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Today's Opinions

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 7, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! ANOTHER LEAK. Once again the city of Las Vegas has been battling a big leak in its water line, this one to the tune of an estimated 110 gallons a minute, or 158,000 gallons a day, when it was at its worst. That’s considerably worse than the last big leak, on the old Medite water line, last September.
    The same contractor that fixed the Medite line leak was brought in to fix the water treatment plant line. Here’s hoping for a long-term fix.

  • Dulcey Amargo - ‘Tis the season

    Thanksgiving is behind us, and we’re sated and, perhaps, overstuffed, but there’s more “stuff” and nonsense in the works.

    Christmas and New Year’s Day are on people’s minds, and so is the word “holidays.”

    And that they are, but there’s a bone of contention for some people when someone says, Happy Holidays.

    Well, they are holidays, and we want to be happy, but whatever happened to our “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and Mele Kalikimaka,” as my Hawaiian roommate, Betty Ganiko, taught me over 40 years ago? And we mustn’t forget Happy Hanukkah, either!

  • Streets trashed after light parade

    Trash, trash and more trash was all over the streets of Las Vegas that served as a route for the “beautiful” light parade.

    It is amazing that people can sit there eating and drinking while they watch this beautiful entertainment that the city has put together for their enjoyment, and then get up and go home, leaving all their trash behind.

    The city streets are part of our habitat, just as our homes are. However, I don’t think we would just leave trash in the same manner at our homes.

    Geneva Benavidez
    Las Vegas

  • Be a hero, help return service dog

    It has now been four weeks since my black-and-white Shih-Tzu was abducted from my house area.

    This little dog is more than a pet, she is a family member. She is my service dog; I am a disabled veteran.

    I plead with the person who has her to return her. I am still offering a reward and no questions asked. Please call 429-4972 or 429-4515.

    Maybe you don’t have her, but look around, does a friend or neighbor? Please encourage them to do the right thing. Be my hero as I was when I served for your freedom. Please help bring her home.

    Charlotte Wootton
    Las Vegas

  • Nuestra Historia - Kistler’s Optic spurred racial divide

    In 1979, a century after Russell A. Kistler founded the Optic, beloved Optic editor Lois Beck wrote of her predecessor: “Kistler had unabashed contempt for all other racial and ethnic groups but his. ‘Mexicans’ were barely tolerated by him, positively not considered ‘Americans’ even after Kearny told them they were. This racial dementia was so much a part of him that he disclosed it unconsciously, as well as deliberately. No, Russell and I didn’t belong in the same century and certainly not in the same town.”

  • Editorial Roundup - Dec. 7, 2012

    The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle on low water levels in the Great lakes (Dec. 3) — As New York continues to clean up from a massive storm surge along its seaboard, residents along Lake Ontario are suffering the opposite problem: too little water. While state leaders lobbied Monday for federal funds to rebuild downstate, funds are already in hand for mitigation of low-level conditions like those in the Great Lakes. Unfortunately, they are not fully allocated. That must change.

  • Timely deposits

    The break-in and theft of an office in the Las Vegas City Schools District speaks to a matter the district needs to address — that of unnecessary delays in depositing money into school accounts.

    Last week, Juan Carlos Fulgenzi, co-curricular director at Robertson High School, reported that someone broke into his office and took $2,500 from a file cabinet.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 5, 2012