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Opinion

  • Thumbs UP for ... THE SIXTH PLEADS GUILTY. Michael Gallegos, the ringleader in a series of assaults at the Robertson High School football camp two years ago, pleaded guilty to criminal sexual penetration, attempted criminal sexual penetration and conspiracy. Gallegos, the son of a former Las Vegas City Council member, Michael Gallegos, candidly apologized for what he had done.

    He was the sixth and final defendant to reach a plea agreement. Unfortunately, it doesn’t bring the closure that so many seek. Gallegos must still be sentenced. And some wounds never heal.

  • On two occasions in the course of human history, freedom hung in the balance. Once in Greece, well over 2,000 years ago and once again in 1940. In 430 B.C., the Greek statesman Pericles wrote an opinion about the Greek Constitution that could have come straight from the U.S. Supreme court. A people that sophisticated would never give up their way of life nor abandon their fierce love of freedom. At Thermopylae and Marathon they stood firm and saved democracy against the mightiest invader of that time.

  • I lived in Las Vegas 25 years ago. I have noticed all the stores in what used to be New Town are now closed and there is nothing for the youth to do. All the exciting things that were part of the weekend are no longer. The cruise was very exciting and brought a lot of money downtown and commodore to the youth.

    Now that there is no cruise, the stores, except for a few, are closed due to lack of exposure. When the cruise was happening, the stores were flourishing as a direct result of exposure. Because of the stores closing, jobs are lost and crime has increased for the youth.

  • On Saturday, May 15, The Kiwanis Club of Las Vegas held its 19th annual Bike Safety Rodeo. Las Vegas area kids obtained helmets and learned bike safety by participating in the safety course.  The project consisted of proper fitting of the helmets, bike adjustments for mechanical safety and size.  The remaining course involved stations where the riders experienced hazards of bike riding.

  • Shame, shame, shame on the politicians. They claim they are serving the people. Not so, they are serving themselves. Our present state representative, whose spouse was convicted after the scandal at West schools and is now working at Luna, courtesy of our senator (shame on him, also). Then there is the ex-con helping his brother on the campaign trail. Disgusting. How low can you go? A number of years ago, another brother who was a magistrate was caught red handed with stolen property. We knew their father, an honest, hard-working farmer. Lord Lord, he will turn over in his grave.

  • Sometimes it’s easy to identify with Gen. Halftrack, the forlorn company commander in the Beetle Bailey comic strip, who laments never receiving mail from the Pentagon.

    On occasion, I receive no feedback to items in Work of Art. But last week, there was an avalanche. A number of people e-mailed with comments about the alumni/ alumnus matter and solved a dozen common expressions which had been put into high-falutin’ language.

    All the responses came via e-mail, except for Betty Quick, who was quick to hand-deliver some of her own creations, listed below.

  • The Robertson High School Class of 2010 has been through a lot. The seniors who just graduated saw six of their classmates arrested for assaulting some underclassmen at the school’s annual football camp, then the entire class had to endure the humiliation that came with the resulting state and national attention.

  • I am asked to show identification: When I show up for a doctor’s appointment; when filling out a credit card or loan application; when applying for or renewing a drivers license or passport; when applying for any kind of insurance; when filling out college applications; when donating blood; when obtaining certain prescription drugs; when making some debit purchases, especially if I’m out of state; and when collecting a boarding pass for airline or train travel.

  • In a little more than a week, voters in two districts of San Miguel County will decide on their representatives on the County Commission.

    The commission doesn’t get much scrutiny from the public or the media.

    Part of the reason is that the county is a relatively smooth-running machine with little drama.

    But it’s also because county commissions in most places don’t get much attention.

    In a city, we’re closer together, and that results in many contentious issues — zoning, nuisances, public utilities such as water and sewer.

  • Hey, all you English-only advocates, don’t you find it strange that all the politicians, and wannabes, politique in Spanish. It’s like these guys don’t know how to speak Spanish (or want to allow us to speak the language), except when they want something.

    Is this a form of “situation ethics” — kinda like Domenici promising, at every election, that he was going to have enforced the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

  • As a Mora County citizen, I find the articles in the Optic about the Mora County school superintendent scenario this past six months fascinating.

    We are told Dora Romero, former superintendent, was relieved of her superintendent position because of the “slush fund” purchases to which she agreed for leather jackets, steak dinners, et al.

    Then, in the May 12 Optic, we read that one of the recipients of those leather jackets, and steak dinners, New Mexico State Rep. Thomas Garcia, is being interviewed for the Mora County superintendent position.

  • When people from other parts of the country see New Mexico and Arizona on a map, they see two square states and imagine a land of deserts and mountains. They likely see our two states as very similar.

    But when it comes to politics, the two states are quite different. Thankfully.

  • West Las Vegas/Los Niños Head Start would like to thank the following for helping to make our annual Transition Fair held April 30 a success:

    The staff at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center, Subway/Shell, Mills Avenue Lowe’s, Wal-Mart, New Mexico State Police, Wind River Ranch, West Las Vegas Schools, Las Vegas City Schools, West Las Vegas Head Start staff and Transition Committee and all parents who attended. Additionally, a special thank you to State Rep. Thomas Garcia, who has been supporting this event for the past four years.

  • I’d like to commend Benny and April Ortiz for yet another successful season as the RHS Girls Track Team coaches.  

    Besides being successful in the sport realm, they are very active in teaching the girls life lessons that will impact their lives. These coaches dedicate long, hard hours and sacrifice a lot of their personal time to be there for our children. Please print this so that they know they are appreciated and their efforts have not gone unnoticed.

    Christian Montaño

    Las Vegas

     

  • After attending the forum presenting candidates for County Commissioner, I was very impressed by two candidates for District One, either one of which I wish I could vote for. (I don’t live in District One; I do not know either candidate personally.)

  • I recently retired as a sergeant major after 30 years of military service, including several combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. I’m a recipient of the Bronze Star. I came back to Las Vegas to be closer to my family and, of course, the good food.

    I would like to take this opportunity to ask you for your support in electing my father, Joe A. Lucero (Yunta), as our next county commissioner for District 1. He is a true professional and will lead by example.

  • I love collecting quotes, jokes and signs. I once saw a huge sign on an open gate, which read, “Keep Gate Closed.”

    I read something like that in the Optic recently but I’m not sure if it’s a quote, a joke or a sign.

    In an article entitled, “Judge named for animal control case,” I see the City Council voted to appoint an attorney, a former Las Vegas resident, to preside over a case in Las Vegas specifically because he is not familiar with Las Vegas.

  • Thumbs DOWN for ... CLOSED ON SUNDAYS. We knew to expect some cuts to governmental operations, but closing the recreation center on Sundays? Ouch. That hurts — especially just before the summer months, when a cool dip in the pool is so tempting.

    Still, Las Vegas City Manager Timothy Dodge is looking at a way to provide minimum staffing just to keep the wellness area open on Sundays. We’re glad to see such a possibility being considered, but we’re sorry such a cutback on such a valuable public service is necessary.

  • People generally believe that a newspaper article or an “official report” is accurate and honorable. In reality, that is not always the case.

  • When Gilbert Sanchez was president of Highlands University, his office routinely presented some attractive lapel pins to employees who had also graduated from there. That included a large number of us.

    When I received mine, I asked Sanchez whether I needed to share it with another, my wife maybe. “Why?”  “Well, the pin had the word ‘alumni.’”