Today's Opinions

  • Tim Dodge’s evaluation

    We’re not sure if we’ve ever seen a performance evaluation process with more twists and turns than the one conducted recently for Las Vegas City Manager Tim Dodge. On one end of the spectrum, we have a mayor who saw no wrong in Dodge’s performance, while on the other end, one city councilor raised some valid concerns — but only in the press, after the evaluation process itself.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 14, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: The blame game

    “Some folks hate the whites who hate the blacks who hate the klan; most of us hate anything we don’t understand.”

    — from Kris Kristofferson’s 1972 song “Jesus Was A Capricorn”

    On the far right, the Tea Party has tapped a vein of discontentment by blaming the government for all our problems. And on the far left, the Occupy Wall Street forces have laid the blame at the feet of the big corporations and their greed.

  • Support school music programs

    I was surprised to see the letter to the Optic by Shelly Reins, where she says that Thomas Garcia, the Mora superintendent of schools, snubbed the music students at a recent meeting.

    The Thomas Garcia she is talking about cannot be the same person I have known for years and years. He would never snub a student. I’m sure the whole incident was misinterpreted somewhere along the way.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! VETERANS DAY. On this day in which we honor our veterans, we’re also wrapping up our nearly decade-long “war” in Iraq. The president says our soldiers there should be home for the holidays. That’s cause for a great celebration, and the giving of sincere thanks. We’re happy for the service men and women who are returning home, and we’re grateful for your dedication to our nation.
    And for those who continue to serve, wherever you are, thanks to you as well. We are safer as a nation because of your best efforts.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 11, 2011
  • Veteran's Perspective: Our real national debt

    Google the term “National Debt” and you will quickly receive the search results for millions of websites.

    Most deal with the very serious issues of government overspending and the accumulation of more than two centuries of federal deficits. Yet very few bring up the biggest national debt of them all — that which America owes to her veterans.

    Today, Veterans Day, marks the perfect opportunity for us to take an historical audit on just how much this nation owes her heroes.

  • Nuestra Historia - El Padre Polaco and his pipe

    We continue our fact-or-fiction series with the tale of the Polish priest who accidentally burned down our first church, when he fell asleep smoking his pipe — so it is said.

    He was Alexander Grzelachowski (gre-law-how-ski), the first parish priest at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, who came to Las Vegas in 1851. Born in Poland when much of that country was part of Russia, he studied for the priesthood in France, and later immigrated to the United States.