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Today's Opinions

  • Writer responds to column

    This is a follow up to Mr. Tripps recent, interesting comments and thoughts regarding “42” the Jackie Robinson story. My take on this movie is if you went to see Chadwick Boseman’s portrayal of Jackie Robinson you might be disappointed.

    Admittedly, I went to the movie expecting to focus on the Jackie Robinson story, but low and behold, I was captivated by Harrison Fords stunning portrayal of Branch Rickey. Just imagine for every hate letter Jackie Robinson received, Branch Rickey received 10 or more.

  • Don’t use self checkout counters

    Has anyone else noticed the sudden increase in self checkout counters at Wal-mart? Has anyone stopped to think how many of our fellow community members have lost their jobs because of this increase?

    I say don’t ever use a self checkout counter. Wait in line if you have to. If the lines are too long, go up to the manager and ask them to open another register. They can’t make us use self checkout.

    I don’t want to be responsible for my neighbors and friends losing their jobs. We are all struggling enough to get by and pay our bills.

  • Mil Gracias - July 19, 2013

    I am writing this letter to thank all of the following groups and individuals for helping me to prepare for my competitions.

    The Sunrise Kiwanis Club, Noontime Kiwanis Club, Mora Farmers Forum, Las Vegas First, Las Vegas City Schools, Tecolote Land Grant Group, Clean Water, Air and Earth, Las Vegas Key Club, Mr. Marshall Poole, Dr. Anselmo and Helen Arellano, Mr. Tim Crofton, and of course my former FFA advisor, Mr. Thomas Clay.

  • Right call by East board

    Congratulations to the Las Vegas City Schools Board of Education for its courageous decision to revert back to a five-day school week when classes begin in August.

    We had serious concerns about the four-day week from the beginning. Chief among them was our feeling that it’s just not possible to cram five days of instruction into a four-day week, no matter how dedicated teachers and students are.

    The teachers we have spoken with echoed that concern.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 17, 2013
  • Work of Art — Zip-adee-do, Dad!

    “Nice going, Hemingway!” I thought to myself as this 230-pound body, tethered to a harness, sped down a slope called Inspiration Point, near Branson, Mo.

    Imagine a 75-year-old man fantasizing about running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, a subject Ernest Hemingway wrote about, or in the style of George Plimpton, imagining that an average writer would play quarterback for the Detroit Lions, the inspiration for “Paper Lion,” a book and movie about such an accomplishment.

  • Dysfunction at Luna

    Just when you think things can’t get any worse at Luna Community College they do.

    Key employees are fleeing. The president is being forced to get permission for the most basic of decisions, such as posting a job description for a position that is already budgeted or hiring a janitor who received the highest ranking from a committee. And some board members seem more intent on twisting facts, creating chaos and rigging the system to benefit themselves and their family members than on doing what’s best for the institution and its students.

  • Another Perspective - The right to ban fracking

    Splashed across the front pages of the Optic several weeks ago, Danelle Smith’s legal opinion on the constitutionality of the Las Vegas anti-fracking ordinance has certainly drawn some attention.

    But what Smith’s opinion doesn’t mention is even more important than what it does.

    Indeed, you could look through it for hours — days even ­— and you’d fail to find an answer to the one basic legal question that Smith specifically avoided.