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Today's Opinions

  • Work of Art: Can we recover that lost hour?

    Did anyone show up an hour late for church on Sunday? There seems to be a correlation between the beginning of Daylight Saving Time and the number of excuses people conjure up for being an hour late.

  • Learning lessons

    We appreciated what Gary Gold had to say after accepting the position of president of the West Las Vegas Schools board. He and fellow board member Christine Ludi seemed to be excited over the prospect of having a united front when it comes to tackling the district’s problems — and for good reason, given the politics that swirled around the board in recent years.

  • Publisher's Note: Restoring monetary value

    Once upon a time, if you wanted to read the news in the Las Vegas Optic, you had to actually buy the paper.

    Then the Internet came along and the Optic went online. Then, suddenly, the hard work of our newsroom could be read for free.

    It’s a credit to the quality of our product and services (and an indication that many of our readers still prefer to read hardcopy editions) that we’ve managed to hold on tight to our subscription base.

  • No excuses for transfer station

  • The meaning of Lent, and beyond

    Lent is right around the corner, and I have been asked by my non-Catholic friends why Catholics put ashes on their foreheads, the first Wednesday of Lent.

    The way I always understood, this tradition goes back to the early Christians, and the Catholic church has continued the tradition throughout the years.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWNS! UNACCEPTABLE. It’s probably no surprise to anyone who has repeatedly been to the Las Vegas transfer station that the city would be cited for deficiencies there. More often than not it’s been a mess — unnecessarily so, even for a transfer station.  

  • Blooming Point of View: Making the right mistakes

    I used to believe mistakes get you nowhere. That was before I made all the right ones.

    When I started high school, in the fall of 2009, I had my eyes set on just one class. Unfortunately, as a freshman at Robertson, I became prisoner to the Freshman Academy, and journalism, the class I wanted most, wasn’t one of my elective choices.

  • Nuestra Historia - Las Vegas after Kearny

    After the 1846 occupation and annexation, New Mexico was brought under the civil law of the United States (Kearny Code), and government officials for New Mexico were immediately appointed by Gen. Kearny. Thereafter, New Mexico was governed by civil and military officials who received their appointments from Washington.  

    Thus began New Mexico’s territorial period, which lasted 66 years, until our old and venerable Nuevo Mexico, long a  Spanish and Mexican province, was admitted to the Union as the 47th state in 1912.