Today's Opinions

  • The better side of the U.S.A.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 4, 2012
  • Work of Art - No instant replay in 1912

    Super Slo-Mo (that’s a term I believe I’ve just made up), instant replay, zoom lenses, extra-sensitive mikes: they’ve spoiled it for all of us.

    Let me explain:

    It was exactly this time 100 years ago that Las Vegas became transformed from a sleepy little town to an active little town, with the hosting of a world heavyweight championship bout.

    Those of you who read our Page 1 Looking Back feature may be aware that the Fourth of July festivities that year included a fight between Jack Johnson and Jim Flynn.

  • Fiestas time!

    The fact that, this year, New Mexico is celebrating its centennial while Las Vegas’ annual Fiestas have been around about a quarter of a century longer than that says a lot about how deeply rooted this festival is. In the air this year is an extra dose of pride, as veterans are being honored and statehood is being celebrated.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 2, 2012
  • Editor's Note - Festivals here and abroad

    In honor of the fiestas that grace our landscape, last year at about this time I wrote a column about some of the festivals I’ve experienced up close and personally.

    There’s Toad Suck Daze in my old hometown of Conway, Ark. It’s named after an area along the banks of the Arkansas River where, legend has it, people used to go to suck on bottles of booze “until they swelled up like toads,” giving Conway a novel name for its festival that, actually, has nothing to do with Toad Suck but has drawn national attention anyway.

  • Mil Gracias - July 2, 2012

    The family of Tibor K. Remenyik appreciates the community support given to us as we are adjusting to the very changed condition of our lives. The memorial celebration recalled the many contributions he made to various groups that contribute to the quality of life for all of us.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - June 29, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! WASTED WATER. Leaks happen, and when Las Vegas city officials find them they’re usually pretty good at notifying the appropriate people to get them fixed (we know, the Optic had a leaking swamp air unit the other day). We’re glad they take such waste seriously, especially when it comes to the larger leaks — like the old Medite line, which was found to be leaking 80 gallons a minute. Let’s hope it’s fixed soon.