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Today's Opinions

  • Thankful thumbs

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    HOLIDAY THANKS. We hope you didn’t forget to slow down yesterday and think about all the blessings in your life. And since today is Black Friday, when shoppers turn out in droves to spend, spend, spend, we hope our local merchants will have plenty to be thankful for, too. Bring on the holidays!

  • Dulcey Amargo: Tender mercis

    No, mercy, above, is not misspelled. Let me explain. I often “suffer” from language interference, and I love it. Having an extra language or two to rely on makes life more interesting.


    We often use the phrase, “It’s Greek to me,” but that’s not my complaint. It can be Greek, Latin or one of its kin, Spanish, French, or English. It’s all my cup of tea, to use a well-worn cliché.

  • Important question was overlooked

    The response to the Optic reporter by City Attorney David Romero, stating that he had no knowledge of the violations by the city police of the Inspection of Public Records Act regarding my request for a police incident report, is confusing.

  • I didn’t say ‘junk’

    By Art Trujillo

    Did John Pistole have the timing down just right? As head of the Transportation Security Administration, he waited . . . and waited for the start of the busiest travel time of the year to surprise air travelers with three options: submit to a full-body screening, agree to an “enhanced” body pat-down or stay home.

  • Plenty for thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday. It’s centered on a great American pastime — eating — and one of the better virtues of the human spirit — being appreciative for the blessings bestowed upon us. It also consists of long family weekends together, shopping, ball games, and kicking back with family and friends. All in all, this is a holiday that can be as hassle-free, or hassle-filled, as we choose to make it.


    And here, we choose to make it the moment in which it was intended, but offering up a few expressions of thanks:

  • Fiesta forward

    The Las Vegas City Council did what it had to do last week when it set up a city committee to oversee the annual Fiestas de Las Vegas. The Fiesta Council, which historically organizes and runs the event, has for too long been obstinate regarding issues that must to be resolved.

  • A solution for Ward 4

    City Councilman David Romero has been sidelined since August because of a stroke, so Ward 4 has been unrepresented since then.

    Sure, the mayor and other council members have chipped in, but the southwest Las Vegas ward hasn’t had its own council member.


    Of course, everyone involved wants to show compassion for Romero, an auto repair shop owner elected in March. Yet there is a need for Ward 4 to be represented.

  • An outrageous property tax hike

    Attention homeowners: I received my property taxes for the next year and they went up $196.06 — almost $200 — over last year. I’ve never seen such outrageous raises on property taxes in one year. For businesses I could understand.
    I called Alfonso Ortiz, the San Miguel County treasurer, and he said the East Las Vegas schools had made a mistake in their intake of taxes last year, so we the taxpayer had to make up the difference this year, and next year they would go down again. I told him if the schools made the mistake make them account for it, not us.