Today's Opinions

  • Another Perspective: The twin ghosts plaguing our country

    By Jim Terr

    We all know it’s true on an individual level: A lie, an injustice, a memory buried or unacknowledged warps us, pains us, keeps us off course and unconscious, as we maneuver around it, rationalize it, avoid it. Until we confront it, remember it, embrace it, forgive it, let it go, apologize for it, whatever, it twists and reduces us.

    And so it is for a group of us, including a country.

  • Editorial Cartoon Nov. 13, 2015
  • Thumbs Nov. 13th, 2015

    Last Friday, just one day before the East-West game, students from Robertson High School and West Las Vegas High School met at the Bridge Street bridge and exchanged symbolic keys, a gesture aimed at showing unity. We applaud the students who took part and everyone who organized the event for showing the community that it’s possible to be rivals on the field and friends off it.


  • Editorial Cartoon Nov. 11, 2015
  • Thank you, veterans

    Editor’s note: A version of this editorial first appeared in the Optic last Veterans Day.

    “Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.”
    — President Harry S. Truman

    Those words — chiseled into stone and on display at the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C., — are just as true today as they were when President Truman said them nearly 70 years ago.

  • A work of Art: Heidi Game revisited

    It’s hard to imagine that years after a fiasco involving a television network that other geniuses would produce a rerun of that shameful act.

    How many readers can recall the infamous “Heidi Game”? It took place in the fall of 1968 and involved two leading (at the time) National Football League teams, the Oakland Raiders and the New York Jets. There was a virtual rerun of the “Heidi Game” this past Sunday, although not quite of the magnitude of the one 47 years ago.
    Let me explain:

  • Editorial cartoon - Nov. 8, 2015
  • Editorial: Pet ordinance needs a tweak

    Much work has gone into the proposed pet ordinance that the San Miguel County Commission will take up on Tuesday.
    For too long, San Miguel County has been the Wild West on animal welfare issues, with irresponsible pet owners allowing their dogs to run amok without regard for the animal’s safety or the rights of their neighbors.

    While the county already has a pet ordinance in place, it lacks teeth. The proposed ordinance changes that, imposing progressive fines and even criminal sanctions to encourage compliance.