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Today's Opinions

  • I didn’t say ‘junk’

    By Art Trujillo

    Did John Pistole have the timing down just right? As head of the Transportation Security Administration, he waited . . . and waited for the start of the busiest travel time of the year to surprise air travelers with three options: submit to a full-body screening, agree to an “enhanced” body pat-down or stay home.

  • Plenty for thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday. It’s centered on a great American pastime — eating — and one of the better virtues of the human spirit — being appreciative for the blessings bestowed upon us. It also consists of long family weekends together, shopping, ball games, and kicking back with family and friends. All in all, this is a holiday that can be as hassle-free, or hassle-filled, as we choose to make it.


    And here, we choose to make it the moment in which it was intended, but offering up a few expressions of thanks:

  • Fiesta forward

    The Las Vegas City Council did what it had to do last week when it set up a city committee to oversee the annual Fiestas de Las Vegas. The Fiesta Council, which historically organizes and runs the event, has for too long been obstinate regarding issues that must to be resolved.

  • A solution for Ward 4

    City Councilman David Romero has been sidelined since August because of a stroke, so Ward 4 has been unrepresented since then.

    Sure, the mayor and other council members have chipped in, but the southwest Las Vegas ward hasn’t had its own council member.


    Of course, everyone involved wants to show compassion for Romero, an auto repair shop owner elected in March. Yet there is a need for Ward 4 to be represented.

  • An outrageous property tax hike

    Attention homeowners: I received my property taxes for the next year and they went up $196.06 — almost $200 — over last year. I’ve never seen such outrageous raises on property taxes in one year. For businesses I could understand.
    I called Alfonso Ortiz, the San Miguel County treasurer, and he said the East Las Vegas schools had made a mistake in their intake of taxes last year, so we the taxpayer had to make up the difference this year, and next year they would go down again. I told him if the schools made the mistake make them account for it, not us.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news

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  • Grogan the energy behind changes

    In response to the Nov. 8 letter concerning Alta Vista Regional Hospital CEO Richard Grogan, who was there from January 2008 until September 2010, Mr. Grogan was the energy behind the observed changes that have taken place at the hospital over the past year or so.

    He set policies and staffing which have enhanced the quality of services provided. The improvement (the letter writer) noted has occurred for the organization as a whole but it took only one bad experience with one or two persons for her to generalize that all staff were uncaring, which was never true.

  • Trained to take pride, be tough

    We served and we were deployed all over the world and prisoners of war in concentration camps.


    We were trained to deal with (being) POWs. Yes, it was covered as part of your basic training, and it went beyond just saying your name rank and serial number. You were taught, you’re trained, to maintain pride and dignity and respect for your country. You’re an American soldier; never sell yourself short; always be tough.
    Juan A. Fresquez
    Las Vegas