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Today's Opinions

  • Congressman under others’ influence

    There is a waft in the air. It is called politics!

    Having decided a few years ago to try to do something about the quality of leaders we are sending to Washington, I became a campaign volunteer. I have learned some things along the way. For some four years now, at the local, state and national levels, people are disillusioned (to say the least) with how politics and the selection process is so heavily dependent on money, money, money.

  • Mil Gracias - Oct. 5, 2012

    The West Las Vegas High School Class of 1962 thanks the following organizations and individuals:
     • The Dons football team for its hospitality and cooperation in more than just athletics.
    • Ms. Trish Maestas for her untiring efforts in sponsoring the WLVHS Student Council.
    • 1st Community Bank for its community support.
    • Mr. Eddy Sena for the loan of his trailer.
    • Mr. Luis Martinez and his brothers for the hay bales.

  • Going with half a loaf

    Count us among those who think the Las Vegas City Council went only half as far as it should have last Friday when it hiked the city water rates. The new rates will increase in stages over the next four years, beginning later this year, and are expected to raise $21.6 million in bond proceeds to pay for water system capital improvements.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 3, 2012
  • Work of Art - Holding up the line

    She was friendly, polite and courteous and seemingly in control. But, she kept slowing down the line.

    Before we analyze the young local checker, let me give you my take on causing stoppages, or even slowages. I say with no hesitation that I would rather paste my nostrils together with Crazy Glue than to hold up a line.

    You know what I mean:

  • The Facebook food photo

    Oh the power of today’s social media. Just ask Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez and her cafeteria staffs — they’ve had a couple of rounds of in-your-face Facebook postings that make their work look quite unappetizing and unsanitary these days.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 1, 2012
  • Editor's Note - Our ballots and their debates

    If you’re waiting on a round of Optic-sponsored candidate forums this election cycle, to help you decide who to vote for in the local races, I’ve got bad news for you: We won’t be holding any.

    The Democratic primary election on June 5 decided nearly all local races. Such is the reality of living where one party rules the day.