Letters to the Editor - Aug 27, 2017

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Revisit LCC role

Unfortunately the colleges/universities in New Mexico have been suffering for several years as a result of the funding the state has not been able to provide.

That lack of funding only leads to layoffs and not filling positions that become vacant. Progress can never be achieved when one has to focus on where to cut rather than where to grow.

New Mexico has too many colleges competing with each other in the same communities. There are just not enough students available to fill the need of each college.

Community colleges are in many of the communities and in Las Vegas’ case you have Luna Community College that is competing with Highlands for the few students available.

Luna was established to fill the need for vocational training. That occurred because Highlands discontinued its vocational programs.

If Luna had continued with the vocational training, that would have been fine. The issue I see is that Luna has turned into a liberal arts college, competing directly with Highlands.

Highlands is very fortunate to have President (Sam) Minner on board. His experience is leading HU out of its accreditation issues and pointing the university to once again be a leader in education in the state.

Minner needs the community’s support. By that, I mean the community must grow as well. The students attending Highlands must have a community where they can spend their dollars and have fun — a community where the professors would want to live and be involved in community affairs.

It is just not right for professors to leave on Friday to Santa Fe where many live and spend their dollars. Back in my day, the professors were involved in all phases of the community. As a result, the schools were the best around. City government was always looking forward.

I urge the Las Vegas Chamber and the leaders of the City of Las Vegas to address the issues mentioned.

Patricia and Darwin Ludi
Chula Vista, Calif.

CASA Thanks

The staff and volunteers of the Fourth Judicial District Court Appointed Special Advocates program would like to thank Operation Homefront, in conjunction with our local Dollar Tree store, for inviting us to participate in their Back to School Brigade, for the second year in a row.

We would especially like to thank Dollar Tree’s manager Jessica Garcia and all the helpful sales associates at Dollar Tree. Most of all, we would like to thank every one of the Dollar Tree customers who donated school supplies to the children.

Your generosity resulted in the collection of nearly 900 items. As a result we were able to put together back packs, with a variety of school supplies, for 40 children.

CASA is a non-profit program that utilizes volunteers to advocate for children in foster care.

If you are interested in volunteering, or would like more information, please call 454-0223 any weekday morning; go to www.casafourthnm.org or come by our office at 18 Gallegos Road.

And again, to all of you opened your hearts to the foster children in our community, a great big Thank You! You have helped to get the school year off right for some very special children!

JoAnn LaFerriere and
Phyllis Martinez
Volunteer Coordinator and Executive Director,
New Mexico CASA,
Fourth Judicial District

A foundation

In theory, MLS is the foundation for human potential, and it stands for Manage, Lead and Supervise. MLS is a priority, a mindset, a simple approach to be more productive and efficient in organizations, divisions, departments or leading a group of people.

“Manage” is the focus and improvement of processes and procedures. Every organization has them, from government, non-profits to coaching and business. Processes and procedures are a necessity for compliance, operational needs, and continuous improvement.

“Lead” is the ability to influence others to meet specific needs, goals, and objectives. The important part of Lead is to influence with good intentions, and one must lead unselfishly with the interest of the organization, division, department or group at the forefront.

Finally, “Supervise” is all about people, their needs and wants, interpersonal relationships, motivations, and conflicts. Supervise is essentially people skills, and it is becoming more critical to the health of any organization.

As technology and the global economy continue to shape the workplace — leaders, managers, and supervisors should not only recognize the significance of MLS but always strive to improve their MLS abilities. The proper management of organizations through processes and procedures is a necessity; supervision of people is increasingly important, and good leadership is a must.

Vidal Martinez
San Miguel County Manager

No one cares?

Some 40 years ago, President Jimmy Carter spoke about the “moral malaise” which he felt was inflicting the nation — an astute observation and one which proved itself true through the years.

Earlier this month, for about a week, one side of a marquee for a downtown Las Vegas drinking and eating establishment read “S*** Happens.” (The asterisks are mine). Apparently, that is the name of a group booked to perform at said establishment.

Needless to say, I was offended, as others might have been. But when I called the City Manager’s office to ask if there was any code prohibiting such displays, I became outraged to learn that there was none and that I was the only one who had contacted this flouting of public decency.

Where are the ministers, pastors and priests of the city’s faith community? Where are the educators? Where are the parents? Where is the citizenry?

I’m disappointed in my hometown. But then, it could be that no one gives a ______.

Frank Torres

Mil Gracias

The recent Rough Rider Rally was fun for participants and, as events of that size go, pretty peaceful.
There was one minor dust-up between two bikers in the Plaza Hotel which was resolved before the police arrived. No injuries were reported in connection with the incident.

For what it’s worth, I’m a biker. I can’t tell you how many times a long country ride on two wheels has restored my sense of rightness with the world. I lead a relatively productive life and make the time to do volunteer work in the community.

That makes me much the same as ninety-nine percent of the bikers out there. We’re law-abiding members of the community. Your neighbors, maybe. We enjoy riding motorcycles, you may not. The difference pretty much ends there.

Yes, there is such a thing as an outlaw club, and there was a recent incident in Santa Fe between rival clubs that had law enforcement on high alert.

But it bears repeating that outlaw clubs are a very small element of the riding community, and the rally proved to be no more rowdy than any other Plaza event on a similar scale.

I’ve talked with Bridge Street business owners and managers about the rally. Allan Affeldt, owner of the Plaza Hotel, Byron T’s and the Castañeda Hotel, said that all the hotels in town were full during the event, and that the rally brings in a great deal of revenue to local hotels, restaurants and bars.

This is, I would guess, a particularly good thing for the many new businesses that have sprung up along Bridge Street in the last year or so. New businesses often struggle in the first months, and the financial boost from events like the Fiestas and the Rough RIder Motorcycle Rally is surely welcome to these entrepreneurs.

As a local biker, I love the rally. I like to eyeball the custom motorcycles, enjoy the music, hobnob with other motorcyclists.

As a city employee, I really appreciate the time and hard work that goes into the rally and similar events.
While the Rough Rider Rally isn’t organized by the City, the city does support it. There’s a lot of effort, by police as well as other city employees, that goes into ensuring that an event like this goes smoothly and that the Plaza stays a safe place for residents and visitors. And of course the rally organizers themselves invest a great deal of time and effort, beginning months prior, to make the event a success.

Las Vegas is a great place to ride, and it makes a good deal of sense to promote motorcycle tourism in our city. As one local businessman said, “The people who ride into town on $20,000 bikes bring money with them.” And there’s nothing wrong with that. Let’s keep it positive!

Lee Einer
City of Las Vegas
Public Information Officer