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Today's Opinions

  • Babbling Brooks - Great customer service should be the bare minimum

    There are plenty of businesses and government or nonprofit organizations providing fine customer service around Las Vegas. If you are a retail business owner who pays attention to nearly every detail and has a vested interest in growing the customer base, I salute you, and keep up the hard work that has got you to this point.

    However, if you’re the owner of one of the Vegas businesses in the following categories, I really hope you have younger new customers in mind, and I hope you can find the resources to improve in some key areas.

  • Letters to the Editor - July 23, 2017

    Media, report facts
    In response to the essay by John Stossel run as an editorial in the July 16 edition of the Optic, I want to make the following observations. Stossel says the media (I assume he means the news media) hates the current president and so they “leap on every anti-Trump rumor.”

    The job of the news media is to report the news and for years, fortunately or unfortunately, they have considered rumors to be newsworthy.

    During that time rumors have been reported as news without regard to the individual under scrutiny.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 21, 2017
  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - July 21, 2017

    THUMBS DOWN! FIX IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME
    A few months ago in this space, we wrote about a road hazard on Hot Springs Boulevard. There was a square hole, about a foot in each direction, and about four inches deep, waiting to create a costly front-end alignment job or a blowout for drivers. Workers soon patched up the traffic hazard.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Sampling a week of small-town news

    And they say nothing ever happens in small towns.

    Take a look at some of the goings-on just last week around New Mexico, gleaned from small-town newspapers across the state.

    Down the in southwestern corner of the state, the Silver City Daily Press reported on how Gary Johnson came riding through town on his bicycle.

  • Raising children in Trump era

    Connie Schultz is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and professional in residence at Kent State University’s school of journalism.

    “ You could be president some day.”

    As recently as last year, this is what we told America’s children. We said this to encourage them to banish those inner voices of doubt and imagine themselves at their fullest potential.

    See yourself in our first black president, and feel the obstacles melt away. Look at that woman nominated to be president, and hear those glass ceilings shatter.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 19, 2017
  • Work of Art: The Ayatollah Raiders?

    We were unwinding after having taken in some of the sights in Denver over the weekend. We boarded the capital city’s light rail toward our destination, which is about as close to the center of town as one can get.

    Benji, our youngest son, and his family put us up for the night in a 24-story apartment house that places Ben a short block from where he works. And what is that work? Doing computers or something. What else does anyone his age do for a living nowadays?