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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 11, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: Bands stand together

    Last weekend I went to a band concert that included my daughter and her flute. I’ve been to many such concerts through the years, since my older girl also played in the band, for all of six years, and my younger girl is now in her fourth year.

    Still, Sunday’s concert caught me by surprise.

  • ‘20 years behind the times’

    I don’t get it! We have had this water problem since the end of the 19th Century. This 500 percent increase that the mayor wants, is this going to solve our problem? 

    Maybe, because many of us will just not water what’s left of our  lawns.

  • A salute to our firefighters

    I’m writing this letter to share with you the great admiration I have for our City of Las Vegas firefighters, and the volunteer firefighters as well. Two weeks ago we went to the Las Vegas Fire Station with a group of United World College students who are interning with us at the Las Vegas Peace & Justice Center.

    I was so impressed by the friendly and welcoming atmosphere. We toured the office and dormitories, and then got to see the fire trucks and other equipment they use to save lives.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN! COMMUNITY TRAGEDIES. Two homicides in as many days can really shake up a small town. Joseph H. Hernandez, 45, and Sherry Anne Clancy, 61, were killed in separate incidents only a few days ago. Two men, Richard Vigil, 47, and John Brito, 44, also of Las Vegas, face charges related to Hernandez’s death, while Clancy’s housemate, 52-year-old Tamara Smith, is charged in her death.

    All of these people — the victims as well as the suspects — resided in Las Vegas.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 8, 2011
  • Keeping Pace: Five great years at the Optic

    Five years ago I walked into the Optic with my resume in hand, knowing that the last time I wrote for a newspaper was way back in 1973. I worked as a reporter for the Torii Teller, a slick little weekly news magazine covering the Marine Corps Air Station in Iwakuni, Japan.

  • Nuestra Historia - The Romero Brothers emerge

    In the first years of his freighting business, Miguel Romero and his five sons, and other family members, made the long  journeys themselves, but soon Don Miguel was able to hire and provide for the many teamsters who would drive his  wagons along the Santa Fe Trail.