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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor - June 20, 2014

    No room at the education table
    As you read this letter, please keep in mind that the author is a 40-plus years-educator veteran with three degrees in education, 22 years as a classroom teacher (last stint was four years ago), 15 years as a teacher educator, and two years as a consultant for a national company.

  • Fire danger remains high

    There’s no question that the recent rainfall in this area has been a blessing and that we’re heading into summer better off than we usually do.

    But along with the rainfall, we’ve had hot days and strong winds, and that means much of the moisture we’ve had has been sucked out of the ground.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 18, 2014
  • Work of Art: ‘That’s nicht German’

    We read often about the disappearances of languages. Bill Bryson, the author of “The Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way,” estimates that currently, there are 2,700 languages; throughout history, many have died; perhaps there have been more language deaths than there are currently extant languages.

  • Flavored tobacco

    There has been a steady outcry against the sale of flavored tobacco products in recent months, and the backlash is well deserved.

    The 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act banned flavors in cigarettes because of the product’s appeal to youth.

    But the ban doesn’t currently apply to other flavored tobacco products, like cigars. The Food and Drug Administration, however, is proposing new rules that would give it authority over cigars, e-cigarettes and pipe tobacco.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 16, 2014
  • Another Perspective: Time to reform primaries

    By J. Edward Hollington

    On June 3, 2014, voters went to the polls to cast their ballot for nominees for the General Election — if, that is, they were registered as a Democrat or Republican.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - June 13, 2014

    THUMBS UP! LAS VEGAS NATIVE WINS EMMY
    A 20-second TV spot urging fans to “Use Your Seahawks Voice” at games of the world champion Seattle team, was designed by former Las Vegas resident Ileana Gonzales, a graduate of Robertson High School and Highlands. The commercial earned Gonzales and her crew, with a Seattle TV station, an Emmy. The feature can be viewed on YouTube.

    THUMBS UP! CONGRATULATIONS, VATOS