colorado-based Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association announced this week that it is planning a 500,000-panel solar photovoltaic power plant in the plains between Springer and Cimarron. Tri-State has entered into an agreement with the Tempe, Ariz.-based First Solar Inc. to develop the plant, which is expected to produce enough electricity for about 9,000 homes.

  • There is hope for all those citizens of Las Vegas that voted last March for “change.”

    Councilman Andrew Feldman brought forth a motion to authorize a City Charter Commission, to revise the original City Charter approved in 1970 uniting East and West Las Vegas. The governing body approved the motion and seven representatives of the city have been named.

    It is difficult to imagine that our leaders through the years did not recognize the need to keep this critical document current and “living.”

  • It’s time for another round of whimsical titles of movies, TV programs and books. The rules are simple: React to the clue and make a minor change in the title. Most of the works have only a single letter altered, but the correct answer may also depend on a rhyme.

    For example: In this movie, Arnold Schwarzenegger works as a remorseless, opinionated and efficient hairdresser. Answer: The Permanator (The Terminator).

    Ready?

    1. Denzel Washington creates a team at Wiley College that is so good, he’ll give you a full refund if you’re not satisfied.

  • Recently I needed to go to Alta Vista Regional Hospital for health reasons. While there, I experienced just how much the employees of the hospital deserve our praise and support for their work and dedication. Everyone in the Las Vegas/San Miguel community needs and deserves this degree of care and proper medical services. Their diligence, however, is thwarted by the hospital’s corporate owner, Community Health Systems of Tennessee.