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Today's Opinions

  • Editor's Note - Defining the center

    Here’s my take on the political center, which is a mighty important place to be this year, since a relative handful of independent moderates are going to decide the presidential election.

    You’re in the center if:
    • You believe in government, under restraints. You think government should be smaller in its size and scope, but it should also be big enough to look out for and respond to citizens’ needs. You realize that government is sometimes part of the problem, but you also know it’s the solution from time to time.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - Oct. 5, 2012

    THUMBS UP! HONOR FOR AN HONORABLE MAN. We hope former coach and Las Vegas mayor Henry Sanchez, who died last November at age 72, is smiling down right down. Highlands University has named the basketball floor in the Wilson Complex in his honor. Sanchez had a storied career as a New Mexico high school and college basketball coach, including as coach of the Highlands men’s team en route to a 702-450 won-loss career record.
    The lives he touched were immeasurable. We’re glad to see Highlands bestowing this honor on him.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 5, 2012


     

  • Nuestra Historia - Early schools prospered in East Las Vegas

    Education is dominantly interwoven in the tale of two cities, from their earliest days. Just as Catholics had done in Old Town beginning in the 1860s, Protestants established New Town’s first school, the Las Vegas Academy, built in 1880 at the southeast corner of Douglas Avenue and 12th Street. By 1886, the impressive two-story brick school had an enrollment of 121 boys and 10 girls, and seven teachers provided instruction.

  • Faith isn’t an either/or choice

    In his letter published Sept. 28, Frank Splendoria says the need for personal responsibility and self-reliance has been supplanted by governmental “oversight and control” and this somehow threatens our faith in God. Personal responsibility has always been and remains the foundation of this or any civilization. It is our responsibility to provide for our families yet it is also our responsibility to act in ways that will not harm others. It is our responsibility to care for those around us and it is our responsibility to leave nature unharmed.

  • Who’s really at ‘war’ with women?

    Is there really a “GOP war on women” as stated in a Sept. 14 letter to the editor, “Reproductive rights an economic issue”?
    • Just because conservatives do not want added taxes to pay for redundant programs? Planned Parenthood, state and local agencies already perform abortions and provide contraceptives.
    • Just because Big Government is overriding our constitutionally granted religious freedoms and personal beliefs by forcing private organizations to provide such services for others’ lifestyle choices?

  • Distortions need to be addressed

    We all have our pet “issues” which we hope will be addressed in the upcoming presidential debates. For me, the overriding issue I hope to see discussed is the strange and disturbing trend whereby a moderate, hardworking president is somehow transformed into a socialist, Muslim, America-destroying demon.

    President Obama has had four years to address and illuminate this alarming process — given all the opportunities — and I fault him for not having done so.

  • Ben Ray Lujan’s ‘war on women’

    In May 2012, the New York Times announced, “The House …rejected a measure that sought to impose fines and prison terms on doctors who perform abortions on women who are trying to select the gender of their offspring — a practice known as sex-selective abortion.” Ben Ray Lujan voted “no,” which will allow this practice to continue. If we want a baby boy, it’s OK to terminate unborn baby girls.