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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial: Get your kid to read

    Summer vacation is almost here. But there’s a downside to the nearly three-month summer break that students are about to begin.

    It’s called the summer slide, a well-documented phenomenon where students lose reading proficiency during the summer months. It happens because so many students abandon books during the summer in favor of television, sports, X-box and other things. 

    The decline in reading proficiency is a serious problem, one that parents and everyone else who cares about children should be aware of.  There is a simple solution.

  • A work of Art: Going extremely high tech

    Just when I thought it was safe to close the chapter on the topic of homeless mendicants in the Meadow City, I received a report that I once thought would happen only in the movies.

    And though I’ve admitted in at least two previous columns that I’m one of the biggest offenders with my enabling, sympathizing, empathizing, mealy-mouthing, dollar-giving manner, it’s possible that I’ll come across today as being critical of those who camp near restaurant entrances an gas station to beg for money.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself: A good friend makes all the difference

    Day One of our Route 66 adventure in January 2015 had its stops and starts. When visiting Carl Sandburg’s home in Flat Rock, N.C., I had purchased the book on tape “Abraham Lincoln: the Prairie Years.” I had always intended to read Sandburg’s definitive biography so now we would cross the prairie listening to his words. By the second CD, I couldn’t bear the narrator’s raspy voice.

  • Editorial Cartoon: May 22, 2016
  • Editorial : Give teens an opportunity this summer

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from the Minot (North Dakota) Daily News  and was originally published on May 16.

    It’s not a groundbreaking observation to point out that many businesses are very much in need of good employees...

  • Another Perspective: A different approach to teaching

    The school year is almost at an end, giving us in the community the opportunity to reflect on the state of education here in Las Vegas. The crucial need to help our children improve their level of academic understanding, as the key to our future, has been thoroughly noted in letters to the editor and articles in the newspapers. What can we do to make sure the children and young people of Las Vegas find success in our schools?

  • Letters to the Editor - May 22, 2016

    Get out of the way of emergency vehicles

    I’m not sure if it is a local custom, literally just sheer ignorance or just absolute selfishness, but come on people!

    Today I stopped at the end of my road, at 518 and waited for a caravan of vehicles to pass, before then checking to my right again. I immediately noted a state police vehicle coming southbound with lights on.

    I waited and then pulled out after the state vehicle. I was able to follow at about 60 mph and watch the disgusting show ahead.

  • Just a Thought: It was not supposed to happen this way

    God takes a loved one away before their time. A young person chooses to get hooked on drugs. Your employer sells his business and leaves you jobless. Your spouse has an affair. The stock market crashes.

    What now? You might look up to make sure a piano isn’t about to fall on your head. At times like this you are walking a valley and it seems there is no way out.

    It’s not in the script. It wasn’t supposed to happen this way. But it has.