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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: A peevish punctuation mark

    Perhaps no mark of punctuation — this one among the smallest in the English language — has caused more grief. It’s misuse appears to be what its best noted for.

    Let me explain:

    The apostrophe (‘), that little cosa that few people are able to master, more than anything else, has caused English teachers to turn in their chalk prematurely and declare, “never again.”

  • LETTER: Explaining teacher's departure

    I have a comment to make regarding my actions as a professional and a private individual. Recently, I agreed to assume a position at Robertson High School. When I was asked if I would fill a position made vacant by the resignation of a teacher, with little hesitation, I agreed to.

  • LETTER: Can't get help at City Hall

    It is a shame when you walk in to the office at the City of Las Vegas to ask questions about your bill, or call and leave tons of messages because phones don’t get answered nor do they return calls. I walked in and both ladies from customer service and billing couldn’t help me. ...

    I received two bills that are due by April 16 and 27 because they forgot to bill me. Whose fault is that? So my question is, whom can we go to at the city offices when we have questions with our bill or need help understanding it? Because, customer service and billing can’t!

  • EDITORIAL: Keep case in Las Vegas

    District Judge Abigail Aragon made a mistake when she decided to move the case involving the murder of a 6-year-old to Santa Rosa. This crime happened here; this is where justice should occur.

    David Levi Chavez, 21, has been charged with an open count of murder in this case. He allegedly shot Jasmine Garcia as she was sleeping in her bed late one night last summer.

  • COLUMN: Luna opening its doors

    At one time, the Luna Community College Board of Trustees spent most of its time behind closed doors. Such secrecy created much suspicion — and rightfully so.

    These days, the board doesn’t hold closed meetings. I can’t remember the last time it had one.

    That’s probably because of the new president, Pete Campos. I’m glad he convinced the board that nearly all of the college’s public business should be discussed in the open.

  • EDITORIAL: Thumbs

    UP thumb ... MAKE SURE IT’S SOUND. Last week, the Las Vegas City Council delayed a decision on a proposed ordinance that would make it easier for landlords to avoid being held responsible for their tenants’ unpaid utility bills. The council opted to put the matter on hold until the ordinance is determined to be legally sound.

    This issue has been lingering for years. Let’s make sure that the ordinance, which looks good on the surface, will resolve the issue once and for all.

  • LETTER: We must hold them accountable

    With the recently released “torture memos,” we have evidence the U.S. has authorized torture in the past under the Bush administration.  We can’t afford to move on without first holding those responsible accountable.  

    I urge you to send a clear message to Congress and the White House by endorsing, in a newspaper editorial, accountability for those who designed and authorized the U.S. torture policies — policies which have endangered our national security and our national soul, and violated international law.

    Bernard Schaer

  • COLUMN: Time's a-wastin'

    The formidable challenges to public educational systems seem almost infinite, especially for those located in the economically and intellectually destitute environments of our racially and ethnically unbalanced inner cities (and in places like northern New Mexico).