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Today's Opinions

  • AG is right on drug laws

    Harsh federal mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug crimes have done little to curb the drug problem in this nation, though they have resulted in overcrowded prisons.

    So it’s refreshing to hear Attorney General Eric Holder talking about a more rational approach to dealing with those who break federal drug laws. For instance, he is pledging to no longer charge low-level, nonviolent drug offenders who have no ties to gangs or large-scale drug operations with offenses that require stiff mandatory sentences.

  • Another Perspective — Marketplace and Medicare

    If you haven’t already, you’re going to hear a lot over the next few months about the Health Insurance Marketplace, a new and convenient way to shop for health care coverage.

    The initial enrollment period kicks off on Oct. 1 and runs through March 31, 2014. During that time, the Marketplace is likely to turn into a household word, as health insurance becomes the topic of TV and radio shows, newspaper articles, Internet messages and everyday conversations.

  • Mil Gracias - Aug. 26, 2013
  • Nuestra Historia: Ivan J. Hilton, a Las Vegas titan

    Whether before or after consolidation, few people in Las Vegas history have left a larger footprint than Ivan J. Hilton, who arrived here from Chicago in 1928 suffering from tuberculosis, seeking recovery in the salubrious climate of northern New Mexico. Born in Springfield in 1898, Hilton had been a successful Chicago stock broker and businessman.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Aug. 23, 2013

    THUMBS UP! MAINSTREET SECURES $75,000 FOR PROJECT
    Congratulations to MainStreet de Las Vegas for securing a $75,000 capital outlay award from the state Economic Development Department. The money is earmarked for renovations of the first floor of the E. Romero Hose and Fire Building on Bridge Street. The goal is to turn the building into a museum to honor the history of the city’s firefighters.

    THUMBS DOWN! EAST POSTPONES ACCREDITATION

  • Editorial Cartoon - Aug. 23, 2013
  • Two on Luna board getting a bad rap

    As a former employee of Luna Community College, it bothers me to read all the negative press Luna Community College gets in the Optic.

    I admire board members Dan Romero and Ernie Chavez for having the guts and fortitude to speak up and ask questions at duly approved board meetings. However, the Optic makes it appear that they are the culprits responsible for the alleged “downfall” of LCC.

    These gentlemen are not the ones responsible for the declining enrollment, or for submitting declining enrollment figures.

  • Water board issues call for entries

    As you well know, the Las Vegas area is suffering from the protracted drought. While we are not unique, there are several local issues that make the problems worse. The Las Vegas Community Water Board will again issue Water Conservation Awards to reward those who have contributed most to helping reduce our mismatch between water supply and demand. We also wish to use the awards’ publicity to encourage others similarly to treat our water as the precious commodity it is.