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Today's Opinions

  • Hopes for the new year

    With new years come fresh perspectives, at least in optimistic minds. Here are a few of our hopes for the new year:

    We hope the Castañeda Hotel’s purchase comes off without a hitch and its renovation pumps new energy into the Railroad and New Town districts. This imposing edifice from the olden days of East Las Vegas is long overdue for a massive makeover, and we’re hopeful that buyer Sloane McFarland makes the best of it. May he have strong community support in his efforts.

  • Work of Art - Be it resolved ...

    The seasons are confused. Where else would we the people lengthen the day, under something called Daylight Saving Time, when each day is already getting longer?

    Similarly, we shorten days that are already on their way to being abbreviated.

    And we play a lot with the presumed ending times. Well, I’m still here, as I assume most of you are, possibly to the disappointment of the Mayans, who told us the world was about to end a couple of weeks ago. Imagine the embarrassment of some who may have believed the end was to be the next day.

  • Looking back, looking ahead

    For this final edition for 2012, we didn’t go by our usual template. Instead of ranking the top 10 stories of the year, as we’ve done through most of the 2000s, we created an entire year-in-review section that includes a narrative, written by our managing editor, encompassing the biggest stories in no particular order. We hope you’ll find it an enjoyable and informative read.

  • Editor's Note - Predictions for the new year

    Of course this isn’t very creative — pundits far and wide love to spell out our future with the onset of each new year — but indulge me anyway, as I offer up some predictions of my own:

    Weather will continue to be a big story in 2013 — internationally, nationally and locally. Across the nation, there will be lots of extreme weather events: killer tornadoes in the South, superstorms along the eastern coastlines and oppressive heat and drought all over. An angry god won’t be the cause of it all; the onset of climate change will.

  • Let’s see how it all turns out

    In regard to the article of Dec. 26 on the “rusty” NMHU Student Center, I have to agree with Jesus Lopez to a point. The overall exterior design, while interesting, does not seem to fit with the rest of the university’s architecture; however, there it is and there it will stay.

    I suggest we wait three or four years and then if there is a general dissatisfaction with the building’s exterior, changes should be considered. In the meantime, let’s use the $38,000 on other improvements to the campus.

    Milton Deemer
    Las Vegas

  • Question linger about reservoirs

    I was surprised to read about the karst deposit problem below Peterson Dam. When I first read the headline, I figured it must be something about the fault lines below the dam along the highway. But I was told some years ago by a geologist at Highlands that these faults were “dormant,” so not to worry. Well OK, but aren’t there some hot springs right around the corner?

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 28, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! SIGNIFICANT SETBACKS. Just as we were thinking the city was making some progress toward a long-term fix for its ongoing water problems, here comes word that (1) it’s going to take a lot more than the millions of dollars already expected to go into the city’s aging reservoirs and that (2) more than a quarter million dollars had to be dumped into repairing a single — but massive — water leak by the treatment plant north of town.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 28, 2012