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Today's Opinions

  • Leaving no one behind

    When President Obama spoke on Veterans Day at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, he spoke as if the United States never leaves any veteran behind. “We take care of our own,” he said more than once. It was inspirational rhetoric, but it’s not altogether true.

    On the battlefield, a soldier is taught: leave no one behind — it’s something they strive to do even though it’s not always possible. But when soldiers return home, far too often they are left to fend for themselves.

  • Editorial Cartoons - Nov. 14, 2012
  • Work of Art - Hey, the election’s over

    I want to shout out — to total strangers if necessary — “Hey, the election’s over.” Of course, I’m viewing this political theater through the eyes of someone who’s pleased with the results.

    Obama got re-elected, gaining about 125 more electoral votes than his opponent, Mitt Romney. Yet, bloggers, those who spend half their lives writing comments online, usually on Facebook, continue the assault.

    Let me explain:

  • Editorial Cartoons - Nov. 12, 2012
  • Looking over the ‘cliff’

    Now that the 2012 elections are history, President Obama and lawmakers in Washington must turn their attention back to governing.

    Looming on the immediate horizon is the Budget Control Act of 2011, AKA the “fiscal cliff” the nation faces beginning Jan. 1, 2013.

  • Editor's Note - Voting for president in 2016

    With the 2012 presidential election still fresh in our minds, I’d like to propose to the little piece of America that reads my column a different approach for voters four years from now.

    But let me set the stage first, with a little perspective:

    We just witnessed perhaps the most misleading presidential campaigns of modern times. By one estimate, more than a million campaign ads ran on television, nearly all in nine or 10 swing states, mostly containing innuendo and half-truths to advance the candidates’ mudslinging agendas.

  • Red tape aside, repaint the line

    I invite the city to follow through on its obligation to repaint the white line leading traffic from Interstate 25 into Las Vegas on Exit 343. I am a citizen here in Las Vegas but if I were not familiar with the exits into Las Vegas, there might be confusion and I might actually miss this exit, especially on a dark night. I have heard other comments on this particular exit.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Nov. 9, 2012

    THUMBS UP! FINALLY, IT’S OVER. In what goes down in history as the most expensive election in American history (at least until 2016), we breathe a sigh of relief that it’s finally over. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the total cost of the presidential and congressional campaigns jumped up 7 percent to nearly $5.8 billion, with about $2.5 billion going solely into the presidential campaign. One big reason for the increases: the superPACs.
    Not surprisingly, the previous record for campaign spending was in, you guessed it, 2008.