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Opinion

  • 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.’”

  • Please be fair: “Tea Party frustration” is accurate in contrast to the “Tea Party hypocracy” column by David Giuliani. Frustration because our U.S. representatives will not address our concerns of fiscal irresponsibility and heavyhanded regulations and taxes stifling free enterprise and employment.

    Concerns of national debt are valid: Our children and grandchildren cannot possibly hope to pay off the debt. April 15 tax collections cannot even cover interest due on loans, and some of these loans are from some enemy nations!

  • The problem with conventional wisdom is that sometimes it’s incomplete. That’s the lesson we want to pass along to this year’s graduates.

  • I would just like to say there was a time when Las Vegas citizens could water every day and could wash their cars, being a mountain community. In most cities, the water is recycled. Here in Las Vegas, N.M., the water is received from snowfalls and rain as well.

    On the first week of April 2010, I saw a job posting in the Optic in regards to a position I believe was water director. The job description read the qualifications were a high school and experience and/or some experience, equal to a bachelor’s. This most important position requires an engineering degree.

  • Last week’s forum for San Miguel County Commission candidates, sponsored by this newspaper in conjunction with the Committee For the People, was lively and informative — and incomplete. Only three of the six candidates running showed up.

  • Every year around graduation time, I like to share a message to all graduating students from President George Bush Sr. On the day he was sworn in, he gave the following advice to all young people:

  • Last week, I went to Municipal Court to answer to my ticket for speeding on Bridge Street, going 34 miles in a 15-mph zone around 8 a.m. on a weekday.

    It was my second citation in recent times. I also got a ticket a few months ago for exceeding the speed limit on the Highlands University campus. Then, Judge Eddie Trujillo gave me a $29 court fee and deferred my fine if I kept my nose clean for a month.

  • With great thankfulness and appreciation, we are pleased to announce that the free Tuesday evening meal is being started again.  Thanks to Mayor Ortiz and Theresa Lopez at the Las Vegas Senior Citizen Center, we are being given the use of the Senior Citizen Center to offer this service to the community.

  • Recently, while at Highlands University, I found out that Dr. Jane Goodall was visiting Las Vegas. I am a retired chemist and this was exciting news.  

    When I got to the Plaza Hotel, Dr. Goodall was viewing the science exhibits of the students from Los Niños school. I have to agree with Dr. Goodall in that the exhibits were very well done. I had been a science fair judge for 10 years and have seen few science projects done that well by students of any age in public school.

  • Recently, I got a wake-up call from individuals on my e-mail contact list. It appears that an Internet social network named Que Pasa informed my friends that I had invited them to sign on to the group.

    Not true! Anyhow, I hurriedly informed my key contacts that they should be wary because I feared that my contact list had been hijacked to recruit them; in short time, I received responses, and it appears many had been contacted in my name.  

  • NMHU's Student Support Services would like to thank the following merchants for their generous donations for our annual Awards Banquet on April 22. Our award recipients were very appreciative of your kind contributions:

  • Thumbs UP for ... NO FENCING. The feud between the Storrie Lake Water Users Association and the state appears to have subsided, with a three-year agreement having been reached between the two. The most obvious consequence is that the lake will now open for shoreline fishing this summer and there won’t be any prohibitive and unsightly fences going up.

  • The vituperation and enmity so energetically and continually focused on Barack Obama by a significant — and loud — portion of our national citizenry has made me “curiouser and curiouser,” especially because I expected this to wane after he won the presidency in such undeniable and resounding fashion.  

  • Remember, la gente de Mora, that the oil and gas that lies beneath your land is worth hundreds of billions of dollars to the greedy oil companies. The oil representatives will come to you with their mentiras about how much good they are going to do for you. You must understand que por los poquito centavos you receive you will be giving away tu salud, la amistad, y sus tierras.  When all the money you have received is gone, your kids, your grandkids, and possibly yourselves van andar por las calles.

  • Yes, there was $55,500 appropriated for Cinder Road Drainage Improvements in 2006. The money was to be spent on increasing the size of the culvert crossing on Cinder Road just north of Palo Verde (a city drainage ditch/structure).

    The appropriation went to the city of Las Vegas, appropriation numbers 06-2086 and 05-2306.

    The county on several occasions approached the city to complete the work as it was designed and to be completed. This was done in anticipation of the work the county will be completing on the Cinder Pedestrian and Bicycle Path.