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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Roundup - Excerpts from editorials around the nation

    The New York Post on teacher evaluations in New York state (Feb. 12) — It will be 30 days on Thursday since Gov. Cuomo warned that he would draft his own system to root out bad teachers if the state Education Department and teachers unions didn’t make a deal on substantive reform within a month.

    To demonstrate his seriousness, he said he would make it part of his budget legislation — tying serious teacher-evaluation standards to increased state aid.

  • From under state’s thumb

    It’s great news that, after nearly six years, the West Las Vegas School District is finally in charge of its finances again. It’s something that Superintendent Ruben Cordova and the school board can be proud of.

    Paul Aguilar, deputy secretary of finance and operations for the the state Public Education Department, delivered the news to the school board last week, calling it “an important milestone”  for the district.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 15, 2012
  • Work of Art - Is ‘Chula’ a centurian?

    The response to last week’s Work of Art, in which I planned and planted misuses of the English language, was great. The reaction ranged from the concern that your resident Language Cop somehow had “lost it” to a let’s-do-it-again attitude.

    A half dozen readers either e-mailed or dropped off their responses, and one person went even farther, finding a stray question mark in my column and catching me on my capitalizing a word that shouldn’t have been.

  • As it is at the forums

    Increasing Las Vegas’ water rates may not be a pleasant subject, but it’s a needed topic during this municipal election cycle. It’s bound to come up in the near future. If the city is going to improve its water system, it’s going to cost a pretty penny. How to pay for it is an unavoidable subject.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 13, 2012
  • Editor's Note - Let the debates begin

    Last year I wrote a column about some “great debates” that took place at West Las Vegas High School. Educators Molly Smollett, Mike Ulibarri and Margaret M. Johnson led several students in a series of debates that I had the privilege to attend and help judge.

    Well, they’re at it again. West’s student debates are scheduled for this Wednesday and, again, I get to be a judge.

  • Honoring an unnoticed hero

    I would like to take time out of my day to thank and recognize a Las Vegas good samaritan. I prefer to call him a hero.

    On the night of Oct. 26, 2011, there was an apartment fire at the Kristen Park Apartments on Moreland Drive. This hero, while throwing out garbage, noticed smoke and jumped into action. He jumped the fences from the neighboring apartments and began knocking on the door, with an assistive neighbor. To no avail or response, this hero ran to the side and knocked on the windows.