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Opinion

  • ... 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?

  • Last week, the voters had a clear message for Luna Community College: They’ve lost confidence in its leadership.

    Just 17 percent of voters — and less than 10 percent in Las Vegas itself — approved a tax increase that would have meant a $52 annual property tax hike for the owner of a $100,000 house. If the tax had passed, it would have paid for new buildings and capital improvements for Luna.

    That’s an undeniable thumping. So why did it happen?

  • We hope the national Republican Party is not so desperate as to actually follow the lead of radio talk show entertainer Rush Limbaugh. If they are, and if they do, they will turn into little more than a fringe party, and the Democrats will become the only party with any clout in Washington. And that would be a bad thing.

    Limbaugh’s diatribes are what’s wrong with the GOP, not what’s right. Creating a more moderate party, filled with patriots like John McCain, is still the better way to go.

  • There are a lot of ways to interpret last week’s Luna Community College elections, but one thing is clear: It certainly wasn’t a vote of confidence. The 83 percent voter opposition to Luna’s proposed tax increase drives that point home very well.

  • First and foremost I want to thank each and everyone who came out to vote during the election for Luna Community College Precinct 6 trustee. I need to especially thank those individuals who went out and campaigned for me.

  • In response to the idea of a fifth council member being suggested by Cruz Roybal and Morris Madrid, may I remind them that the council already has a fifth member, in the personage of his honor the mayor.  His job is to break those tie votes and he does represent the entire town.

    If a fifth council member slot is created, either as a councilor-at-large or as a representative of a fifth ward, the mayor’s position then becomes one of moderator.  

  • 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.