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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial: Poor planning

    We all knew it was coming. State agencies, forced to deal with some tough budget cuts, are starting to cut back on their workforces, with 44 layoffs approved last week in a half-dozen agencies.
    It’s a sign of a tough economy, but let’s not forget another reason why the state is in this predicament. Perhaps you remember how, instead of being frugal during surplus times, former Gov. Bill Richardson and his administration spent like there was no tomorrow.
    Well, guess what? Tomorrow’s here, and so are the consequences of poor financial planning.

  • Editorial: Step backward

    Gov. Susana Martinez is taking the state in the wrong direction when it comes to rolling back the environmental standards created under former Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration. Moreover, her administration has usurped a previously open process for what appears to be some backroom conclusions to help energy producers over customers.

  • Work of Art: This water’s not pottable

    Even a close member of my family struggles with the potable/pottable issue. Which is it?
    You’ve perhaps read about the almost-give-away prices of effluent water in the city. If you’re among the purchasers of recycled water, you’ve seen and been a part of a small army of vehicles that line up at the treatment plant south of town to buy 1,000 gallons of used water for $1.25.

  • Here come the fiestas

    In less than three weeks, Las Vegas will hold its 123rd fiestas. And while it’s going to be filled with the usual staples of fun, festivities and an appreciation of our cultural heritage, there’s something different about it this year. This time around, the city itself is putting it together.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 13, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: Still learning my history

    One of the first things I did when I came to Las Vegas was to read up on the area’s history. I boned up on the gloriously rowdy history of Las Vegas, from the conflicts that the Spaniards had with the local natives, to the assimilation of Jewish families who migrated in on the Santa Fe Trail, to the intrusion of those who came in on the railroad that landed about a mile east of the original settlement. I learned that this town has Spanish, Mexican, European and American roots that created both an embattled and a diverse people.

  • Stealing from the starving

    This phrase in a recent op-ed caught my attention: “The full, stealing from the plates of the starving, simply isn’t an American ideal.”

    But that’s the state of affairs here in the U.S. today. The full are stealing from the plates of the starving. Besides being absolutely repulsive, this theft is un-American.

  • Mil Gracias

    I would like to extend my gratitude to all who purchased a raffle or raffles to help offset medical expenses. As always this great community has stepped up to help a family in need.

    Winners of the raffle are as follows: first, Olivia Gonzales; second, Joelynn Gonzales; third, Virginia Gonzales; fourth, Jessica Ortiz; fifth, Ray Gurule Jr.; sixth, Matt Sandoval; seventh, Alejandro Lovato; eighth, Darlene Ulibarri; ninth, Thelma Varela; 10th, Diana Lucero; and 11th, Brenda Ramirez.