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Opinion

  • 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.

  • 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.