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Sound Off! (Jan. 16)

How can the city be looking for an increase in our gas bills when natural gas is at a 10-year low? Is the city trying to just bag more money, like the red-light cameras?

For every $100 red light camera ticket issued, $75 goes out of our community to either the state or to Redflex in Arizona. Our mayor and council obviously do not see the value or opportunity to help the struggling small businesses and their employees who would benefit from the $75. They can’t admit they are wrong.

If legislators can not pass the third-grade reading standards, how can we expect our schools to improve, Ms Garcia?

After reading about the Democrats‘ opposition to the governor’s third-grade retention bill that would hold back students if they aren’t reading at grade level, I think the Dems should lobby for a new state motto: “New Mexico: 49th in education, and proud of it!”

The Martinez “third grade flunking bill” calls for spending a lot of money to do the same thing over again, expecting a different result. The Democratic bill calls for addressing the problem before failure, and allowing parents some choice. I would go with sanity and freedom.

Back in the ’70s when my kids were in University Hills Elementary School and 98 percent of the kids were on free lunch, it was the highest-performing elementary school in Las Cruces. Well, now that University Hills scores an F, I will be interested to see what the school board and superintendent will do.

I am a Mesilla resident and have been going to Christmas Eve celebrations for over 20 years. Never has there been a problem with the streets open. There were actually less people attending this year. Why fix what is not broken?

When I was a kid growing up on a small Midwestern town in the 1940s, poor people were paid starvation wages for back-breaking farm work with little or no public assistance. Jim Harbison would like to see it that way again.

The Las Cruces Symphony, a pop concert, was just wonderful. Kudos to the choral group. They were fabulous and put a lot of work into it.

I just came back from the NMSU basketball game where the Las Cruces Public School students were invited, and I just wanted to say thank you to the university and to the students from the school. Everybody was well mannered and the kids had a great time.

The answer to the question what to do with Christmas cards, send them to St. Jude’s card recycling, St. Jude’s Ranch, 100 St. Jude’s Street, Boulder City, NV. 89005. The children there use these cards for art projects.

I think Judge Diggers has consistently been very lenient in sentencing the youth of our community. No wonder they continue to do the same crimes.

When Obama could not raise the debt ceiling, he threatened Social Security and military and federal retirees. Why not welfare, food stamps and foreign aid or any programs like these?

No Child Left Behind, the great, Republican national education reform, is 10 years old. Those third-graders that were first subjected to it are graduated (some of them) and have the worst college entrance exam scores ever recorded.

Read more: http://www.lcsun-news.com/las_cruces-opinion/ci_19748713

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