Today's Opinions

  • Nuestra Historia - Will the real Hermit please stand?

    Was his name Giovanni Maria Augustini or Juan Maria de Agostini, or one of several other variations that have been used in the 150 years the Hermit has been part of Las Vegas history?  And what of his likeness?
    Which of the two photographs appearing with this column was the real Hermit? Perhaps neither. Such is the lore and legend surrounding the Italian recluse for whom Hermit’s Peak is known.  (One source even identifies the Hermit as Matteo Boccalini, born on the Isle of Capri in 1808, and ordained in 1829 as Father Francesco.)

  • Editorial Roundup - Excerpts from editorials around the nation - Oct. 7, 2011

    From recent editorials in U.S. newspapers this week:

    The Dallas Morning News on Congress — Most members of Congress were probably high achievers in school. But, as a group, they have a serious deadline problem. Congress’ inability to get things done — and done on time — is creating grave risks for the country.

  • Democracy goes to court

    It’s a flashback to 2001, when a judge had to decide redistricting then, too. Only this year it’s worse, because there’s even more disagreement this time around. And when the dust settles and the issue is resolved, once again the real winners will be the attorneys.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 5, 2011
  • Work of Art: Someone’s bean misbehaving

    A dozen years ago, about a dozen of us retired from Highlands University, having amassed possibly a total of 300 years of service (12 faculty times 25 years average). There must have been enough of us personas non grata to prevent us from celebrating our retirement on the university campus.

  • The PRC appointment

    Jerome Block Jr. finally did the right thing, even if it did take considerable pressure from the attorney general’s office to motivate him in that direction. The Public Regulation Commission member agreed to resign his position last week as part of a plea agreement for many of his irresponsible and illegal actions as a “public servant.”

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 3, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: Branding, marketing and ideas

    A report by Mercy López on today’s front page gives you an overview of the “branding and marketing” meeting that took place last week in Las Vegas. I was one among about two dozen people to attend — and I came away with some thoughts of my own.

    One is that a community’s reputation is tightly wrapped up in its own self-identity.