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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 11, 2011
  • Air as a ‘public trust’

    Desperate times call for desperate measures. That could well be the battle cry for a group of litigants who are targeting states with a legal effort to force government intervention on climate change.

    Last week, The Associated Press reported on an effort being mounted to get earth’s atmosphere declared a “public trust” and therefore deserving of special protections. It’s an approach that helped clean up polluted rivers and coastlines in times past, and its proponents think it might just work in this case, too.

  • Work of Art: Not exactly a barrel of fun

    Video games have spoiled it for many of us. We have grown so inured to realistic things coming toward us that I fear too often we don’t know how to react when danger is imminent.

    Let me explain: Many years ago, we brought some friends home from a dance at Immaculate Conception School. Because my dad was the first one on his block to own a genuine adjustable camera (an Argus C-3), he wanted to take a group photo of us.

  • Greatness and giving

    We live in a generous community. A lot of people give their time, attention and energy to help others. It seems that Las Vegas brings out the better nature of our inhabitants.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 9, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: A formidable future

    Do you ever think about the future? Well, don’t dwell on it for too long, or you’ll have to rethink it all over again.

    That’s how fast it’s changing.

    Think of history as a line. Up until modern times, it was pretty much a straight line, in which one event led to another in a relatively predictive manner. Things didn’t always make sense at the time, but they usually did when we looked back on them. The line of knowledge and invention angled upward, but it was still basically a straight line.

  • San Miguel County can do better

    When oil companies donate to conservation groups, it’s called “reputation insurance.” Questionable businesses donate to schools to be “good neighbors.”

    Industrial wind energy is very big business. Subsidized by government via taxpayers, wind developers are surfing the green wave of renewable energy.

  • Plan will likely hurt, not help

    I read with concern about the plan of the Las Vegas City School Board to improve student performance at struggling schools in the district. The idea, as presented in the Optic, seems to be this. Students at Paul D. Henry are performing well. That means that the teachers at Paul D. Henry must be doing a good job. So the obvious conclusion is that if we move those good teachers to other schools, the performance of the students at the other schools will improve.