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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Mil Gracias

    On behalf of the Las Vegas Children’s Dance Theater, a mil gracias to the following individuals who donated artworks, services and other items of value for our successful silent auction at our recent performance at Ilfeld Auditorium: Sandi Ault, Rebecca Bourbon, Tito Chávez, Louise Cordova, Steve Ediger, Ray Finck (Ray’s Woodworks), Percyne Gardner, Cristina Gonzales, Andrea Gottschalk (Unikat Fine Jewelry), Susan Hayes, Vince and Vicki Howell, Susan Livermore, Caetano Mendoza, Mary Miller, Julianne Salman, Karen Spitzer, Sharon Seto, Christopher Thomson, Susan West and M

  • Editorial: Controls needed

    The city’s billing department has lacked good internal controls — something on which everyone involved seems to agree.

    According to a recent audit, nearly 90 percent of transactions in the billing office come without all of the required documentation. Out of 100 receipts, the auditors couldn’t match 57 of them to corresponding deposit slips. Twenty-three of the receipts involved cash, but auditors stated that they couldn’t verify if any of them were ever deposited.

  • Editorial: Youth voice

    Molly Salman is following in the footsteps of three  previous students to serve on the Las Vegas City School Board. April Esquibel, Audra Martinez and Brandyn Jordan have each served the district and its students well in their respective years on the board.

    Salman is a top-notch student and a great choice for the job — and she’s already bringing ideas to the table. She, like the other student board members, will bring a fresh perspective to the meetings.

  • Letter: Legislative intent is obvious in case

    District Attorney Donald Gallegos recently announced his decision to dismiss charges against Robertson administrators, namely, the superintendent and athletic director, and former coaches.  As much as I respect Mr. Gallegos, I disagree with his analysis and conclusion concerning these cases.

  • EDITORIAL: Real reform to health care

    The U.S. Census reported last week that one in four New Mexicans lacks health insurance — the second highest rate in the nation. Only Texas has a higher rate of uninsured.

    Disconcerting news, yes, but not devastating  because, well, health insurance just isn’t what it’s cracked up to be.

    Here are a couple of loaded questions: What’s the biggest reason for personal bankruptcies in the United States? Yes, it’s medical bills. And what do three-fourths of those who file for bankruptcy have? Believe it or not, it’s health insurance.

  • AS IT IS: Governor has favored elites

    Bill Richardson has been New Mexico’s governor since 2003, and he has done some good things since taking the helm.

    His all-out effort against drunken driving has seen some success. And unlike his predecessors, Richardson has made economic development a priority, and that includes the film industry, which has benefitted Las Vegas.

  • LETTER: Dissent doesn't equal disrespect

    An open letter to Congressman Joe Wilson (and those who support his outburst):

    Presidents and their administrations come and go. This country was founded on principles and institutions — and not on individuals. The fastest way to erode the very foundations of this country is to legitimize the disrespect and contempt of these very foundations.

  • LETTER: Medicare is more efficient, too

    I would like to add to Glenn Yocum’s letter to the Optic published Sept. 11. Glenn’s letter indicated that he had received superior service from Medicare personnel than he did from any private insurer he contacted.  

    While I would echo his comments from my own experience, I would add something Glenn may not know. Medicare provides superior service at a much lower cost. The Medicare program spends 97 cents of every tax dollar they receive paying benefits and only 3 cents on administration.