Today's Opinions

  • Work of Art: Wish to friend someone?

    In the past few days, I performed two highly unusual acts: I chose to gift a relative and to friend someone on Facebook. You say this is no big deal?

    Let me explain:

    At the school I attended three-fourths of my life ago, Immaculate Conception, in Las Vegas, our English teacher, Margaret Kennedy (after whom Highlands’ Kennedy Hall is named), drilled into us the notion that there are verbs and there are nouns.

  • Labor Day 2011

    On this day to celebrate the hardworking men and women who keep this country going, we  can’t help but wonder what’s in store for this great nation. Is the American economy teetering, as some are suggesting, on collapse? Normally, we’d consider such a view to be hyperbole — spoken by fearmongers with a vested interest in the illusion of catastrophe — but this time there seems to be ample evidence that America is indeed in dire straits.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 5, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: Thoughts on working

    If you are a working stiff, sweating away eight or more hours a day for someone who’s making the “big bucks,” there’s a good chance that you feel unappreciated.

  • Use of money inappropriate

    The use of federal monies allegedly intended to offer training and technical assistance to the West Las Vegas Head Start program was inappropriately used by the WLV school board members and staff. In this current economic climate, the information obtained in Las Vegas (Nevada) could have been easily obtained over the Internet and it (information) is more than likely included in the federal specifications for the use of Head Start monies.

  • ‘Doomsday’ no, planning yes

    “Planning for Doomsday” is not a solution for Las Vegas. We need a special meeting and take on the various real solutions (pick one) and do it, such as: Milliken Ranch, hydro dam, coffer dam to collect street runoff, another watershed, North Dakota Missouri River to El Paso pipeline, etc. We can do it.

    And while we’re at it, determine what size we want for Las Vegas. Right now it looks like “they” want to shrink the city. I too like it a small town, but too small? And no tax base?

    Russ Jackson
    Las Vegas

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news`

    THUMBS UP! FOCUS ON THE GRAD RATE. According to a recent report, Highlands University’s graduation rate is dismal, so a recent $100,000 grant from the Hispanic Association of Colleges and University is a welcome contribution to efforts to improve on that. As part of the grant, Highlands will be paired with a mentoring school that has successful retention and graduation strategies in place for minority students. Let’s hope it’s effective at boosting Highlands’ rates.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 2, 2011