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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Roundup

    The Times Union of Albany on tougher teacher evaluations (May 23) —So much for the quaint notion that top state officials and powerful teachers unions can be in surprising accordance over the very sensitive matter of evaluating teachers.

    That harmony was shattered last week when the state Board of Regents hastily complied with Gov. Cuomo’s last-minute call for students’ performance on standardized tests to have much more bearing on how their teachers are graded.

  • Safety first and always

    As details unfold regarding the trench that collapsed on two Las Vegas employees, causing their deaths, it’s becoming more apparent that this accident didn’t have to happen. And while we agree with City Attorney David Romero, who has said it’s premature to make judgments about what exactly occurred, we can also see that there are plenty of reasons to suspect that basic safety precautions were not followed.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 25, 2011
  • Work of Art: Armageddon tired of waiting

    It would have been great if people who predict the end of the world had been a wee bit more accurate. Even though the prediction of the coming rapture was a few ticks off, it certainly drew a lot of attention.

    Presbyterian Pastor Randy Campbell, for one, opened his Sunday sermon by announcing, “I’m here!” Doubtless many others said the same thing.

  • Back at square one

    So, it didn’t turn out so well. We’re talking about the well-intended but ineffective process the Las Vegas City Schools board used to find its new superintendent. Nevertheless, the district can still salvage the situation and find the best person for this all-important job.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 23, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: Great debates

    A couple of weeks ago I was asked to be a judge at a series of debates at West Las Vegas High School. What I experienced was both frustrating and inspiring.

    First, the frustration. I found it difficult to sit there without speaking up about the issues under debate. The questions posed were relevant and timely and the wannabe teacher in me wanted to jump into the fray. But I maintained my role and kept quiet — not such an easy thing to do for an inky pundit like me.

  • Listen up, city government

    I doubt that the majority of people here in Las Vegas feel that city government should have the authority to forcibly remove items from private homes and yards and to place liens on said properties, to pay for the removal; on the sole purpose of their interpretation of an ugly appearance.