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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Equality not in tax filings

    For the past several years, I have been hearing about “equality” from domestic partnership activists, our governor, and even the director of the Internal Revenue Service. I am in favor of “equality,” especially when it comes to paying income taxes, however, with the legalization of same-sex marriages and domestic partnerships by several states and D.C., the failure of the Internal Revenue Code to recognize these relations has given them an unfair advantage over heterosexual couples.

  • Letter: Does that banner yet wave?

    In the nearly 40 years I have been here to enjoy the Fiestas de Las Vegas, they have always included a great parade. Parades here are wonderful and attendance is spectacular.

  • Letter: Help stop violence against women

    Around the world, approximately one out of three women has been raped, beaten, burned, and subjected to other forms of horrendous abuse in her lifetime, and in some countries, rates of domestic violence reach 70 percent. No country is immune — the violence crosses all borders and affects women of all ages, social groups, religions and classes.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... LOUD AND CLEAR. Members of the Mora-San Miguel Electric Co-op rejected nearly all of the 18 proposed changes to its organizational bylaws last weekend, and we want to applaud the membership for one big decision in particular. Requiring the utility to follow the state’s open meetings and open records laws is critical for the co-op’s credibility.

  • Letter: The impact on property values

    Industrial wind developers like to dismiss local community residents as NIMBYs (not in my back yard), when they object to development within a few hundred feet of their homes.

  • Editorial: Where is West's anger?

    Should our government have a zero-tolerance approach toward drunken driving? Of course it should. Unfortunately, the West Las Vegas school district has fallen short.

    Last year, the district’s head mechanic totaled a West vehicle in Moriarty. The Torrance County Sheriff’s Department said the West employee and a friend, another local mechanic, had gone to a bar and a strip club beforehand. Both went to the hospital after the crash.

  • Work of Art: Nothing never happens

    Two things have happened recently to make me really ponder the ways in which people communicate — or sometimes don’t.

    When people say, “We’re just not communicating,” I want to say, “Yes we are, but we’re just not agreeing.” In other words, “Nothing never happens.”

    At the risk of violating the double-negative rule (nothing, never), I’m merely saying there always is communication, but not always what we desire.

  • Editorial: Tackling the big issues

    If the Las Vegas City Council does its job, it faces uncomfortable issues. In so doing, its members may not always win popularity contests.

    At its regular meeting last week, the council voted to take the first step toward an ordinance that will raise the local sales tax by 25 cents for every $100 in purchases.