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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Understanding the news business

    Regarding last Friday’s letter about negative reporting:

    Our Las Vegas Optic does a fine job of finding and reporting the community news:  Issues of safety, community events, celebrations, expenditures and other public interests are all served. The newspaper serves as the public interest watchdog by being as factual as possible. Reporting all sides of a story sustains objectivity. These are all positive contributions.

  • LETTER: Two of three ran good races

    On behalf of the honest voters of Las Vegas, I would like to congratulate Tommy Ortiz and Marsha Archuleta for a job well done. Working very hard and having sincere support does pay off even though the victory was in the hands of Tony “Vadez.”

    Tony who was appointed in the last term, had to work hard this time around or not. Could it have been the Luna Community College board members helped Tony only because he is the yes puppet (agreeing with board members’ decisions) to continue his term?

  • COLUMN: A thorough thumping

    Last week, the voters had a clear message for Luna Community College: They’ve lost confidence in its leadership.

    Just 17 percent of voters — and less than 10 percent in Las Vegas itself — approved a tax increase that would have meant a $52 annual property tax hike for the owner of a $100,000 house. If the tax had passed, it would have paid for new buildings and capital improvements for Luna.

    That’s an undeniable thumping. So why did it happen?

  • EDITORIAL: Rush to destruction

    We hope the national Republican Party is not so desperate as to actually follow the lead of radio talk show entertainer Rush Limbaugh. If they are, and if they do, they will turn into little more than a fringe party, and the Democrats will become the only party with any clout in Washington. And that would be a bad thing.

    Limbaugh’s diatribes are what’s wrong with the GOP, not what’s right. Creating a more moderate party, filled with patriots like John McCain, is still the better way to go.

  • EDITORIAL: A vote of no confidence

    There are a lot of ways to interpret last week’s Luna Community College elections, but one thing is clear: It certainly wasn’t a vote of confidence. The 83 percent voter opposition to Luna’s proposed tax increase drives that point home very well.

  • LETTER: Ready to work with new colleagues

    First and foremost I want to thank each and everyone who came out to vote during the election for Luna Community College Precinct 6 trustee. I need to especially thank those individuals who went out and campaigned for me.

  • LETTER: Fifth councilor not the solution

    In response to the idea of a fifth council member being suggested by Cruz Roybal and Morris Madrid, may I remind them that the council already has a fifth member, in the personage of his honor the mayor.  His job is to break those tie votes and he does represent the entire town.

    If a fifth council member slot is created, either as a councilor-at-large or as a representative of a fifth ward, the mayor’s position then becomes one of moderator.  

  • LETTER: Time to put horse before the cart

    There is a time to start putting the cart where it goes.