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Today's Opinions

  • EDITORIAL: Room for improvement

    The City Council has decided to consider changes to its water conservation ordinance, which was drafted in 2001. Top state officials have touted this ordinance as a model for the rest of the state. And they should.

    But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t need further improvement.

  • AS IT IS: A mixed leadership record

    Since the Optic converted to mail delivery more than three months ago, the local post office has done a good job. Our local customers are getting their papers on the same day as our edition, just as the post office promised it would do.

    In fact, my boss was visiting his folks in Arkansas last week and his parents got their Wednesday Optic  on Friday, which, considering the distance, is quick.

    The credit for this would have to go to our local post office employees and their boss, Postmaster Alberta Ellis.

  • COLUMN: Straight to the temple

    School’s out and there’s evidence of kids enjoying the outdoors. I hope the trend lasts and youngsters continue to soak up some rays instead of overdosing on video games.

    At the moment a dozen kids are enjoying a game of baseball in the field just north of our house. I don’t know all of them, only my three grandchildren and their neighbor Soley. It’s a loosely organized game of baseball in which every time the bat makes contact, it’s a homerun.

  • LETTER: In defense of city’s police officers

    I am writing this letter in response to unsubstantiated rumors and concerns about law enforcement officers within our community, primarily with the Las Vegas City Police Department. As I read the Las Vegas Optic, I see articles to include letters to the editor. These articles are alleging that officers are violent, abusive, and not being held responsible. I have recently been hearing rumors about police officers abusing their powers and violating citizen’s constitutional rights.

  • EDITORIAL: Thumbs

    Thumb DOWN for ... WITHOUT A HOMELESS SHELTER. Members of the Samaritan House have asked the city for help with getting a permanent place for a homeless shelter. The group once had one, but it didn’t meet regulations, members said.

    Last year, First Presbyterian Church and Faith Hall donated space temporarily for a cold-weather shelter. From Nov. 23 to April 1, that shelter served 47 people, who used the facility for a total of 835 days. So there’s clearly a need in this community for a shelter.

  • LETTER: Let’s have citizen oversight of PD

    I’d like to support the proposal made in the letter by Paul Skotchdopole regarding the creation of a citizens police oversight committee. Such an entity makes only good sense and is the only fiscally responsible action possible given our society and human nature.

    Independent, transparent, and empowered citizen oversight would make police more responsive to all segments of society, more humane, and ultimately more respected, appreciated, and compensated for a difficult and dangerous job.

  • EDITORIAL: An Orwellian City Hall

    In recent months, top Las Vegas city officials have urged the community to focus on the positive in city government. Indeed, Mayor Tony Marquez has been upset with negative coverage of his administration in this newspaper.

    Now City Hall thinks it has figured out a way to get everyone to forget about recent controversies — just pretend they never happened. That smacks of the content of George Orwell’s novel, “1984,” in which officials revised history in favor of the state’s mere interpretation of it.

  • EDITORIAL: Good cooperation

    When the two local school districts cooperate on big issues, they deserve the public’s gratitude. Recently, West Las Vegas, which runs the area’s Head Start program, entered an agreement with the Las Vegas City Schools to provide early childhood program services on the east side of town.

    The most important reason for this agreement is that it benefits children. Need we say more?