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Today's Opinions

  • Editor's Note - Throwing a pity party

    Think I’ll throw myself a pity party.  I caught a cold, I’m overworked, I’m gaining weight from my comfort food and I have no company to enjoy my misery with, so I’m in good shape to invite you in as I feel sorry for myself.

    Join me as I lay out some of the reasons why my life sucks:

  • Tell whole truth on global warming

    After reading your article on mixing oil and water (Editor’s Note by Tom McDonald, Dec. 3), I felt compelled to reply. I don’t know you — but I’m not making any judgements here. As a journalist and an editor, I believe the whole truth needs to be told to the public and I find your views one sided and unreliable.

  • Revisit policy on effluent water

    An open letter to the mayor and councilors:

    My family and I live in an historic district of Las Vegas. My wife and I have roots here going back many generations. We love our community and support any and all efforts to improve and beautify it.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 7, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! ANOTHER LEAK. Once again the city of Las Vegas has been battling a big leak in its water line, this one to the tune of an estimated 110 gallons a minute, or 158,000 gallons a day, when it was at its worst. That’s considerably worse than the last big leak, on the old Medite water line, last September.
    The same contractor that fixed the Medite line leak was brought in to fix the water treatment plant line. Here’s hoping for a long-term fix.

  • Dulcey Amargo - ‘Tis the season

    Thanksgiving is behind us, and we’re sated and, perhaps, overstuffed, but there’s more “stuff” and nonsense in the works.

    Christmas and New Year’s Day are on people’s minds, and so is the word “holidays.”

    And that they are, but there’s a bone of contention for some people when someone says, Happy Holidays.

    Well, they are holidays, and we want to be happy, but whatever happened to our “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and Mele Kalikimaka,” as my Hawaiian roommate, Betty Ganiko, taught me over 40 years ago? And we mustn’t forget Happy Hanukkah, either!

  • Streets trashed after light parade

    Trash, trash and more trash was all over the streets of Las Vegas that served as a route for the “beautiful” light parade.

    It is amazing that people can sit there eating and drinking while they watch this beautiful entertainment that the city has put together for their enjoyment, and then get up and go home, leaving all their trash behind.

    The city streets are part of our habitat, just as our homes are. However, I don’t think we would just leave trash in the same manner at our homes.

    Geneva Benavidez
    Las Vegas

  • Be a hero, help return service dog

    It has now been four weeks since my black-and-white Shih-Tzu was abducted from my house area.

    This little dog is more than a pet, she is a family member. She is my service dog; I am a disabled veteran.

    I plead with the person who has her to return her. I am still offering a reward and no questions asked. Please call 429-4972 or 429-4515.

    Maybe you don’t have her, but look around, does a friend or neighbor? Please encourage them to do the right thing. Be my hero as I was when I served for your freedom. Please help bring her home.

    Charlotte Wootton
    Las Vegas

  • Nuestra Historia - Kistler’s Optic spurred racial divide

    In 1979, a century after Russell A. Kistler founded the Optic, beloved Optic editor Lois Beck wrote of her predecessor: “Kistler had unabashed contempt for all other racial and ethnic groups but his. ‘Mexicans’ were barely tolerated by him, positively not considered ‘Americans’ even after Kearny told them they were. This racial dementia was so much a part of him that he disclosed it unconsciously, as well as deliberately. No, Russell and I didn’t belong in the same century and certainly not in the same town.”