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Opinion

  • 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.

  • On Feb. 12, The Optic published my letter to the editor regarding the unfairness of the federal tax code in taxing Married Joint Filers as opposed to Single Filers, especially in the taxing of Social Security benefits. I have been trying to get our congressional delegation to do something about this inequity for the last 15 years. Now that same-sex marriages and domestic partnerships are in the news, I had more of an argument to rectify the problem that punishes Married Joint Filers when taxing Social Security benefits.

  • Unfortunately, the Las Vegas city attorney is advising the City Council to keep secrets from the public. Appropriately, he tried to give such advice in secret. It didn’t quite work out the way he wanted.

  • So West Las Vegas Schools are short $81,000 for transportation. Wonder if the “powers that be” ever consider streamlining, or even consolidating administrative services with their mirror organization at Las Vegas City Schools? It wouldn’t affect the funding formula for students at either district and would free up hundreds of thousands of dollars for actual education, or even $81,000 budget shortfalls.

  • I am so glad that the city stopped “saving money” and hired a city manager. This young man from Santa Rosa grabbed the “bull by the horns” at his first City Council meeting.

    The issue was the roundabout on Lee Avenue. There were several solutions offered from the public and quotes about the wants of the neighborhood thrown about. First shot out of the box, our city manager calls for a public input meeting the following Monday evening.

    Eighteen citizens were in attendance and voted. Did you hear me? I said voted their wishes to the city manager.

  • Over the last year, the city has seen some improvements on its web site. And that probably has something to do with the fact that the Internet is second nature to Mayor Tony Marquez, who started last March. He insisted on a better site when he took over.

    That’s in sharp contrast to our last mayor, Henry Sanchez, who didn’t use computers at all. Not surprisingly, the city’s Internet site was a backwater during Sanchez’s reign.