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Opinion

  • There is a time to start putting the cart where it goes.

  • To what lengths will some people go to connect with their roots? And what means enable them to do so?

    These questions arise in the case of Florence Bordj and her mother, Therese Bonnafous Bordj, from France but now living in Tahiti. They flew to the states to be close to the haunts of their great-grand-uncle and grand-uncle, respectively, Msgr. Adrien Rabeyrolle, the pastor of Immaculate Conception church.

  • The Mora Federation of School Employees would like to extend congratulations to the winning candidates, Arthur Romero and Joseph Griego, to the Mora Independent School Board. We look forward to a prosperous working relationship.

    Pauline Duran

    Las Vegas

  • For many of my grandparents’ generation, the Biblical words, “Be fruitful and multiply,” were more of a command than a suggestion.

    Grandma and Grandpa Medina complied, delivering 16 children, of which my mother Marie was the oldest daughter. Six remain, most in their nineties, and most of the others lived into that decade as well. And a few of them procreated so efficiently that in the ‘50s it was fairly safe to tell people, “I’m related to half of Santa Fe. If it’s a Medina, there’s a good chance it’s a cousin.”

  • Eight to four, four to five, and the next request will be five to seven. Shortly, the city will again be paying for more dead wood. Enough is enough. What city councilors want is to eliminate the mayors vote. Why don’t they just say it.

  • I wish to thank the voters of our service area for participating in this election. The results provide the next step in our direction at Luna Community College. Regardless of the outcome, I will continue to do everything possible to provide the best educational environment possible for our students and staff.

    Pete Campos

    President, Luna Community College

  • Our mayor, Tony Marquez, continues to amuse and delight. Councilwoman Diane Moore is concerned about poor morale among city employees, and justifiably so. Mayor Tony immediately addresses her concerns. He points out that he voted against pay increases for top city employees in, get ready now, 2007.  Yep. That should reassure all those folks that are concerned today.  Feel better now?  We can all rest easy.

  • As might be expected, our two separate school districts in Las Vegas have similar approaches to supplementary educational programs, as depicted in the accompanying table.  These programs are in addition to the regular curriculum, and are largely dependent on grant money and special state funding.  

  • In an interview with Rick Casados, the man who received so much publicity when a law enforcement officer stopped him on his four-wheeler and charged him with DWI, he stated that first of all, he did not have eight DWIs as the media reported. He also feels his rights were violated since the media convicted him before he had a chance to a preliminary hearing.

  • There was much hope and enthusiasm after the March 2008 Las Vegas municipal election, but that has rapidly faded. This is largely due to the abuse of power by our mayor.

    City government is in worse shape today than it was a year ago and there does not seem to be relief in sight. Our mayor is micromanaging city government, violating provisions in the charter, and acting without the consent of the governing body. The result is continued division among the City Council and no progress in making Las Vegas better for all citizens.

  • Way to go, Pete. Another disappointing vote from you.

    Sen. Pete Campos has voted against Senate Bill 12, the Domestic Partnership Bill. He was quoted as saying the decision was difficult because he had “a genuine desire to have equal rights to share personal holdings and be able to make end-of-life decisions for loved ones and lifetime partners.” But then he said that the California court decision on same-sex marriage prompted him to vote against it.

  • I shall appreciate very much if you would add more persons to our “Thank You Note” for the Optic on the recent passing of our son Michael J. Esquibel:

  • We believe the primary responsible of any newspaper is to report the news to its readers. Beyond this, it is perhaps also to fairly conduct investigations in hopes of, as Anderson Cooper states, “Keeping them honest.” We respect the rights of the Optic to editorialize and express its opinions on any issue, however, we think it’s most unfair to not simultaneously provide space in you paper for an opinion opposing yours. Opposing views could be published on the same day in the interest of fairness to all involved.

  • I just returned from the largest-ever national conference of nonprofit Refuge Friends organizations.  Surrounded by more than 300 people who represented about 160 nonprofit Refuge Friends organizations that support national wildlife refuges, I came back home with a singular message: support for national wildlife refuges may be the most important thing we can do to ensure the conservation of wildlife for future generations. Our national wildlife refuge system is considered, “one of America’s best kept secrets.”

  • DOWN thumb ... OUT OF ORDER SIGNALIZATION. For more than a month, motorists have faced a four-way stop at the busy intersection of University and Grand. The reason? Someone ran into the control box for traffic lights, and the cost to repair it could be as high as $30,000. So the local Department of Transportation has converted the traffic lights to flashing lights and stop signs.

  • There’s a reason for the state Open Meetings Act — to require governing bodies to conduct public business openly. After all, the people have every right to see their government in action — we’re paying the bills.

    In recent months, however, the mayor and three Las Vegas City Council members have been privately communicating by e-mail. When a council quorum is discussing public business outside of an open meeting, that’s a violation of the Open Meetings Act.

  • The latest news about the case against Roberta Vigil, former bilingual program coordinator for the West Las Vegas School District, is that her husband, state Rep. Richard Vigil, took the Fifth when questioned by prosecutors working on the case. No great revelation there, since witnesses in a previous hearing testified that he was a party to the criminal activity she is accused of having committed.

  • My dad, who lived to be 94, might have been called a dandy in his younger days. We don’t use the term much nowadays, and for those too young to have heard it, it describes someone overly concerned with appearance.

    Today’s most proximate term might be “metrosexual,” although not all the connotations of the term apply to Dad. And in absolute fairness to him, I emphasize he worked hard to support his family of eight. But he still liked being dressed up.

  • Certainly I’m not the only one who gets frustrated with attorneys who insist on government secrecy at all costs.

    Last month, we ran a couple of stories on Isaac Apodaca, the deputy administrator at the state hospital.

    Employees at the state hospital were telling me that Apodaca was placed on administrative leave. But no one at the state Health Department, the agency that oversees the hospital, would confirm that was the case.

  • Recently, City Councilman Morris Madrid praised Jim Abreu, West Las Vegas’ superintendent, during a school board meeting. Madrid said he spoke to the board because he wanted to make sure there is continuity in the West district.

    That’s a valid concern. The recent school election resulted in a new member to the board, David G. Romero. Soon, the board will decide whether to renew Abreu’s contract. We hope it does.