• Letters to the Editor - July 3, 2016

    Mil Gracias

    This letter is to thank the many people who came together to help make possible books and creative activities for children in the Las Vegas community. You came from all sorts of groups and as individuals who heard the call for volunteers. You came, so many that you were lining up to become reading buddies and creativity assistants for that day or even two days. Next time we will need you even more.

  • Letters to the Editor - June 26, 2016

    Little progress made on animal welfare

    As a newcomer to Las Vegas, I am still captivated by the charm of this small western town, where the mountains meet the plains. I even considered buying a permanent home here. My experiences over the past year, however, particularly concerning animal welfare and safety, have given me cause to rethink that.

  • Letters to the Editor - June 19, 2016

    Writer in support of Bill Taylor

    Bill Taylor is one of the best teachers I’ve ever had. Not only is he an exceptional teacher, he also is helpful above and beyond what he is required to do.

  • Letters to the Editor - June 12, 2016

    Unhappy with dean of students pick

    New Mexico Highlands University President Sam Minner has hired Bill Taylor to be HU’s dean of students and has lauded him for his “great success and high integrity ... talent and commitment.”

  • Letters to the Editor - June 5, 2016

    Let’s get kids to read

    Get kids to read during the summer — we’re hearing this message from the recent Optic editorial (May 25), from the Optic’s lead article by the editor “Stopping the Summer Slide” on the Governor’s initiative to “entice” kids to read, and everywhere.

    Right here in Las Vegas, the same message is loud and clear:  make sure that all kids have good books to read this summer. And here is an answer.

  • Letters to the Editor - May 29, 2016

    Winkel guest column right on the money
    I applaud the guest column by Carol Winkel in the May 22 edition of the Optic. She is absolutely correct when she proposes changes in school administration and classroom management. In order to create a learning atmosphere it is imperative the classroom be student-centered and not goal- oriented. 

  • Letters to the Editor - May 22, 2016

    Get out of the way of emergency vehicles

    I’m not sure if it is a local custom, literally just sheer ignorance or just absolute selfishness, but come on people!

    Today I stopped at the end of my road, at 518 and waited for a caravan of vehicles to pass, before then checking to my right again. I immediately noted a state police vehicle coming southbound with lights on.

    I waited and then pulled out after the state vehicle. I was able to follow at about 60 mph and watch the disgusting show ahead.

  • Letters to the Editor - May 15, 2016

    Alta Vista Hospital is doing its best

    It seems that most of the time you refer to Alta Vista you add “for profit.” Letters from others and quotes form others also add that comment.

    Are you against the idea of a firm attempting to make a profit? From what I can determine you are hired by “for profit newspaper.”

    The local hospital has attempted to recruit and keep qualified OB physicians. They do not come and if they do they do not last long.

  • Letters to the Editor - May 8, 2016

    Vegas has a serious loose-dog problem

    I recently returned from Albuquerque’s Run for the Zoo 10K.  It was a great race, but when people ask how my training went, it’s a different response.

  • Letters to the Editor - May 6, 2016

    Mil Gracias

    On behalf of the family of Vicky Ortiz, I would like to express our sincere gratitude to the staff of NMBHI Meadows Evergreen North. We would like to recognize the nurses, certified nursing assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, dieticians, cooks, beauticians, activity therapists, doctors, social workers, housekeepers, foster grandmother, and administrators for their hard work and dedication.