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Opinion

  • 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.

  • On the recent scandal at the Mora schools, I’m wondering if someone can enlighten me.

    I took a course at U.W. with one of the best law instructors from the law school at the University of Wyoming. The instructor always said that the name of juvenile offenders cannot be revealed. It was a course on Juvenile Justice. So the laws regarding juveniles differ from state to state?

    If anyone questions the course I’ve taken such as the case with my courses at the police academy, feel free to check my transcripts.  

    Rosalie Regensberg

    Holman

  • UP thumb ... KEEPING IT OPEN. At one time, the Luna Community College Board of Trustees regularly held meetings behind closed doors. In fact, the board would open its doors for its monthly meeting and vote on a few items, then retreat into closed session, often for more than an hour. Members of the public and various employees were stuck outside while the big guys talked in secret.

  • I want to thank everyone who came out to vote during the LCC election. I especially want to thank my family and friends for their support.

    It is a pleasure and a privilege to be elected to such a prestigious position. I am looking forward to serving LCC and becoming a part of the Board of Trustees team. Teamwork is an essential component of all successful institutions. As a team, goals will be set and accomplished and as team we can ensure that LCC’s students will have a future filled with hope and promise.   

  • ... I know when I accept a new employment position I am required to have a short learning curve to learn the organization. Regardless, I am required to do my job right now!  I am chosen for a job based on my qualifications — I do not have a year of paid “learning curve” built in.

    I know that mission statements without the authority, training, planning and tools needed are no more than window dressing.

    I know that operating a company (city) without a president will result in stagnation and wasted time and money. An organization must have a leader.

  • Let us start thinking about how we are going to become debt free. Let’s start feeling good about accomplishing our goals. That is the psychology of economic prosperity. The more we are committed to our goal of economic prosperity — that’s what your going to get more of.

    If you doubt me, check it out with your friends and neighbors that are enjoying economic prosperity. If all we do is feel really bad because of all the debt we have — that’s what we are going to get more of.

  • A few of my classmates and friends would love to go into cosmetology. Luna Community College has a lot to offer for students willing to learn. But, they are unable to fulfill their dreams because of the hours the classes are taking place.

    A student must be there from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday with few breaks in between lessons. The program is not broken down into classes and students cannot attend this program part time.

  • Regarding last Friday’s letter about negative reporting:

    Our Las Vegas Optic does a fine job of finding and reporting the community news:  Issues of safety, community events, celebrations, expenditures and other public interests are all served. The newspaper serves as the public interest watchdog by being as factual as possible. Reporting all sides of a story sustains objectivity. These are all positive contributions.

  • On behalf of the honest voters of Las Vegas, I would like to congratulate Tommy Ortiz and Marsha Archuleta for a job well done. Working very hard and having sincere support does pay off even though the victory was in the hands of Tony “Vadez.”

    Tony who was appointed in the last term, had to work hard this time around or not. Could it have been the Luna Community College board members helped Tony only because he is the yes puppet (agreeing with board members’ decisions) to continue his term?