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Today's Opinions

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    EXCLUSIVE AND SECRET. The Las Vegas Fiesta Council recently sent out a letter stating, among other things, that it hasn’t kept its finances a secret from either its members or the city of Las Vegas. But it added that no one has requested the documents.
    Despite its claim to openness, no one outside that exclusive group has apparently seen its detailed finances. There may be no problems at all with the council’s books, but the group’s secrecy has bred suspicion. The council has only itself to blame for that.

  • Is the misconduct institutionalized?

    Let’s review a couple of Optic news stories from Dec. 1.

    The first story is about the Las Vegas City Schools district paying a $375,000 civil settlement for its role in the case of a former Robertson High School teacher who allegedly preyed sexually on a student over a period of several years. The former teacher is still facing 15 criminal counts of sexual conduct with a minor. Given that the district threw money at the alleged victim before she had even filed a lawsuit, it is apparent that the district was desperate to limit its legal exposure in this case.

  • Archiving items from films

    The Las Vegas Film Commission is in the process of archiving Las Vegas film and theater arts photos, posters, programs, news articles, etc. Film has been a part of Las Vegas for more than 100 years and we want to make sure that we showcase and archive our rich history for future generations.  

  • An angel for Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving is a day to thank the good Lord for all and everything that he provides for all of us. But it is also a day to thank people like Helen Rivera owner of the Sombrero Restaurant for the kindness and generosity that she extends to everyone and anyone who comes through the door on that special day — people looking to spend a day of thanks with people who are looking for the same thing.  

  • Mil Gracias

    Once again Las Vegas has shown its amazing generosity.  CROP Hunger Walk Las Vegas 2010 collected $11,438.49, a record for our Walk! 

  • Sick of bad behavior

    What we’re about to write may rub some people the wrong way. They may say we’re being judgmental. But we believe it’s time someone said it.


    As the Las Vegas City Schools board grapples with the question of whom to hire as its next district superintendent, now that Richard Romero has stepped aside amid cloudy conditions, we hope morality will be considered. Yes, morality.

  • How did we survive childhood?

    By Art Trujillo

    Martha Johnsen’s morning program on local radio often has quite interesting topics. One morning she discussed childhood games of the past. She invited KFUN listeners to phone in to provide input on what used to occupy them in their youth.


    Johnsen re-called that girls used to play jacks, boys marbles. People called in with accounts of having played Red Rover, Tag, Hide-and-Seek, Hopscotch (without Scotch), and Jump Rope.

  • Joining groups may be right

    An organization is likely not in a good position when it has to put out a press release disputing rumors that it is defunct.


    But that is exactly what the Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation had to do last week. The group insisted it is alive and well.