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Today's Opinions

  • Nuestra Historia - The mean season begins for New Mexico

    Referring to New Mexico’s ancient capital, a Congressional committee reported in 1888 that Santa Fe “is wretchedly built and the inhabitants, with the exception of a few Americans residing in the place, are ignorant and degraded, and the place bears an evil reputation as one of the most miserable towns on the globe.”

  • Editorial Roundup - Excerpts from editorials around the nation

    The Dallas Morning News on U.S.-Mexico border entry (Feb. 19) — The legal, and vital, movement of people across the U.S.-Mexico border is seldom in the public consciousness. The national discourse is so dominated by illegal entries that we end up defining migration by an illicit act that is, statistically speaking, a gross aberration. The overwhelming number of people who enter from Mexico do so legally in a routine that stands out for its astonishing numbers.

  • Doing the right thing

    In January 2010, this newspaper ran a letter to the editor from Michael Savino of Seminole, Fla., regarding a recent 10-day visit he and his wife enjoyed in Las Vegas. In his letter, he complimented the people here as “friendly and welcoming” then went on to write about the disturbing number of  tethered dogs in town, with limited access to food and water and warmth during the cold winter nights.

    “Many of the chained dogs that I saw barked and snarled menacingly at me and my dog when I passed during my walks,” Savino wrote.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 22, 2012
  • Work of Art - The meaning of ‘omberrrs’

    Question: Take a typical Las Vegas cholo with his pants sagging to the point where one inch lower might get him arrested, and with one of the pants cuffs being swallowed by his shoe a bit more than the other.

    What is the logical answer to his situation?

    “Not even.”

    Wrong! The words might be correct on paper, but the articulation of these words proves simply that one can’t always give an accurate rendering of certain words merely by looking at the orthographics.
    Let me explain:

  • Wise move, timely idea

    The Las Vegas City Council’s decision to terminate the city’s contract with the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce was a wise move.  Public confidence in the chamber’s ability to serve the local businesses has all but disappeared, so cutting off the public funds was a necessary move.

    Now comes the formidable task of rebuilding. The city, after all, needs a chamber of commerce that effectively supports, promotes and markets the business community in such a way as to encourage economic development and job growth.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 20, 2012
  • Editor's Note - Election criteria

    Maybe it’s all the forums. I listened to bits and pieces of the radio station forums for the council and mayoral candidates. I attended the Community Water Board forums. Now I’m in the middle of moderating the Optic’s candidate forums. And next week I plan to attend the two business-specific mayoral forums being sponsored by the Las Vegas Independent Business Alliance.