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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Orgullo del Norte - The great women of el norte

    “We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community ....Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.”
    — Cesar Chavez

    Women have always played a very large role in history but have received little or no recognition. It will be a crime if we do not honor our own “Norteñas.”

  • Seeking a home, forgiveness

    I am a psychiatrist and a traditional Catholic priest. I am also manic depressive, bipolar Type I. I have been taking lithium carbonate for many years.  

    I first worked at Las Vegas Medical Center in 1990 as a resident, most recently as a psychiatrist from May 2000 to May 2005.  I did not tell anyone of my diagnosis because of discrimination I have experienced in the past. Apparently my lithium stopped working during my most recent time at Las Vegas.