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Opinion

  • This letter is prompted by the visibility and apparent success of the Tea Party phenomenon, more specifically by the letter by Annette Franklin in the Optic on May 19.

  • John Loehr did not tell us where he attended high school. I found it interesting that he seems so horrified that anyone would not like the president and some people would even use racial epithets to describe the president.

    He talks about what a fine father and husband and basketball player he is. Of course, none of those attributes make for presidential qualities and abilities.

  • On behalf of the West Las Vegas Music Department, we would like to thank the following individuals and businesses that contributed to our event: Platinum sponsor: Bank of Las Vegas. Silver sponsor: State Employees Credit Union, Deseo (John and Rose Montoya), ENMR, and State Rep. Richard D. Vigil of District 70. Bronze sponsors: Herrera Coaches, WLV board President Christine Ludi, WLV board member and Mrs. Kenny Lujan, First Community Bank, Antonio Ortega, Roy Pacheco for Sheriff, and KNMX (Mr. Matt Martinez).

  • We, the sons and daughters of Arthur Padilla, want to thank you for your support for our father. He has served Las Vegas and the surrounding community for the past 40 years through his service in law enforcement and, most recently, his eight years as county commissioner.

    Our father is retired and will give 100 percent of his time and effort to help the people of San Miguel County. He has a personal open communication policy in which you may call and express your concerns or opinions. His values, strong ethics and experience speak for themselves.

  • I am writing this letter to let you know that I feel very sad and angry when I read the Optic article in Friday, May 21. This is in regards to my nephew Abel Herrera, who crashed and died during a pursuit by police.

  • I was shocked and saddened to find that the Optic no longer allows Las Vegas citizens to comment online. This was one of the only outlets in a city that controls any disagreement or new ideas.

    Speaking before the City Council is a hopeless travesty. The new city attorney interrupts and claims any mention of a city worker’s name or job description is to be handled by “personnel” and not to be spoken in public.

  • Annette Franklin in her letter published on May 19th asks: “How can voters vote intelligently when facts are not revealed and discussed?” It seems that she is urging readers to do just that; to lay out issues of concern and discuss them.

    Her letter covers a wide range of issues. I highlight here only a few of them.

  • In response to Annette Franklin’s letter to the Optic which ran May 19, I’d have to say “Tea Party hypocrisy” is precisely the right characterization of the Tea Party complaints.

  • It’s rare when people take on their bosses, but that’s what happened recently in the West Las Vegas school district.  West Las Vegas school board members told the district’s business manager, Dawn Biagianti, that they were being underpaid.  She told them that that board policy prohibited her from giving a member more than one $95 payment a month.

  •  This editorial first appeared on Memorial Day 2009.

  • I am a student at Highlands University. It has come to my attention that the theatre classes have been discontinued here at Highlands. I am aware that this decision was part of budget cuts. I find this very upsetting.

    ... Even though there was not a theatre program in place, many students were waiting for the return of the theatre minor. I was one of them.

  • 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.