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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Thanks for vote, no matter the outcome

    I wish to thank the voters of our service area for participating in this election. The results provide the next step in our direction at Luna Community College. Regardless of the outcome, I will continue to do everything possible to provide the best educational environment possible for our students and staff.

    Pete Campos

    President, Luna Community College

  • LETTER: Las Vegas deserves better than this

    Our mayor, Tony Marquez, continues to amuse and delight. Councilwoman Diane Moore is concerned about poor morale among city employees, and justifiably so. Mayor Tony immediately addresses her concerns. He points out that he voted against pay increases for top city employees in, get ready now, 2007.  Yep. That should reassure all those folks that are concerned today.  Feel better now?  We can all rest easy.

  • COLUMN: Good schools, but not for all

    As might be expected, our two separate school districts in Las Vegas have similar approaches to supplementary educational programs, as depicted in the accompanying table.  These programs are in addition to the regular curriculum, and are largely dependent on grant money and special state funding.  

  • LETTER: ‘Innocent until proven guilty’

    In an interview with Rick Casados, the man who received so much publicity when a law enforcement officer stopped him on his four-wheeler and charged him with DWI, he stated that first of all, he did not have eight DWIs as the media reported. He also feels his rights were violated since the media convicted him before he had a chance to a preliminary hearing.

  • COLUMN: Abuse of power

    There was much hope and enthusiasm after the March 2008 Las Vegas municipal election, but that has rapidly faded. This is largely due to the abuse of power by our mayor.

    City government is in worse shape today than it was a year ago and there does not seem to be relief in sight. Our mayor is micromanaging city government, violating provisions in the charter, and acting without the consent of the governing body. The result is continued division among the City Council and no progress in making Las Vegas better for all citizens.

  • LETTER: 'No' vote was a disservice

    Way to go, Pete. Another disappointing vote from you.

    Sen. Pete Campos has voted against Senate Bill 12, the Domestic Partnership Bill. He was quoted as saying the decision was difficult because he had “a genuine desire to have equal rights to share personal holdings and be able to make end-of-life decisions for loved ones and lifetime partners.” But then he said that the California court decision on same-sex marriage prompted him to vote against it.

  • LETTERS: Mil Gracias

    I shall appreciate very much if you would add more persons to our “Thank You Note” for the Optic on the recent passing of our son Michael J. Esquibel:

  • LETTER: Optic should not be so negative

    We believe the primary responsible of any newspaper is to report the news to its readers. Beyond this, it is perhaps also to fairly conduct investigations in hopes of, as Anderson Cooper states, “Keeping them honest.” We respect the rights of the Optic to editorialize and express its opinions on any issue, however, we think it’s most unfair to not simultaneously provide space in you paper for an opinion opposing yours. Opposing views could be published on the same day in the interest of fairness to all involved.