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Opinion

  • This is in response to the letter to the editor by Lorraine Ortega from of Denver, Colo., on Monday, July 26.

    First of all, l thank you and your 15 or 19 couples that traveled from Denver to enjoy the fiestas of Las Vegas. Your figures don’t jive. Did you miss count? Did you mean 15 or 19 couples?  You and the rest of your dedicated group deserve a great hand.  You all have contributed to the city of Las Vegas adding to the lodgers tax revenue by utilizing the Sunshine Motel. Gracias, gracias! I am in full support of that.  

  • I am a great believer in the press. It helps in keeping government transparent and citizens informed about happenings and things that might pose a danger to everyone. It also allows the public, like me, to submit letters when we see what appears to be unjust situations. The Optic has afforded me this on numerous occasions and I am thankful for that. It is just my opinion and allowed as long as I am factual and hurt no one.

  • Recently, Las Vegas citizens were treated to a thought-provoking film and forum on some of the realities of oil and gas development, should it come to San Miguel County and Las Vegas. The film, “Split Estate,” and  the panelists — including our Mayor Alfonso E. Ortiz Jr. — were all excellent and enlightening.

  • Thumbs UP for ... ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. Getting companies to locate here has broad-reaching benefits — whether it happens inside or outside city limits or on the east or west side of town.

    A few years ago, then-Councilman Michael Gallegos told the Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation that he’d like to see it recruit more companies to the west side. That would be nice, but no matter where a new company is in our area, it’ll help both sides of town.

  • I greatly respect Highlands University Regent Jesus Lopez, and I certainly understand his concerns about renting Highlands’ buildings to private parties. Liability and insurance costs are something that we all must consider when dealing with others inside the buildings of our businesses or organizations. And I think Mr. Lopez is right that Highlands should reconsider its policies about renting spaces to politicians and for private parties, especially those where alcohol may be consumed.  

  • The Las Vegas Little League’s 10-11-year-old boys All-Star team and parents would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for contributing to our fundraiser for our travel expenses to enable us to compete in the District 4 baseball tournament in Raton.

  • Well, I figure that if the commercial market can have Christmas in July, I could follow suit with New Year’s Resolutions in August.

    It’s quite apropos, you know, as the latest monsoon weather has had me quite sequestered in my hermitage. It gave me time to think about changes I want to make in my activity or lack of it.

  • Superintendents and school board members who hold our politicians responsible for massive budget cuts in education are on the right track. These so-called progressives have jumped on the “cut taxes, small government” bandwagon that for some insane reason is still fashionable across our country.

  • PORTO, Portugal -- Why can’t all countries agree on their currency? Why must travelers take along an MBA or at least a banking expert any time they wish to go beyond San Miguel County, or in our case, the U.S?

    We’re preparing for a boat tour of Portugal, the last leg of a trip to Copenhagen where we will visit our son Stan’s family. The tour is a round trip, from Porto, in northern Portugal, back to Porto. It was my friend Pedro Carrico who encouraged me to travel to his homeland.

  • With the recent meltdown of the Fiesta Council, it’s clear that changes are needed. At a recent Las Vegas City Council meeting, Mayor Alfonso Ortiz suggested the possibility of the city taking over Fiestas de Las Vegas, held annually around the Fourth of July.

  • The state Transportation Department needs to improve its planning. The Associated Press reported that the state sold a piece of land next to an Albuquerque interchange for $306,000  in 2005, but bought it back for triple that price per square foot just four years later.

    Even when the state sold the land, top officials were seeking money to expand the interchange. Those plans came to fruition, and the state needed the old land back. It was a bad deal for taxpayers.

  • I was thinking about my co-workers the other day, and I realized something about them: None of them smoke.

    At least that I know of.

    After asking around, I found out that one of my co-workers smokes. But she apparently keeps the habit pretty hidden.

    Even three years ago, I remember that a number of my co-workers used to puff their cigarettes out the back door. But they have either quit their habit or left the Optic.

  • The Las Vegas City Schools board met last week to face a budget reality: The state plans to further cut spending for schools and other agencies.

    Now, East officials are mulling over how to deal with the drop in state revenue. They’re even mentioning the possibilities of closing a school and cutting some athletic trips.

    In the coming days and weeks, other area school districts and colleges and the state hospital will have to grapple with these cuts. The Albuquerque school district is contemplating more staff reductions.  

  • I am a Las Vegas native, born and raised until about six years ago, when I moved to attend college. I am expecting my first child and have recently returned to Las Vegas to live for the summer and spend time with my family.

    I had always felt that Las Vegas was a good place to raise children in the sense of community and family that surrounds day-to-day life here.

  • All you ever hear about Alta Vista Regional Hospital is something bad, but I want to give them a plug. I had hip survey over there six months ago, with Dr. Conescu performing the surgery, and he did an excellent job. I also want to thank the rehab folks for their great work.

    Don Seuntjens

    Las Vegas

  • It is good and customary to send notes and gifts to families that have lost a loved one. There are many students at Robertson (as well as graduates) who were mentored and supported and transformed by their teacher and FFA sponsor, Gary Leger. Their loss was also profound. This note is to send my deepest sympathy and prayer for comfort to those students.

  • This letter is to protest the recent action by the City of Las Vegas in imposing the new water restrictions which all but prohibit watering of lawns in Las Vegas.

    It seems that the new water restrictions are driven by the efforts of Councilman Andrew Feldman, the “self-appointed” water expert in city government. His comment that “we have to realize that we live in a desert” is not only wrong, but it demonstrates how out of touch he is.

  • This is an unsolicited letter regarding the recent debacle concerning the Las Vegas Fiesta Council. There are those who would say I should stay quiet: that I’m too close to the situation and have a personal agenda. I would say just the opposite! Because of my closeness to the situation, I have relevant insight into many of the issues.  

  • Several Optic readers have asked me when I am going to write another column for the paper.  My columns are usually about humorous or amusing events that may be common to the Optic readers.

    I appreciate the reader’s comments and support and also thank the Optic editor for making it possible. The following is based on my own observation of people who save things, which I am labeling the “Just In Case Savers.”

  • I wanted to write and tell you how much we enjoyed the Las Vegas Optic. I like to buy a local newspaper while traveling and look at the news and events of towns and cities we pass through.  My sister and I traveled 2,000 miles in four days; your newspaper was the most informative and most interestingly written of all the papers we perused on our trip.  

    Marsha Cassada

    Hobart, Okla.