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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Repeal of the death penalty

    Repeal of the death penalty in New Mexico marks an extraordinarily significant development in our society, on a level with extending the vote to women, abolishing legal racial segregation, or even abolishing slavery. In his speech at signing, the governor noted many strong reasons to make this change; it is not a deterrent, it’s racially and economically unfair, and the U.S. is alone among developed nations in judicial execution. But he said the strongest factor is the danger of getting it wrong and executing an innocent person.

  • EDITORIAL: Thumbs

    UP thumb ... SUNNY DAYS AHEAD. Colorado-based Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association announced this week that it is planning a 500,000-panel solar photovoltaic power plant in the plains between Springer and Cimarron. Tri-State has entered into an agreement with the Tempe, Ariz.-based First Solar Inc. to develop the plant, which is expected to produce enough electricity for about 9,000 homes.

  • LETTER: Charter panel offers hope for change

    There is hope for all those citizens of Las Vegas that voted last March for “change.”

    Councilman Andrew Feldman brought forth a motion to authorize a City Charter Commission, to revise the original City Charter approved in 1970 uniting East and West Las Vegas. The governing body approved the motion and seven representatives of the city have been named.

    It is difficult to imagine that our leaders through the years did not recognize the need to keep this critical document current and “living.”

  • COLUMN: Time for movie, book quiz

    It’s time for another round of whimsical titles of movies, TV programs and books. The rules are simple: React to the clue and make a minor change in the title. Most of the works have only a single letter altered, but the correct answer may also depend on a rhyme.

    For example: In this movie, Arnold Schwarzenegger works as a remorseless, opinionated and efficient hairdresser. Answer: The Permanator (The Terminator).

    Ready?

    1. Denzel Washington creates a team at Wiley College that is so good, he’ll give you a full refund if you’re not satisfied.

  • LETTER: Hospital staff deserves better

    Recently I needed to go to Alta Vista Regional Hospital for health reasons. While there, I experienced just how much the employees of the hospital deserve our praise and support for their work and dedication. Everyone in the Las Vegas/San Miguel community needs and deserves this degree of care and proper medical services. Their diligence, however, is thwarted by the hospital’s corporate owner, Community Health Systems of Tennessee.

  • LETTER: Following up on letters duel

    On Feb. 12, The Optic published my letter to the editor regarding the unfairness of the federal tax code in taxing Married Joint Filers as opposed to Single Filers, especially in the taxing of Social Security benefits. I have been trying to get our congressional delegation to do something about this inequity for the last 15 years. Now that same-sex marriages and domestic partnerships are in the news, I had more of an argument to rectify the problem that punishes Married Joint Filers when taxing Social Security benefits.

  • EDITORIAL: A Secretive City Hall

    Unfortunately, the Las Vegas city attorney is advising the City Council to keep secrets from the public. Appropriately, he tried to give such advice in secret. It didn’t quite work out the way he wanted.

  • LETTER: The money is there

    So West Las Vegas Schools are short $81,000 for transportation. Wonder if the “powers that be” ever consider streamlining, or even consolidating administrative services with their mirror organization at Las Vegas City Schools? It wouldn’t affect the funding formula for students at either district and would free up hundreds of thousands of dollars for actual education, or even $81,000 budget shortfalls.