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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Get both sides out there

    I was shocked, but not surprised, when I heard that there was a gay float in the most recent parade. Later, I was surprised, but not shocked, to read that the Las Vegas Optic reported on the event supporting and only representing one side.

  • FROM THE HIP: ‘The Big Lie’

    It’s called “The Big Lie.” Hitler coined the term. Hitler believed that we, the people, actually are more vulnerable to colossal, outrageous lies than we are to small and relatively trivial falsehoods. He reasoned that the vast majority of us tend to tell the small and niggling little lies of the “that dress looks great on you” variety on a regular basis. Consequently,  petty falsehoods are within our experience and we are on the lookout for them.

  • EDITORIAL: Conversation continues

    As stated in this space last Monday, the Optic is in the business of conversations. And in that regard, we’re proud to have played a role in facilitating an open discussion last Tuesday regarding the possible consolidation of Las Vegas’ two school districts. Opinions were fairly evenly mixed between those who favor, those who oppose and those who simply had questions — and the varying viewpoints produced a healthy and vibrant discussion.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    The second annual chile contest at this year’s Mora-San Miguel County Fair was a successful event. Over 200 people came out to participate in the judging in the different types of homemade chile. The contestants cooked both red and green chile. This year’s first place award went to Amy Chavez, second place Lydia Benavidez, and third place winner Juan Ortiz. The people’s choice award went to Manuel Benavidez.

  • AS IT IS: No West parties these days

    In the spring of 2006, a woman told me at a local restaurant about a West Las Vegas schools-sponsored party that cost thousands of dollars. It was invitation only. No kids allowed.

    The kicker: It was paid for with taxpayer funds, she said.

    That sounded interesting, but unbelievable. I had a lot of stories on my plate at the time, so I didn’t put any time into pursuing this lead.

    But one by one, five more people called me up to tell me about the party.

  • LETTER: What about church, state separation?

    As a citizen of the United States of America and as a God (Judeo/Christian God) fearing person, I was surprised and outraged to read an article on ABC News Jake Trapper and Karen Travers report dated Aug. 19, that in a conference call with liberal and progressive religious leaders President Obama railed against those who were “bearing false witness” in the debate over health care reform.

  • LETTER: The truer biblical meaning

    The recent article “Get both sides out there” characterized the Rainbow Club gay float as irrelevant and nonsense. The author opined that the Optic’s reporting of the event was “tragic” on the basis of certain Biblical passages that allegedly brand all homosexuality an “abomination.” He equated homosexuality to rape, incest, bestiality, and necrophilia. He challenged a public debate on homosexuality — the specific area was left open-ended.

  • LETTER:Thanks to Moore for her stands

    To councilor Diane Moore: Thank you for looking out for the interests of Las Vegas’ taxpayers.

    We are too easy. Taxpayers get hit by federal, state, county, city, etc., for the little money available in Las Vegas and its surroundings, and no one seems to care.

    I was glad to see you stand up for the taxpayer in denying yet another big hire. Perhaps the customer service manager hire can be rescinded, also. As you are aware, I argue that our elected council persons are our customer service manager, that is the reason they are elected.