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Today's Opinions

  • Poorer, yes, because of the government

    On April 2, a letter to the editor was comprised of generalities accusing the GOP as compassionless for not taxing the rich, which causes the poor to get poorer.

    It is not a simple matter of bad Republican and good liberals.

    Critical in the equation is the $14 trillion debt incurred by Democrats within the last three years. High debt devalues the dollar and this causes inflation.

  • Mil Gracias - April 20, 2012

    The youth group of the Mora Christian Center would like to sincerely thank every person who purchased or donated to the raffle ticket fundraising for the giant Easter basket.

    The drawing was held on Friday, April 6, and the winner of the basket was Orlando Roybal of Mora. The proceeds of the raffle ticket sales go to help the youth attend a Teen Boot Camp to be held in July.

    Jerry Martinez
    Mora

  • Process vs. result

    When it comes to the process the Las Vegas City Schools District used to find a superintendent, it was a disaster. And now, with the impending hiring of interim superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez to the permanent position, East’s school board has opted to dump the process and go strictly with the results it likes.

    Let’s hope it pays off in the long run.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 18, 2012
  • Work of Art - Please don’t tell me yet

    “I don’t wanna hear it!”         

    Usually we hear that refusal when 1) the utterer of the admonition believes, “Don’t confuse me with the facts; my mind is made up.”
    We also hear it in the context of refusing to hear the bad news: a firing, a loss of a game or an announcement that follows, “Hey Dad, you remember that can of paint on the shelf by the car in the garage?”

  • Voting in the runoffs

    We anticipate, on the eve of Las Vegas’ first runoff election, that the turnout will be low. Most runoffs in other locales turn out fewer voters than the election that preceded them, and that’s likely to be the case here in Las Vegas.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 16, 2012
  • Editor's Note - A letters ‘explainer’

    This is what people in the news business call an “explainer” piece, where I offer up insights about how letters to the editor get published here at the Optic. Whether you’re a letter writer or simply a letter reader, hopefully you’ll find this informative.

    I have the privilege of handling the letters sent in for publication. In a typical week, I get a steady flow of letters, mostly by e-mail, a few typed up and dropped off or mailed in, and one or two a week sent in someone’s handwriting.