Today's Opinions

  • Work of Art: 7 billion? On second thought ...

    One of the greatest features of my new toy, my iPad, is the ability to add “apps,” that is, applications that do different things. The one I like but can’t control is named, simply, “Population.”

    It resembles a car odometer. It’s digital, and the columns showing units and tens run fast. Last Friday, the last time I checked before now, the count was 6,9099,587,471. The time was 5:33 p.m. Watching the counter moving, I timed it for exactly one minute, during which the estimated population climbed by 148 people.

  • Have a safe Halloween

    It’s that time again — a single evening of fun for the whole family, a night of trick-or-treating and handing out candy to cute little kids and older people who, at least for one night, just don’t want to be grown up.

    It’s a great tradition — one that shouldn’t be cut short by an unnecessary accident.

    Here are two words to keep in mind as you and your children enjoy the evening: supervision and observation.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 31, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: Politics and hiring at Luna

    A few hours before a scheduled Luna Community College Board of Trustees meeting on Oct. 20, I heard a rumor that the board was about to remove Pete Campos as president. Some board members were not happy about being left out of certain hiring decisions, I was told, and they had the votes to fire Campos.

  • Living the ‘change’ today

    The Oct. 14 letters to the editor were entertaining. One person believes 9/11 was an “inside job” (just as there are those who think we didn’t land on the moon and the Holocaust never happened?), one apparently fails to consider she has a choice whether to drive a car in the first place (unlike the requirements of “Obamacare”) and another appears to prefer today’s economic times to those of the Reagan era.

    Just goes to show you, whether people are viewing a piece of art or writing, it is through the prism of what they want to see.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! RECYCLING PROGRESS. The city of Las Vegas is about to play host to two collection points for the countywide recycling program. One will be at the corner of Hot Springs Boulevard and Mills Avenue; the other at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center at 1751 North Grand Ave. The sites will be fenced and city officials are determined to keep the area clean.

  • Nuestra Historia - Starvation Peak; Pablita’s conclusion

    An old and intriguing legend is that Spanish settlers, pursued by hostile Native Americans, took refuge and starved atop El Cerrito de Bernal, a small butte rising 7,031 feet, about 12  miles southwest of Las Vegas. As a result, since anyone can remember, the small mesa has been called Starvation Peak.  (Cerrito means small mountain, and the first written reference to El Cerrito de Bernal was in  1794,  in the description of the San Miguel del Bado land grant, which designates the butte as the grant’s northeastern boundary.)

  • Editorial Cartoons - Oct. 28, 2011