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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Has Franklin done research?

    Annette Franklin in her letter published on May 19th asks: “How can voters vote intelligently when facts are not revealed and discussed?” It seems that she is urging readers to do just that; to lay out issues of concern and discuss them.

    Her letter covers a wide range of issues. I highlight here only a few of them.

  • Letter: 'Hypocrisy' right characterization

    In response to Annette Franklin’s letter to the Optic which ran May 19, I’d have to say “Tea Party hypocrisy” is precisely the right characterization of the Tea Party complaints.

  • As It Is: A risky course for West official

    It’s rare when people take on their bosses, but that’s what happened recently in the West Las Vegas school district.  West Las Vegas school board members told the district’s business manager, Dawn Biagianti, that they were being underpaid.  She told them that that board policy prohibited her from giving a member more than one $95 payment a month.

  • Memorial Day editorial: Honoring our losses

     This editorial first appeared on Memorial Day 2009.

  • Letter: Keep the theater department

    I am a student at Highlands University. It has come to my attention that the theatre classes have been discontinued here at Highlands. I am aware that this decision was part of budget cuts. I find this very upsetting.

    ... Even though there was not a theatre program in place, many students were waiting for the return of the theatre minor. I was one of them.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... THE SIXTH PLEADS GUILTY. Michael Gallegos, the ringleader in a series of assaults at the Robertson High School football camp two years ago, pleaded guilty to criminal sexual penetration, attempted criminal sexual penetration and conspiracy. Gallegos, the son of a former Las Vegas City Council member, Michael Gallegos, candidly apologized for what he had done.

    He was the sixth and final defendant to reach a plea agreement. Unfortunately, it doesn’t bring the closure that so many seek. Gallegos must still be sentenced. And some wounds never heal.

  • Letter: Memorial Day means freedom

    On two occasions in the course of human history, freedom hung in the balance. Once in Greece, well over 2,000 years ago and once again in 1940. In 430 B.C., the Greek statesman Pericles wrote an opinion about the Greek Constitution that could have come straight from the U.S. Supreme court. A people that sophisticated would never give up their way of life nor abandon their fierce love of freedom. At Thermopylae and Marathon they stood firm and saved democracy against the mightiest invader of that time.

  • Letter: 'The cruise' should be returned

    I lived in Las Vegas 25 years ago. I have noticed all the stores in what used to be New Town are now closed and there is nothing for the youth to do. All the exciting things that were part of the weekend are no longer. The cruise was very exciting and brought a lot of money downtown and commodore to the youth.

    Now that there is no cruise, the stores, except for a few, are closed due to lack of exposure. When the cruise was happening, the stores were flourishing as a direct result of exposure. Because of the stores closing, jobs are lost and crime has increased for the youth.