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Today's Opinions

  • Candidates should consider...

    Last week, potential school board members got some tips on what it’s like to serve on a board of education. The training was offered by a relatively new local group, the Community Committee for Better Schools.


    This group deserves credit for taking positive action to make sure we get good folks on our school boards. The elections are in February.
    Some people run because they’re hoping to take someone else off a board. That’s not a good reason for serving the community. One should have a genuine desire to improve our schools.

  • Aircraft noise a big health issue

    We need to know the predicted effects of training flights from Cannon Air Force Base. The city exemption is sufficient for pause. Will other concentrated population areas receive similar consideration?


    Are we likely to be rocked awake weekly, monthly or nightly?
    Are we likely to find ourselves on a preferred flight path?
    Will we have any recourse in an intolerable situation?

  • Thankful thumbs

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    HOLIDAY THANKS. We hope you didn’t forget to slow down yesterday and think about all the blessings in your life. And since today is Black Friday, when shoppers turn out in droves to spend, spend, spend, we hope our local merchants will have plenty to be thankful for, too. Bring on the holidays!

  • Dulcey Amargo: Tender mercis

    No, mercy, above, is not misspelled. Let me explain. I often “suffer” from language interference, and I love it. Having an extra language or two to rely on makes life more interesting.


    We often use the phrase, “It’s Greek to me,” but that’s not my complaint. It can be Greek, Latin or one of its kin, Spanish, French, or English. It’s all my cup of tea, to use a well-worn cliché.

  • Important question was overlooked

    The response to the Optic reporter by City Attorney David Romero, stating that he had no knowledge of the violations by the city police of the Inspection of Public Records Act regarding my request for a police incident report, is confusing.

  • I didn’t say ‘junk’

    By Art Trujillo

    Did John Pistole have the timing down just right? As head of the Transportation Security Administration, he waited . . . and waited for the start of the busiest travel time of the year to surprise air travelers with three options: submit to a full-body screening, agree to an “enhanced” body pat-down or stay home.

  • Plenty for thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday. It’s centered on a great American pastime — eating — and one of the better virtues of the human spirit — being appreciative for the blessings bestowed upon us. It also consists of long family weekends together, shopping, ball games, and kicking back with family and friends. All in all, this is a holiday that can be as hassle-free, or hassle-filled, as we choose to make it.


    And here, we choose to make it the moment in which it was intended, but offering up a few expressions of thanks:

  • Fiesta forward

    The Las Vegas City Council did what it had to do last week when it set up a city committee to oversee the annual Fiestas de Las Vegas. The Fiesta Council, which historically organizes and runs the event, has for too long been obstinate regarding issues that must to be resolved.