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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial: Who's really full of it?

    The Optic has maintained for six months that state law requires the city of Las Vegas to release e-mails involving a quorum of the City Council.

    Our argument was pretty simple: The state Open Meetings Act mandates that governing bodies discuss public business in the open. And that law includes all forms of communication, including e-mail.

    But City Attorney Carlos Quiñones stood in the way of openness, as is too often the case at City Hall. He told the Optic that the city couldn’t find any e-mails on its server involving a quorum of the council.

  • Work of Art: Coerced into optimism

    Much to my surprise and yeah, even annoyance, I’ve come across many people who, no matter what, cannot be coerced into optimism.

    I’ve met scores of them, possibly because that trait used to be mine as well. These are the people determined to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, who become obsessed with seeing the down side of things and who refuse to enjoy the present because, sadly, it’ll end some time.

  • As It Is: Demonizing differences

    During the recent forum on whether to unite the two local school districts, one woman claimed that those who took the opposite opinion from her didn’t have the best interests of the children at heart.

    Can’t folks disagree on district consolidation without accusing the other side of having the worst of intentions? Do we have to demonize differences of opinion?

    In this instance, I’m sure most of the people on both sides of the issue really believe that they are putting the children’s interests first.

  • Letter: Aragon should be chief judge

    The election of Matt Sandoval as chief judge of the Fourth Judicial District is not only disturbing, but I believe it sends a toxic and unfair message to young girls and women. It is a distressing message ripe with gender bias and sexist overtones.

  • Letter: Treated with courtesy, respect

    Recently I took my son to the Leroy Garcia Health Center for his pre-school immunizations. From the time we entered the door of the building we were treated with respect and courtesy by a competent, friendly staff. The receptionist was efficient and put myself and my son at ease immediately. We waited a short time for a nurse to take us to the back. She was very pleasant and interacted well with my son. He had been very apprehensive about getting shots, but by the time she was done visiting with him he was calming down.

  • Letter: Exceptional work on county road

    I would like to commend newly elected San Miguel County Commissioner Nicolas T. Leger as well as the road crew for their attention to County Road 56A in eastern San Miguel County.

    The work the road on CR 56A is exceptional and will help provide the residents of this area to travel with more ease, especially during inclement weather as these roads become virtually impassable.

    Job well done and thank you!

    J.D Maes, Jr.

    Trementina

  • Editorial: Petition a bad move

    LeeEtte Quintana, the associate superintendent for the Las Vegas City Schools, crossed the line recently when she circulated a petition in favor of her husband, Jay Quintana, a Robertson High School teacher.

    Earlier this year, Jay Quintana was placed on paid leave after allegations surfaced that he had sex numerous times with a student. The district referred the matter to the police but also conducted  an internal investigation.

  • Editorial: Water rules correct

    The city was right to enter Stage 2 restrictions last month. It meant that residents will get to water their lawns only once a week, instead of twice.

    The city’s reservoirs have plunged to around 70 of capacity. Meanwhile, the city has been pumping 500,000 gallons nearly every day at Taylor Wells southwest of town.

    We had plentiful precipitation earlier in the summer, but it’s become drier as of late. And we don’t expect great amounts of precipitation in September and October.