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Today's Opinions

  • Wishes for Washington

    To its credit, Congress was able to avert a crisis a couple weeks ago by not shutting down the government. But that’s about the only credit Congress  deserves, since just about everything else in Washington is currently dysfunctional.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 20, 2011
  • Work of Art: The perfect photo-op

    One of the best photo-ops in recent times came Monday morning when I got a call from Optic managing editor, Martin Salazar, asking me to hustle over to the north exit on I-25 to get some pictures.

    Taking Exit 347, I discovered that a sea of orange cones, closing the right southbound lane, stretched for about a mile. There, a number of city vehicles were towing away dozens of wrecked trucks, buses, trailer houses and other equipment that had greeted locals and tourists alike. This eyesore has been an in-your-face assault on our aesthetic sensibilities for years.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 18, 2011
  • DWI court a good move

    A new approach to drunken drivers is needed, since New Mexico — including Las Vegas — isn’t progressing nearly fast enough in getting them off our roadways. So we’re glad to see local judges taking a different tack, especially when it comes to the high-risk DWIs that threaten the public’s safety.

  • Publisher's Note: Las Vegas United

    At the risk of pointing out the obvious, and sounding like a broken record, allow me to point out once again that we live in a divided community.

    I’m not just talking about our two school districts, or the conflicting perspectives between Anglos and Hispanics, or young vs. old, or even the ugly and unnecessary resentments between natives and newcomers. I’m talking about all of the above, which is fed by the antiquated notion that someone out there is going to destroy that which we hold dear.

  • Don’t let Holman Post Office close

    The community of Holman was informed on Wednesday, April 6, that the Post Office is considering closing the Holman Post Office, which has been without a postmaster since the untimely death of Dolly Gallegos last year. The community is mobilizing to fight this, and information is our tool.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! FUN FOR A GOOD CAUSE. Saturday’s “Jamboree for Japan” was a rousing success — and a lot of fun to boot. Members of First United Methodist Church, students from United World College and other volunteers organized various “booths” in the basement of the church for such things as how to make origami and paper lanterns, write haiku poems, use chopsticks, and more.

    And the $10 admission also got you a full meal. It was all to benefit Japanese people suffering after the effects of last month’s earthquake and tsunami.