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Today's Opinions

  • Congratulations to Bustos, Chavez

    Congratulations, Vera Bustos! I have been an admirer of this girl’s accomplishments all through her high school and college years. She is a determined hard-working scholar star and she has now found the rainbow with a contract to play professional league in Greece with a round-trip airfare and fully furnished apartment paid by her team. How exciting is that? I am very proud of you and wish you many more blessings. When you can, let us know by way of the Las Vegas Optic how you are doing, OK?

  • Good service after hours

    My wife and I attended the recent Team Cutter/Hot Vegas Nights car show and had a mechanical problem with our show car. Having limited tools and resources, we expected a long expensive tow home.

  • Nuestra Historia - The five faces of Montezuma

    After the nationwide economic panic of 1893, the lavish  Montezuma hotel and resort  closed, although several unsuccessful attempts were made during the next decade to revive the grand destination. Finally, in 1903, Montezuma closed its doors for good, no longer attracting the rich and famous, who were by then visiting other western resorts, and traveling abroad in luxurious steamships.

  • Just a Thought: Victims or heroes? The choice is yours

    “Honey, call 911. My flight’s been hijacked. I know we’re all going to die. I’m not giving up. We’re getting ready to do something. There’s three of us who are going to do something about it. I love you, honey.”

    These were the words spoken by 38-year-old Tom Burnett 3,000 feet in the air over the skies of Pennsylvania on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, to his wife, Deena, who was having breakfast at home in California. Tom was a passenger on United Airlines Flight 93.

  • Negotiating disasters

    Flooding is the latest in a line of weather catastrophies that have struck the U.S. this year. Hurricane Irene — which did huge damage to New England even after it had downgraded to tropical storm status — has created yet another disaster, with cost estimates in the billions of dollars.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 7, 2011
  • Work of Art: Wish to friend someone?

    In the past few days, I performed two highly unusual acts: I chose to gift a relative and to friend someone on Facebook. You say this is no big deal?

    Let me explain:

    At the school I attended three-fourths of my life ago, Immaculate Conception, in Las Vegas, our English teacher, Margaret Kennedy (after whom Highlands’ Kennedy Hall is named), drilled into us the notion that there are verbs and there are nouns.

  • Labor Day 2011

    On this day to celebrate the hardworking men and women who keep this country going, we  can’t help but wonder what’s in store for this great nation. Is the American economy teetering, as some are suggesting, on collapse? Normally, we’d consider such a view to be hyperbole — spoken by fearmongers with a vested interest in the illusion of catastrophe — but this time there seems to be ample evidence that America is indeed in dire straits.