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Opinion

  • 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.

  • I would like to repeat something written and published in the March 6 weekend paper.

    “Way to go, Pete!” the only difference is that I’m saying it with respect and gratitude, rather than angry sarcasm, toward our Sen. Pete Compos.

  • The Las Vegas/San Miguel Chamber of Commerce and its Board of Directors would like to thank Wid Slick for his hard work and dedication during his term as a board member.

    We wish you good luck and success in the future.

    Diana Ortiz

    of behalf of the

     LV/SM Chamber of Commerce

    and Board of Directors

  • I was recently home on leave from Iraq and I must say it is always wonderful to come home to Las Vegas. I always feel so welcome everywhere I go while I am home.

    I would like to take the time to thank the people that have helped me out by sending me stuff and done other things to support me: Aggie Santillanes from Memorial Middle School, Steve Lucero from Highlands Wrecker Services, the wonderful ladies from Las Vegas Conoco on Seventh Street.  

  • At a recent meeting of the Luna Community College Board of Trustees, one of its members, Abelino Montoya, insisted that the public still trusts the school’s leadership. That was apparently in response to the recent drubbing of Luna’s recent tax-hike proposal at the polls — only about one in 10 voters in Las Vegas supported it.

  • Northeastern New Mexico’s future depends on our ingenuity, collaboration and transparency. These characteristics combined with our collective education, experience and commitment to succeed will be the template for regional growth, development and preservation of our quality of life.  

  • It feels like spring in Mora County and the Chamber of Commerce together with the Department of Transportation and the County Commission are planning a big clean-up project. I understand that Highway 518 is the target area.

    Volunteers are needed, so if you are available and interested please contact someone at the Chamber of Commerce. Their office is located at first National Bank in Mora. (This bank is now called “Community Bank”)

  • UP thumb ... JUSTICE SERVED. Manny Aragon got what he deserved: He’ll be in federal prison for the next five and a half years. The longtime state Senate leader bilked taxpayers out of millions of dollars in a kickback scheme, and he had pleaded guilty to it.

  • Our class is doing a project on Fair Trade, and slavery in chocolate. We wanted to know if you knew about Fair Trade and their work on no slavery in chocolate. In our class we are very concerned about the children who have to work and not go to school just so they can have money for their families. Slavery in chocolate is bad because many children in Africa mostly spend their time at work.

  • I agree with part of what Greg Levenson wrote in his letter to the editor published March 6.  It would be wonderful if the Optic were able to provide more positive news and editorials about Las Vegas leaders and businesses.

  • I don’t watch much television but the other day I was literally waiting for paint to dry so I decided to check out the offerings on the Saturday afternoon tube. Now the programming hasn’t changed in over 30 years, so there were no surprises there, but I noticed something interesting in the ads. Many of these were portraying an America still engrossed in social oneupsmanship — get a bigger lawn tractor than your neighbors’, buy seven golf shirts so you have a different one for each day of the week, and so on.

  • Maybe it’s just I, but it seems as though the last two months have flown by! It’s already mid-March, and just yesterday was New Year’s Day, and I was pondering my resolutions — get organized, enjoy retirement, slow down a bit. Yeah, right.

    Hmm, maybe it’s because we’re now on Daylight Saving Time, or because even though there are still 24 hours in a day, the sun still is rising and setting , throwing us — or me, anyway — off kilter.

  • ‘Hayseed” and other put-down terms generally get showered on rural folk by us urbanites. We’ve looked at people from neighboring towns as rustics, while we, in the big city of Las Vegas, are urban sophisticates.

    Basketball teams arriving from any of the small schools that once dotted northern New Mexico in the ‘50s had funny ways of handling the ball, or cheering. Our teams, on the other hand, the epitome of sauvity, knew all the LeBron James moves, even before LeBron was conceived (of).

  • The dismissal of two employees at the state hospital, essentially for inappropriate behavior at work, illustrates a point that too many people forget: the e-mail account you use at work doesn’t belong to you.

  • It’s an old story, but with a new twist. In 2007, nearly two-thirds of the employees at Alta Vista Regional Hospital voted to unionize, with District 1199 of the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees representing their interests at the bargaining table. But Alta Vista’s parent company, Community Health Systems, has refused to sit down with the union, and raised legal objections at every turn in an attempt to usurp the election results.

  • Last week, members of the Luna Community College Board of Trustees expressed their displeasure with the decline in student enrollment, which plunged 7.3 percent within a year’s time.

    But if you look at the last few years, the number has been going up and down.

    When the number drops, that means less dollars from the state. Northeastern New Mexico is lightly populated, so there will come a point where we shouldn’t expect Luna’s numbers to rise anymore.

  • Isn’t home where you hang your hat? We thought so, but politicos often seem to struggle with this question.

    Last week, we reported on Manuel Lucero, the treasurer for the campaign of Tony Valdez, who ran successfully for a seat on the Luna Community College Board of Trustees.

  • It is my belief that the Las Vegas City Council voted appropriately in their decision to not make Grand Avenue two lane for a five-block distance. Grand Avenue is an inter-city highway. It serves as a business loop through Las Vegas. It also serves as a route for emergency vehicles to traverse the city as well as to quickly exit to emergency situations on Interstate 25.

  • As a former member of the Las Vegas Community Water Board, I am thrilled that the city and the Storrie Project Water Users Association are ending their litigation.

    It is disappointing, to say the least, that the city lost $1 million in state funds which were intended for the project to pipe water to the Storrie users, due to city officials trying to change the original intent.

    I trust the city will actively pursue settlement with the Acequias Association, who in my opinion, have legitimate concerns regarding their share of water from the Gallinas River.

  • Anyone who pays attention to the Legislature has had this experience: Differing versions of a bill pass the House and Senate; the bills go to a conference committee; the bill that comes out is substantially different from the two that went in.

    What happened? Hard to tell.

    Why? Because New Mexico is among a handful of states that close conference committee meetings to the public.

    So what? Depends on whether you want government to conduct business in the open or behind closed doors.