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Today's Opinions

  • Animals a part of Jesus’ birth

    I understand that in his new biography of Jesus Christ, Pope Benedict XVI points out that, contrary to popular belief, there were no oxen, camels, donkeys or other animals in the manger.

    I am a Catholic, but I have a tendency to disagree with our pope.

    I was but a child in preschool when I was told the Christmas story. It was a donkey that carried Mary to Bethlehem where Baby Jesus was born. We learned and sang about the shepherds and their sheep, the camels who carried that three kings.

  • Mil Gracias - Dec. 24, 2012

    Our annual Thanksgiving Food Drive was a great success again! Thanks to all who contributed. We were able to give 110 boxes of food with turkeys to needy families in our community.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 21, 2012

    THUMBS UP! OFFER AND ACCEPTANCE. The Castañeda Hotel in the historic Railroad District of East Las Vegas, may finally have a buyer. An  offer was made by Sloane McFarland of Arizona and accepted by owner Marie Eldh, although it won’t be a done deal until details such as financing are completed. Hopefully, there will be no roadblocks along the way to closing.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 21, 2012
  • A desperate Christmas wish

    My wish for Christmas isn’t a big one or even a greedy one. My wish is to bring Cindy Rivera home!

  • As for fracking, just say no

    I have already pointed out four of the misinformation about fracking that Mr. John Bemis, gave out. He also said a fifth misinformation and a veiled threat for those who oppose fracking:

  • A city-county plan more practical

    Regarding Tom McDonald’s column on Monday: As a member of the Steering Committee, I recall that during development of our Regional (Mora-San Miguel – Guadalupe) Water Plan, our local governments at the time were only peripherally involved. This may have been because there was no money attached to the plan, and therefore didn’t warrant participation given other irons in the fire.  
    When completed, the County Commission supported the plan unanimously, but the Las Vegas City Council was reluctant, and a resolution of support passed by just one vote.

  • Nuestra Historia - Optic kindled outlaw lore

    During the Optic’s first years, Las Vegas was the epicenter of vice and violence in the wild west, as many notorious outlaws took up residence in the new rail town.
    So it was that during the Optic’s formative years, Russ Kistler’s colorful coverage of the mayhem and mischief on the streets of Las Vegas, helped make the young editor one of the leading newspapermen of that era — and the Optic a precursor in creating the lore and legend of the western outlaw.