Today's Opinions

  • Invaluable service to mother-in-law

    I want to share with the community the invaluable service that was provided to my mother-in-law, Clara Rodgers, during her stay at Alta Vista Regional Hospital. Dedication and outstanding care were provided not only to Clara, but to every family member who stayed by her side.

  • Concerns were about the facility

    I am writing in response to the Optic article, “Proposed Facility Worries Neighbors.”

    The story did not convey at all what happened at the Planning and Zoning Commission hearings. The opening line of the article leads readers to believe that the neighbors who spoke up were concerned about the “types of residents” who might move in, as if the residents themselves are the problem.

  • Story gave wrong impression

    I was in attendance at two recent city Board of Adjustment/Planning and Zoning Commission public hearings concerning the issue of a proposed assisted-living facility on Fourth Street in a residential neighborhood.

  • 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.