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Today's Opinions

  • Head Start cuts should be reversed

    First let me say that I’m really sorry to hear that the Head Start program is being cut in funding. In my younger days I was social services coordinator for the Head Start program in Cheyenne, Wyo. I was elected vice chair for Region 8 in Denver, Colo., and president of the Wyoming Head Start Staff Association for the whole state of Wyoming.

    This program is one of the most important, serving children from low-income homes, and it not only helps the child get a good head start in life, it benefits the whole family.

  • Nuestra Historia: . . . back to the Optic, since Kistler

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    For the Optic

    We found him.

    When we began this series about Las Vegas newspapers, we noted with disappointment that no photograph existed of Russell A. Kistler, the Optic’s founder. We have since discovered Kistler’s long-lost picture, and thank Ray John de Aragon for making it available and allowing us to run the photo with today’s column.

  • Another Perspective - Economic impact issues of oil and gas

    By Kate Daniel

    For the Optic

  • Beer sales a bad idea

    Attracting the Pecos League of Professional Baseball Clubs to Las Vegas was a major feather in the cap of city officials, the Las Vegas/San Miguel Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Corporation.  

    If all goes as expected, the League’s decision to field a new team in Las Vegas will lead to an increase in the number of people visiting Las Vegas during their season, boosting revenues for hotels, gas stations and restaurants. And it will give the people of Las Vegas another option for entertainment.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 1, 2013
  • Work of Art - Curses! It’s cursive

    Remember the days of yore when people used to write? We’re talking about writing in two senses: writing a letter, for instance, and also using our pencils and pens to help us create messages someone else could read.

    Being a left-hander sort of excused me from winning or even competing in any penmanship sweepstakes at Immaculate Conception School, as our homeroom teacher in third grade, Sister Mary Plena Escritura would usually say, “What can we expect from Arthur? After all, he’s a left-hander.”

  • Beware of scams

    We’ve all heard the adage, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

    Still, it’s easy to get caught up in the moment when the convincing man at the other end of the line is telling you that you’ve won $2.5 million and an assortment of other prizes.

    Pendaries resident Iona Gamertsfelder faced that situation last week. The catch: Gamertsfelder, 83, was told she’d need to hand over $500 in order to claim her prizes.
    Realizing that it was likely a scam, she refused, and the caller hung up.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 29, 2013