Today's Opinions

  • Respect is a community value

    We appreciate the front page coverage the Optic gave to the recent desecration of tombstones in Las Vegas cemeteries. It is difficult to understand the motivations of those involved. We hope that those responsible will quickly be apprehended and that all in the community will agree that such behavior has no place among us.  

    Respect for others is an important community value. This means that we avoid abusing each other when we are alive and we respect each others’ graves when we are dead. How could anyone forget that?

  • ‘No, not here, not anywhere’

    Many people in this community know me as a passionate defender of the right of Palestinians to live free of Israeli oppression. People also know me as opposed to the United States offering no-strings-attached support to Israel. However, I write today to strongly condemn the vandalism of the Jewish cemetery here in Las Vegas.  

  • History doesn’t support words

    When I first read Mr. (Reies) Tijerina’s remark in the June 10 Optic about “the Jews who made bombs that could destroy humanity,” I was appalled that the well-spoken, politically astute advocate for the Chicano movement, could make such a blatantly ignorant, if not hateful, comment, seemingly oblivious to the entire context of World War II and the fact that Germany, among others, were also trying to develop a bomb.  

  • Remarks were unjustified

    This letter is in reference to the article printed on May 6 in the Las Vegas Optic regarding statements made by the Las Vegas City Schools Business Manager Myrna Garcia.

  • Chamber should take a lead role

    In December 2009, I wrote up a proposal that was to be shared with the Economic Development Corporation and the Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of the proposal was to come up with ideas for what could be done to increase the economic development of Las Vegas and the surrounding area. I never did hear anything about the proposal after I gave it to the Chamber.

    I would like to share a brief overview of that proposal with you now.  

  • Playing with fire

    Picture a family up to its neck in debt, with the parents fighting over how to address the problem. We’ll say it’s the father who insists that all available resources be used to pay down the family debt, except that he refuses to sell his Lamborghini, even though that’s obviously the best way to raise the money needed. Meanwhile, the mother is insisting that her mother, who depends on them, needs to go to the doctor, even though it’ll cost.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 13, 2011
  • Work of Art: An idiot’s guide to idioms

    One of the things some of us did on our own, without getting paid, was individual tutoring. During my term on the faculty at Highlands University, some dedicated students, usually Asians, wishing to “rap,” often visited me.