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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Time for real health care change

    I am flabbergasted by the farce that is labeled the “health care debate” currently playing out in Washington D.C. and in the media.

    Each one of us has entered a local store and seen a container near the check-out counter with a label asking for donations to help someone in need of medical treatment. Nowhere else in the industrialized “developed” world would such a request be seen. Why not? Because nowhere but in these United States is health care rationed either by one’s ability to pay or by a bunch of profit-hungry insurance bureaucrats!

  • WORK OF ART: I-strain: a word for inflation

    Just a few weeks before my 70th birthday in April, a friend from High Rolls, N.M., sent me a booklet that tells all about my birth year, 1939. It’s an easy-to-read booklet whose facts I can hardly believe.

    Let me explain:

    All my life I’ve refused to believe that things could ever inflate as many as 10 times. For example, if I could buy a Coke for a nickel during my youth, I would never expect to pay 10 times that amount or 50 cents, even if I lived to be a hundred.

  • EDITORIAL: Get experts to debate

    During Mora County’s public hearing on oil and gas drilling, everyone agreed on one thing: Mora County is one of the most beautiful places in the world. And, indeed, the view is incredible.

    Many of the speakers at the hearing said they didn’t want anything that would spoil the scenery, and in their minds, oil and gas drilling would do just that. They also contended that the drilling would cause water and air pollution.

    To help their arguments, some ranchers came in from San Juan County to talk about the negative impacts of natural gas drilling there.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    The inaugural Inside Adobe Walls festival took place June 27-28 at the Inn on the Santa Fe Trail, and was a big success.

  • EDITORIAL: Charter changes

    The city’s Charter Commission, charged with reviewing the city’s most important document, is busy these days, preparing to hold public meetings in all parts of town and make recommendations to the Las Vegas City Council in early September.

    We’re looking forward to the input citizens will have on what should and shouldn’t be changed in the city charter, and thought we’d get our two cents in early:

  • LETTER: A one-side, gender-biased case

    This letter is in reference to the unfair and brutal stabbing death of a young male individual that left an 8-year old without the loving, caring presence of his father.

  • EDITORIAL: System failure

    The disheartening story about lifelong Las Vegas resident Gordy Thatcher and her struggle to maintain and keep her home on Tilden Street is a tale of systematic failure — on the part of social services, the city and private individuals with the best of intentions.

  • LETTER: Standing should be mandatory

    The Public Education Department recently held a public hearing on a rule change that would allow students to choose to opt out of the daily recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. The opportunity for written public comment will continue through 5 p.m. on July 27, so it’s not too late to express your opinion.