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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 15, 2010
  • Nuestra Historia - The railroad bypasses Las Vegas

    By 1871 there existed a transcontinental railroad across the United States, spanning the northern Great Plains, and soon plans were in place to run a rail line to the southwest, roughly along the route of the Santa Fe Trail.  
    Thus was commenced a new railway  from Topeka, Kansas, to Santa Fe. (As early as 1863 the Atchison & Topeka Railroad added Santa Fe to its company name,  when it decided that New Mexico’s capital city would be the southern destination of its rail line.)

  • Done to one, done to all

    To our fellow citizens of the Las Vegas community:

    There is much wisdom in the saying, “What you do to one of us, you do to all of us,” especially as it relates to the recent desecration of 30 Jewish graves in the historic Montifiore Cemetery and seven in the Masonic Cemetery. 

    As yet there is no proof the destruction of headstones was carried out because of racism, anti-Semitism or some other kind of intentional hate-based belief system or desire to intentionally inflict fear or pain.

  • Respect is a community value

    We appreciate the front page coverage the Optic gave to the recent desecration of tombstones in Las Vegas cemeteries. It is difficult to understand the motivations of those involved. We hope that those responsible will quickly be apprehended and that all in the community will agree that such behavior has no place among us.  

    Respect for others is an important community value. This means that we avoid abusing each other when we are alive and we respect each others’ graves when we are dead. How could anyone forget that?

  • ‘No, not here, not anywhere’

    Many people in this community know me as a passionate defender of the right of Palestinians to live free of Israeli oppression. People also know me as opposed to the United States offering no-strings-attached support to Israel. However, I write today to strongly condemn the vandalism of the Jewish cemetery here in Las Vegas.  

  • History doesn’t support words

    When I first read Mr. (Reies) Tijerina’s remark in the June 10 Optic about “the Jews who made bombs that could destroy humanity,” I was appalled that the well-spoken, politically astute advocate for the Chicano movement, could make such a blatantly ignorant, if not hateful, comment, seemingly oblivious to the entire context of World War II and the fact that Germany, among others, were also trying to develop a bomb.  

  • Remarks were unjustified

    This letter is in reference to the article printed on May 6 in the Las Vegas Optic regarding statements made by the Las Vegas City Schools Business Manager Myrna Garcia.

  • Chamber should take a lead role

    In December 2009, I wrote up a proposal that was to be shared with the Economic Development Corporation and the Chamber of Commerce. The purpose of the proposal was to come up with ideas for what could be done to increase the economic development of Las Vegas and the surrounding area. I never did hear anything about the proposal after I gave it to the Chamber.

    I would like to share a brief overview of that proposal with you now.