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Today's Opinions

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - June 29, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! WASTED WATER. Leaks happen, and when Las Vegas city officials find them they’re usually pretty good at notifying the appropriate people to get them fixed (we know, the Optic had a leaking swamp air unit the other day). We’re glad they take such waste seriously, especially when it comes to the larger leaks — like the old Medite line, which was found to be leaking 80 gallons a minute. Let’s hope it’s fixed soon.

  • Editorial Cartoons - June 29, 2012
  • Editorial Cartoons - June 29, 2012
  • Dulcey Amargo - Let the games begin

    We’ve got so many phrases that refer to games and our human penchant for competition, but the Greeks, in the sixth century, started something that has become much bigger than they ever imagined.

    I’m referring to our modern-day phenomenon, online games.  Curious, I did an online search of the term, which revealed that more than 500,000 apps are available for online gamers. These games are a far cry from the boxing, running, wrestling, equestrian, etc., games that the Greeks offered in their heyday.

  • Nuestra Historia - ‘Who is on trial?’

    District Attorney Luis Armijo’s role quickly receded at Carl Magee’s trial in June 1923, and the young Armijo limited his participation to jury selection.
    Once a jury was seated, the special prosecutors took over, with former attorney general O.O. Askren taking the lead.

  • Economic piñatas

    I was out of state recently, and met someone who said he hadn’t been to Las Vegas for many years, and exclaimed things must have really changed. I responded no, not really, maybe around the edges, as the population is the same as it was 60 years ago.

    When you really get down to it, folks in San Miguel and Mora counties do not want much change. Why, because when real opportunities present themselves for economic development, and the inherent change that comes with it, we always find a way to say no!  Some examples:

  • City needs to act on Dark Sky Ordinance

    Las Vegas has a dreadful problem which requires mostly just energy and willingness to resolve.  

    It’s our wasteful outdoor lighting infrastructure and practice which results in loss of the night sky experience, an unattractive townscape, quite an enormous electricity loss, unwanted light trespass and glare, and a generally unhealthy  environment. With no loss of security or utility, and with financial benefit from Day 1, we can start the process of fixing this.  

  • ‘Right decision’ for whom?

    (Regarding the June 20 editorial) So now you’ve gone and placed yourself as the final arbiter. You opine without having all the facts — you did not see the findings which our elected representatives were looking at in the case of Ashley Salazar’s “variance,” or if you did peruse the documents, you did not say so.