Today's Opinions

  • Nuestra Historia - ‘Lynch the Wind Mill’

    A harmless windmill was erected over a water well at the east side of the Old Town Plaza in 1876, across from the present day Parish Hall. The frame windmill rose about 40 feet above ground, and wooden ladders were used to reach both the lower platform and the derrick.

  • War came home with Lemos’ death

    I am still reeling from Richard Baca’s acquittal. The prosecution asked the jury if three bullets for three punches was fair, and the jury said “yes.”

    Perhaps it was justifiable self-defense; but as Mr. Baca himself testified, as a soldier he is trained to use non-lethal methods before lethal force.

    His training seems to have failed. It makes one wonder about the training methods of our military services, and if this war has not turned our sons into indiscriminate killing machines.

  • ‘Janice Nightengale’

    Everyone has a story about a nurse who is extra special — the one who went the extra mile for you or a family member. I have such a story. This nurse had worked at our community hospital for 40 years.

    She started at St. Anthony’s, Las Vegas then Northeastern Regional, and finally Alta Vista Regional Hospital. She’s the one who all the other nurses would call to start an IV on an infant, child, IV drug abuser, or emaciated adult because no one else had the expertise.  

  • Mispronouncing our words

    I like to think of myself as a good listener and observer. I don’t always see or hear myself and at times that can prove to be very embarrassing.

    It is always innocent but being corrected can make you uncomfortable for a while. Like when I mispronounced the name of Highlands’ president.

    Pronounced it like I was ordering at McDonald’s. I know that chances are I won’t do that again.

  • Yellow journalism?

    Yellow journalism is a type of journalism that presents no legitimate well-researched news and instead uses eye-catching headlines to sell more newspapers. Techniques may include scandal mongering or sensationalism. That according to Wikipedia.

    A man is arrested for robbing a fastfood manager at gunpoint. A woman is arrested for escaping from police custody. Another man is arrested for a stabbing incident. A man is stabbed to death in his home.

    These are all police cases within the past month.

    All were reported in the Las Vegas Optic.

  • Health care basic, essential

  • Rich don’t pay their fair share

    I have rarely read such a comprehensive justification of trickle-down economics as that provided by Janet Schwandt (letter to the editor, Oct. 3). The theory was given the more palatable but less comprehensible name of “supply-side economics” and embraced as public policy during the Reagan years, and thrives to this day.

  • Mil Gracias

    Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge recently hosted the seventh annual Concert for the Birds, a wonderful concert, and the Kids Fun in Nature Day event featuring Mariachi Cardenal Infantil. The great service to our visitors could not have been provided without the extensive contribution by many.