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Today's Opinions

  • Focus on issues of real concern

    I was sharing with a friend how I felt about politics and how out of control it is poor examples for our communities, their bickering, mudslinging and belittling each other and posted in the Optic. If there are disagreements, issues like this should be discussed and settled behind closed doors and not to the public.

  • After-hours pet care needed

    This letter is in reference to the concern Mr. Tim Nixon expressed over the lack of veterinary service after-hours during an emergency. Just recently, I too experienced the same dilemma when I needed attention for my beloved dog.

    Mr. Nixon suggested some kind of joint cooperation between the few vets we have to offer this service and he is absolutely right. Santa Fe is too far to travel in the middle of the night with a sick animal and I am sure those who seek emergency service for their pet are more then willing to pay. So it shouldn’t be a money-losing investment.

  • Negative campaigning used by losing sides

    It has been proven numerous times that negative campaigning works to influence elections. If applied correctly, it either drives voters away from a candidate or disgusts them to the point they no longer take part in the election process. Historically, negative campaigning has been with us since George Washington. However, these two facts do not make the practice right or fair.

  • Gas prices and recovery

    As of Monday afternoon, the cheapest gallon of gas in Las Vegas was $3.57 — and it’s probably higher by the time you read this. Some oil industry analysts are saying gas prices could hit as high as $5 per gallon by this summer.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 14, 2012
  • Work of Art - What’s to fear in Vegas?

    During a recent get-together with our three sons — one brought his family all the way from Denmark, one brought his spouse from Albuquerque, and the third son brought his wife and kids all the way from next door — our conversation turned to what life was like in our youth.

    You first, Dad.

    Well, I’ve already written a million words about how it seemed that there was a tough guy on every corner, who set the stopwatch he didn’t own, waiting to pounce on a peace-loving kid from the Railroad Avenue barrio.

  • Here’s to the also-rans

    If there were an award for Las Vegas Citizen of the Year, we’d nominate Bruce McAllister. Here’s a man who serves on the Las Vegas Community Water Board, the Somos Familia board and the Public Works Advisory Committee, and he regularly attends City Council and Utilities Advisory Committee meetings — all in a volunteer capacity. He loves his adopted hometown, and shows it with an unwavering dedication to its betterment.

  • Editor's Note: Post- and pre-election analysis

    It wasn’t a very rowdy election cycle. There were numerous occasions in which the municipal candidates, 16 of them in all, had a chance to go toe-to-toe on the issues, but aside from a few criticisms thrown at Mayor Alfonso Ortiz, and one documented attack on councilor Tonita Gurule-Giron, I’d have to say it was all fairly mild.

    The runoff races, however, may stir up a lot more passion. There are big differences between the remaining candidates.

    First, take a look at Joey Herrera and Joe McCaffrey for Ward 3 council seat.