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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • LETTER: Praise for new city manager

    I am so glad that the city stopped “saving money” and hired a city manager. This young man from Santa Rosa grabbed the “bull by the horns” at his first City Council meeting.

    The issue was the roundabout on Lee Avenue. There were several solutions offered from the public and quotes about the wants of the neighborhood thrown about. First shot out of the box, our city manager calls for a public input meeting the following Monday evening.

    Eighteen citizens were in attendance and voted. Did you hear me? I said voted their wishes to the city manager.

  • COLUMN: Make public info easily available

    Over the last year, the city has seen some improvements on its web site. And that probably has something to do with the fact that the Internet is second nature to Mayor Tony Marquez, who started last March. He insisted on a better site when he took over.

    That’s in sharp contrast to our last mayor, Henry Sanchez, who didn’t use computers at all. Not surprisingly, the city’s Internet site was a backwater during Sanchez’s reign.

  • LETTER: Campos right to oppose bill

    I would like to repeat something written and published in the March 6 weekend paper.

    “Way to go, Pete!” the only difference is that I’m saying it with respect and gratitude, rather than angry sarcasm, toward our Sen. Pete Compos.

  • LETTER: Thanks to Wid Slick for work

    The Las Vegas/San Miguel Chamber of Commerce and its Board of Directors would like to thank Wid Slick for his hard work and dedication during his term as a board member.

    We wish you good luck and success in the future.

    Diana Ortiz

    of behalf of the

     LV/SM Chamber of Commerce

    and Board of Directors

  • LETTER: Always welcome when he’s home

    I was recently home on leave from Iraq and I must say it is always wonderful to come home to Las Vegas. I always feel so welcome everywhere I go while I am home.

    I would like to take the time to thank the people that have helped me out by sending me stuff and done other things to support me: Aggie Santillanes from Memorial Middle School, Steve Lucero from Highlands Wrecker Services, the wonderful ladies from Las Vegas Conoco on Seventh Street.