• Letters to the Editor, Sunday, March 17, 2019

    Tree support
    Thank you to the Optic for your recent article about the condition of our community forest. I would like to add some clarifying information to help the citizens of Las Vegas more fully understand the situation.
    First, the street trees are indeed in a critical stage of decline. Approximately half of our street trees are in poor condition or are dead or dying. The article stated that around 10 percent of the trees were dead.

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, March 10, 2019

    Border solutions?

    All our so-called “solutions” to the border problem repeated fail to admit the real problem: the U.S. is meddling in every nation’s internal affairs.

    Our hegemony and neo-colonialism create immigrants by sanctions, etc.

    We must clean up our act before blaming the victim immigrants. Borders work both ways — promote closed minds and provincial attitudes — thus, we are victims also.

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, March 3, 2019

    Electoral college

    Regarding the Feb. 17 letter from Sherry Quintero Morrison, in which she goes to great length to try to show the unfairness of electing a president by popular vote, she presents statistics that are beyond inaccurate;  those are blatant lies.

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019

    Green New (Mexico)

    For some (Nancy Pelosi) the idea of the Green New Deal is but a green dream — a fantasy with little connection to the real world of politics as we know it.

    Submitted as a resolution to both the U.S. House and Senate by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey, the Green New Deal is the most radical and realistic response to the climate disruptions that I have seen.

    It is a vision — not a plan.

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019

    Mora Fire(d)

    There is a saying in Spanish that says, “Uno viste el mono para que otro lo baile.” In English it means, “Someone does the hard work, so someone else can benefit from it.”

    The recent scandal at the Mora Fire Department reminds me of when I first took office in 1999. The Mora Fire Department building had been abandoned for quite some time.

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019

    Taking hostages

    Well, the hostage count just increased by a factor of, roughly, 30.

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019

    Meaning of pro-life

  • Letter to the Editor, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2019

    Popular vote bill

    Since 1824 there have been five presidential elections in which the winner of the popular vote lost the election because of the archaic. 19th- century construct called the Electoral College.

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019

    Medicare for all

    The USA’s medical system was recently ranked the worst in the developed world, according to Time Magazine. It is the fifth time the USA has come in last in terms of quality of care and outcomes.

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019

    Act on gun violence

    On March 24, 2018, youth organizers and other community members joined in the March for Our Lives to protest gun violence in schools and to demand legislative action at the national and state levels. 

    Local Amnesty International Group 463 formulated a petition, which was signed by 508 participants and supporters of the march.