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Today's Opinions

  • Not such a big tax cut

    In last week’s column, I reported that I enjoyed a sizable drop in my property taxes for my New Mexico Avenue house.


    And that’s true. But I wrote that this meant all west-side residents would get the same decrease. They won’t.


    As it turns out, most will enjoy a drop of 7.1 percent.


    I got a bigger tax cut because I sought the head-of-household exemption earlier this year, which cuts the home’s taxable value by $2,000.

  • Letter: Needing help with procedure

    I need help from the community. For the last 10 years, I have been dealing with several health issues. In 1998, I was diagnosed with end-stage kidney disease. By August 2001, I was on dialysis. That same year, I enrolled at Highlands University to obtain my bachelor’s degree in communications and marketing. In those years while working on my degree, I was faced with several hospitalization and medical procedures that involved, at times, a week or more in the hospital. In May 2003, I graduated with my bachelor’s and started working on my master’s degree.

  • Letter: Tired of negative campaigning

    Is it just me?

    I am so tired of these political ads on TV.  The candidates should be informing us of their good points, not their opponent's bad points.

     They also should know. Every time you throw a little dirt, you lose a little ground!

    Ronni Roberts

    Las Vegas

  • Work of Art: It's me? Or It's I?

    Remember a few weeks ago when some of us spotted an unusual expression in Parade Magazine? The cover story, about a female football coach identified the woman as “one of the only” such coaches. The issue was whether “one of” can ever be an “only.”

  • Editorial: A new approach

    The city’s code enforcement division is seeing new energy these days. And that’s good for our community.

    A few months ago, the division moved from the Community Development Department to the Police Department. The new code officers are Rodney Perea and Jacob Herron; another officer is set to join the team.

  • As It Is: Good news in West Las Vegas

    Taxpayers in the Las Vegas City Schools district are in for a 30 percent property tax increase when the county treasurer sends out the bills next month.

    But on the west side of the river, residents are actually seeing a big cut. Last year, the property tax bill for my New Mexico Avenue house came in at $784. This year, $686 — a 14 percent drop.

    Hallelujah!

    That’s all thanks to the bond schedule in the West Las Vegas district. Whatever the case, I can’t stop humming the Dons’ fight song.

  • Editorial: Still more cuts

    The West Las Vegas school district is disenrolling nine children from its pre-kindergarten program. Superintendent Ruben Cordova said he regretted having to make such a decision.

    As with many programs these days, pre-kindergarten has faced its share of state budget cuts. That’s the result of a tough economy, where nearly 10 percent of the workforce remains unemployed.

    Next year, the state government will have to make some more tough decisions on spending cuts and tax increases. In Las Vegas, where the state government reigns, we’ll have to brace ourselves.

  • Editorial: Necessary change

    Let’s see now, in recent months, members of the Las Vegas Fiesta Council have:

    • Made mistakes with last summer’s event that cost money and support, but instead of working to fix the problems, they circled the wagons and blamed their mistakes on detractors.

    • Made themselves inaccessible to the public and failed to produce a single financial report since wrapping up the last fiesta.

    • Turned petty in their attacks on a 22-year-old former fiesta queen.