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Today's Opinions

  • As It Is: Good news in West Las Vegas

    Taxpayers in the Las Vegas City Schools district are in for a 30 percent property tax increase when the county treasurer sends out the bills next month.

    But on the west side of the river, residents are actually seeing a big cut. Last year, the property tax bill for my New Mexico Avenue house came in at $784. This year, $686 — a 14 percent drop.

    Hallelujah!

    That’s all thanks to the bond schedule in the West Las Vegas district. Whatever the case, I can’t stop humming the Dons’ fight song.

  • Editorial: Still more cuts

    The West Las Vegas school district is disenrolling nine children from its pre-kindergarten program. Superintendent Ruben Cordova said he regretted having to make such a decision.

    As with many programs these days, pre-kindergarten has faced its share of state budget cuts. That’s the result of a tough economy, where nearly 10 percent of the workforce remains unemployed.

    Next year, the state government will have to make some more tough decisions on spending cuts and tax increases. In Las Vegas, where the state government reigns, we’ll have to brace ourselves.

  • Editorial: Necessary change

    Let’s see now, in recent months, members of the Las Vegas Fiesta Council have:

    • Made mistakes with last summer’s event that cost money and support, but instead of working to fix the problems, they circled the wagons and blamed their mistakes on detractors.

    • Made themselves inaccessible to the public and failed to produce a single financial report since wrapping up the last fiesta.

    • Turned petty in their attacks on a 22-year-old former fiesta queen.

  • Letter: NMHU football is a burden

    Highlands football started this season with three embarrassing losses and a squeaker against another winless team. This is a wake-up call, our annual reminder of what a drag the football program has become.

  • Editorial: Don't close Union

    No well-running business would do away with its best-performing branch. Unfortunately, public entities don’t always operate in that manner.

    That became all too evident when the West Las Vegas board tentatively decided last week to close Union to make room for the alternative Family Partnership School. Indeed, it overruled the recommendation of West’s superintendent.

  • Letter: Gurule-Giron is doing her job

    In a recent article in the Optic, it was noted that addressing constituent complaints by Councilwoman Tonita Gurule-Giron did not please her colleagues because they felt the complaints should go through city employee Teresa Duran. While I feel that Ms. Duran is doing a good job, I think that councilors should be able to bring up complaints for possible resolutions during the City Council meetings, because that is what they (councilors) have been elected to do. Meet the needs of the constituents!

  • Letter: Taxpayers getting the shaft again

    We taxpayers have not even begun to recover from the Wall Street bailout and we are again hit-up to bail out Robertson High School for their mismanagement of bond funds?

    Just how much are taxpayers expected to cover-up? Many can't even afford the monthly premium on their auto insurance. Why is it the only solution is to turn to the taxpayer? Shouldn’t responsible people be held to account?

    Previously, we've had money missing from a city office where only a few individuals had access to the money. Yet, no one has been held to account.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    A couple of weeks ago Saturday morning, while at our home, my mother first fell off our porch, then, after a lengthy six-hour stay at the emergency room at Alta Vista Regional Hospital, was discharged, only to return 45 minutes later to the hospital by ambulance because of an unexpected and unrelated incident to the fall which was, then, followed by a one week stay there.