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Today's Opinions

  • Activism and 40 years

    Activism comes in many forms. Sometimes it comes from someone who is independently wealthy and wants to give something back. Other times, it’s from someone who started at or near the bottom and learned to fight for the rights of the disenfranchised. In Las Vegas last week we saw examples of both, when Robert Kennedy Jr., son of the late attorney general, senator and presidential candidate, visited alongside Arturo Rodriquez, president of the United Farm Workers of America.

  • No one is immune

    Anyone who hasn’t been in a coma for the last few weeks knows the unpleasant truth: Our national economy is headed south in a hurry.

    In our own lives, we have received the information in different forms. For many, it’s been the 401(k) quarterly statements. Others have received memos from their employers.

  • Mil Gracias

    The San Miguel/Mora Safe Kids Coalition chapter would like to thank the following for there support, donations and contributions:

    Community 1st Bank, Las Vegas Optic, Victory Home Health, Las Vegas Fire Department, Sun Loan, Leger’s Package Liquors, and KFUN.

    This will make a huge difference in ensuring the safety and injury prevention of the children in our communities your dedication is greatly appreciated. Mil Gracias.

    William Cruz

    Chairperson

    San Miguel/Mora Safe Kids Coalition

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  • Openness appreciated

    The state hospital informed its employees last month that it was taking a $5 million budget hit, urging everyone to conserve resources. Not long after, officials found out that $3 million of the lost budget authority was restored. This year’s budget is $58 million.

    Troy Jones, the hospital’s administrator, is optimistic that his organization will receive much of the remaining $2 million soon.

  • Targeting waste

    Recently, Mayor Tony Marquez challenged the city administration to reduce the number of take-home cars and cell phones by 10 to 20 percent. That’s an acceptable goal.

  • Your money is safe at community banks

    Recent headlines would lead you to believe that money for mortgages has dried up. The truth is community banks have money to lend to homeowners for new purchases and to refinance existing mortgages. We offer the same mortgages we always have. Community banks are weathering the credit storm because we are well run, highly capitalized and among the most highly regulated financial institutions in the country. Our depositors’ money is safe with us.

  • He said, she said

    Tensions seem to be building once again at City Hall. One of the latest issues is Chuck Griego, the interim deputy city clerk.

    Griego was appointed to this position earlier in the summer after the departure of City Clerk CherylAnn Yara. Before that, he had been an archivist in the city clerk’s office for years.

  • Thanks for rapid, thorough response

    I wanted to say a big thank you to the police department and Walgreens for their quick, efficient and professional assistance in handling a situation that I was recently involved in.

    A few days ago, while shopping in Walgreens, I foolishly left my wallet momentarily on the cash register counter. When I looked back, it was mysteriously gone! The store clerk called the manager, who quickly reviewed the video recording and informally described the person who had picked up the wallet and had walked out of the store while I was fussing with my bags.