Today's Opinions

  • Smokin’ Joe Frazier and a great rivalry

    The world lost one of the greatest and most courageous boxers with the passing of Smokin’ Joe Frazier. Muhammad Ali may have been the “Greatest Boxer” but Joe Frazier had the “Greatest Heart” in the ring.

  • Mil Gracias

    The Las Vegas Branch of AAUW thanks the community for its support of the most recent used-book sale, on a sunshiny Saturday outside U-7, the former Baptist Church at University and Seventh. More than $550 was raised toward scholarships for women who are nontraditional students attending Highlands University.

  • Paying the consequences

    Last week’s determination by the state Occupational Health and Safety Bureau regarding the fatal deaths of Las Vegas city employees Frank Romero and Gene Hern should not be a surprise. Central to OHSB’s accusations is that that was no shoring along the edges of the deep trench — something that a union representative pointed out the day the tragedy occurred.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 9, 2011
  • Work of Art Little has changed

    Several years ago, in the pre-911 era, before we needed to open up our world to the TSA, in the name of Homeland Security, we almost missed our flight to Orlando, Fla.

    Back then, there were none of those interminable lines of people ordered to remove their shoes or subject themselves to touchy-feelie pinching, patting, probing, poking and prodding. So, though my crew arrived too late to check our bags — we needed to tote them all the way to our destination — we were allowed on the plane, even with our bazookas, pipe bombs and jumbo bottles of lotion.

  • Water now, water later

    Last week, the Las Vegas Optic published the final installment of a six-part series on water. Written by managing editor Martín Salazar, the series focused on the city’s effort to address perennial problems with the collection, storage, treatment and distribution of our water supply.

    Within this body of work, this much stands out as crystal clear and critically important:

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 7, 2011
  • Holidays with the Optic

    Time to start thinking about the upcoming holidays — to give thanks, wish for peace on earth and goodwill to all, and maybe get a cool gift or two. Then we’ll turn the corner on a new year, with an adios to the old and hola on the new — hoping and praying for a  tomorrow that will be even better than the days before.

    Here at the Optic, we’re planning several things. First, I’ll provide an overview, then I’ll tell you how you can participate.

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    Here’s what we have planned: