Today's Opinions

  • Another prisoner of conscience set free

    Members of the local group of Amnesty International rejoice at the recent release from Administrative Detention in Israel of the Palestinian writer and teacher Ahmed Qatamesh who the group had adopted as a “prisoner of conscience.”

    We wish to share this good news with all those in Las Vegas who, over the past two years, have helped by writing cards and letters to Qatamesh himself and to Israeli military and civil authorities including the ambassador in Washington D. C.

  • Optic shouldn’t have run column

    Given our area’s history of animal abuse, including dog fighting, running the Rick Kraft column that starts with a dog fighting joke was a lapse in judgement.

    For people that think I should lighten up about the topic, go spend some time in our shelter, or out in the field with Animal Control or our volunteer animal rescue groups. There’s not much to find amusing.

    Corie Weaver
    Las Vegas

  • Campos shouldn’t stay at Luna

    It appears from what I have read that Pete Campos may remain as CEO of Luna Community College.

    Appears as though this politico has positioned himself to where the LCC Board is being led by the nose for his every whim.

    I guess when he makes it known he is going to retire that means little to his credibility.

    Is Las Vegas so indebted to this person that he is able to do what ever he wishes because he is the local politician bringing money to the area?

  • Nuestra Historia - Students leave building — HU put on trial

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    For the Optic

    The scene was somber, the quiet overpowering. To a drum roll and bugle call, some 300 students marched silently out of Rodgers Hall at mid-morning on Thursday, May 28, 1970. The funereal atmosphere was marked by solemn music, accompanied by a lone flute, played by a young girl.

  • Editorial Roundup - Jan. 31, 2014

    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner on the need for Congress to fund a key tax program (Jan. 28, 2014):
    Here’s another example of a budget decision made far away and having a potential consequence to Fairbanks. Congress failed to include funding for the annual Payment in Lieu of Taxes program in the federal omnibus spending bill approved earlier this month.
    The program provided $742,500 to the Fairbanks North Star Borough in fiscal 2013. That’s an amount equal to just less than 1 percent of the property tax revenue raised that year.

  • Making a difference

    It started modestly a scant six years ago as an organization to promote education and literacy in northern New Mexico. Today, it has grown manifold.
    The Literacy Council of Northeastern New Mexico just concluded its Sixth Annual Literacy Fair, at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center, and attendance and participation broke records, making Saturday’s fair the largest ever.
    The event drew 23 organizations, ranging from local service clubs to Carnegie and Donnelly libraries to public schools, Head Start, the Catholic Daughters and Books for Bikes.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 29, 2014
  • Work of Art - Seattle 27.6, Denver 22.6

    Do you think it’ll work? For this Super Bowl edition of Work of Art, I asked a number of athletes, employees of the City Recreation Center — people who follow football — to predict the winner and the final score of Sunday’s game.

    Surprisingly, only West Las Vegas High School junior Brandon Gallegos predicted anything close to a slaughter. Brandon picks the Seattle Seahawks to beat the Denver Broncos 42-24. And why does he choose the Seahawks? “I don’t like Denver.” That’s reason enough.