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Today's Opinions

  • Thank you, governor

    We may not always agree with Gov. Susana Martinez, but when it comes to water issues and her staunch support for the city of Las Vegas’ water infrastructure needs, we have nothing but praise for her.

    Back in November, Martinez challenged state lawmakers to set aside $112 million of this year’s capital outlay funds for water and waste water projects across the state. Her reason was obvious.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 5, 2014
  • Work of Art - No bang for our bucks

    There can be no doubt — no doubt whatsoever — that Sandra Bullock ranks second in the pulchritude department. She’s gorgeous, just a step below Katherine Zeta Jones.

    But let me explain:

    I’m not one of those callow teenybopper reviewers who go gaga over anyone who’s relatively attractive. I’ve given up on inviting Marilyn Monroe into my dreams, to make room for KZJ, and in her absence, Sandra Bullock.

    But the more I type these three names, the more I feel like the kind of dizzy fan I criticize.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 3, 2014
  • Please vote

    Nearly two months ago, candidates for the municipal judge post and two City Council seats declared their candidacies. Since then, most of them have been going door to door making their cases for your vote.
    Now it’s up to you.
    Tuesday is Election Day. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Registered city voters can cast their ballots at either Robertson High School’s Michael Marr Gymnasium or the West Las Vegas High School gym. There is no wrong place to vote.

  • Another Perspective - Legislature tackled serious issues

    The 2014 legislative session will be dubbed the “no-nonsense session.”

    Legislators worked extremely hard to forge compromises on everything from the $6.2 billion state budget to proposals to ensure that college students still get help from the lottery scholarship program; from paying for water projects statewide to saving our local hospitals; and from banning texting while driving to protecting schoolchildren from life-threatening allergic attacks.

  • Read with your children

    If you’ve ever shared a book with a child, you know the joy and excitement this small but meaningful act can bring. But, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, since 1993 only 53 to 58 percent of children ages three to five received this joy on a daily basis.

    We can do better! Simply reading daily with a child does require parents, older brothers and sisters, and other caring adults to add yet another hat to the many they already wear to care for and raise a child. But by adding the reading hat to your collection, you also add great rewards:

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Feb. 28, 2014

    THUMBS UP! FINALLY, A DECISION
    We can’t say we’re surprised that the Las Vegas City Schools District and Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez are parting ways. The writing has been on the wall for months, and, frankly, we’re glad that the board is pursuing new leadership for the district. We’ve heard some grumbling in the community about the board deciding to place McNellis-Martinez on paid leave until her contract expires at the end of this school year. In our view, it’s money well spent if it makes the transition easier for the district.