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Today's Opinions

  • Don’t break up PDH’s staff

    It has come to the attention of the Paul D. Henry Elementary School staff that reorganization or movement of teachers will be happening for next year. We feel that due to PDH meeting adequate yearly progress for the last two years that it is a possibility our teachers may be moved to different schools that have not made AYP. It is to our understanding that the strongest teachers will be moved to service the students most in need.

  • Poor citizens in a wealthy country

    “War is making us poor,” according to Pat Leahan’s letter on Friday, April 15. Behind this ugly truth lies another. As our foreign wars expand, a class war increases at home. This class war shifts wealth from the majority of the population to super-wealthy individuals and corporations.

    “Wait.” you say, “this is America, and we don’t have a class system.” Yes we do, if you consider class based on economic rather than social standing. Consider one of many pieces of evidence supporting this claim.

  • Pivotal moment

    So here we are, in the aftermath of Osama bin Laden’s assassination. It’s a historic moment of great consequence — not for the “closure” it brings to the families of those killed on Sept. 11, 2001, but for the pivot in our war against terrorism. To have killed the mastermind of the worst terrorist attacks on U.S. soil — a death that came 10 years later, after a search that led us into two wars — means that we are at a turning point. Which way we’ll turn, however, or even if we’ll turn, remains an open question.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 4, 2011
  • Work of Art: Show us your hairline, Trump

    Birther. It must be awful to be identified by only one term: birther.

    By definition, a birther ought to be 1) someone who creates birth, 2) someone who bears a child, 3) someone like a midwife who catches babies, 4) a bad speller who offers choice sleeping accommodations to another on a Pullman train, or 5) the male child of another bad-spelling mom who expected a girl, whom she would have named Bertha.

  • Residents get the shaft

    Let’s see if we can get ahead of the outrage over the latest news that the city of Las Vegas overcharged its residents more than a third of a million dollars in garbage fees. Yes, the outrage is justified, since the city’s customers got the shaft for the city’s mistake, and it’s really too late to correct it (unless we want to see the city pass the mistake on to current customers in order to pay previous customers). But beyond the outrage, there’s a need for some accountability here.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 2, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: Who cares about apathy?

    The “Las Vegas United” piece I wrote a couple of weeks ago resulted in some positive feedback from readers. It seems a lot of people agree that this town needs to set aside its differences for the common good, and for that I’m thankful.

    However, it seems there’s another prevailing sentiment that didn’t occur to me until a couple of people pointed it out to me. This town, they told me, has too many people who just don’t care.