• ‘Rights’ ordinance full of problems

    As the Las Vegas City Council is proposing the adoption of a “community rights” ordinance (Ordinance No. 12-06), some questions are in order.

    All elected officials in New Mexico take an oath to support the United States Constitution and the Constitution and laws of the state of New Mexico.

    Sections 5.5 and 5.6 of the proposed ordinance specifically annul the federal and state constitutional rights of certain entities and individuals.  

  • Birth control the moral choice

    Rush Limbaugh thinks women who use birth control are sluts.

    Americans think that women and their families who use birth control are moral. In today’s world, families must plan for the number of children they can love and care for emotionally and financially. American families now have between two and three children on the average. These women and their families are the moral ones.

  • Parks’ trees unsafe, unsightly

    I was very disheartened to read about the efforts of well-meaning people and our mayor to clean up the terrible looking and dangerous trees in our parks.

    Worse yet, threatening to be sued. I’d advise that person now that that will gain nothing. The town is doing its rightful duty to eliminate a public nuisance.  

    I have been in two of the parks on various outings and have noticed what bad shape some of the trees are in. It is scary to stand beneath ones that have broken limbs, bark peeling and limbs with no leaves in growth season. 

  • Mil Gracias - March 5, 2012

    Thanks to the dedicated readers of Las Vegas and surrounding communities, the AAUW Annual Used Book Sale was another success.  

  • Lacking emergency animal services

    There are three veterinarians that are listed in the phone book for the Las Vegas area, yet none of them offer any type of after hour emergency service for sick or wounded pets. During a recent pet emergency, in my efforts to find emergency care, one vet’s office phone just rang, one had an answering service but they tell you to go to Santa Fe for services, and the other had a voice mail that indicated that he had a family issue, and was closed the weekend.

    The citizens of Las Vegas deserve much better for their loved pets.

  • Easy to get around a tethered yard dog

    A reader thinks the new dog tethering law is terrible because, “the dog guards the home when one is working.”

    Our two Siberian huskies guard our house and they have never been tied up. We have a fenced-in yard for exercise, but mostly our dogs live in the house where they are warm in winter and cool in summer. They are always in the house when we leave. Good luck to anyone who tries to go past them.

    But it’s easy to go past tethered yard dogs. They can’t get to the thief, now can they?

  • Ortiz has been an excellent mayor

    I am a resident of Las Vegas. I love this town and its people.

    Of all the mayors I’ve experienced, Mayor Alfonso E. Ortiz Jr. has been the best. He has done so much for our community. He is an ethical person with a big heart for our people. His administration has been transparent and his door is always open.

    Mayor Ortiz leads with compassion and intelligence, listening to our concerns with an open heart. I don’t think most people are aware of all that he has done for our city. Here is a list of just a few of his accomplishments:

  • Possessing good mayoral qualities

    Successful democratic governments need people of good character, intelligence and positive energy.

    Alfonso E. Ortiz Jr. possesses these qualities and more.

    The city of Las Vegas has benefited from his no-nonsense approach to city issues on numerous occasions. His recent executive order regarding the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce was the correct response to touchy issue that needed action.

    The extremely important water issue has been at the forefront during his tenure. I believe it will continue to be high on his to-do list if re-elected.

  • Extreme tethering cases justify action

    When Neo was a puppy, his owner placed a collar on his neck, fastened it to a chain and ignored him. When rescuers brought Neo to the veterinarian several months later, the outlook did not look good. Neo was starving. The owner who kept Neo as a “guard dog” never bothered to adjust his collar, which became deeply embedded in his neck and started to crush his trachea. Neo was dying.

    If Neo’s story were unique, it would be a shocking example of cruelty.

  • The tragedy could have been prevented

    The tragedy of the young man and his mother hit on Williams Drive was not so much “avoidable” as it was inevitable. My husband and I saw them all the time, never using the sidewalks that millions have been spent on in Las Vegas, and once even going down the center of the left-turn lane on Seventh, after dark and in dark clothing.