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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: One-way plan would be a waste

    Changing National Avenue to a one-way street going west from Eighth to 12th streets would be a waste of time, money and a public safety concern.

    Increasing traffic to the side streets will most certainly affect students and residents in the area. This change would confuse visitors to our city also.

    The beauty of the university buildings on National Avenue, are meant to be admired and seen from both directions.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... BACK TO SCHOOL. Too many of us assume that kids hate to go back to school each fall, but that’s not altogether true. Many students look forward to a return to the classroom, where they get to see old friends, meet new teachers and take on new and interesting challenges. And the younger they are, the more likely they are glad to be going back.

  • Editorial: We give up, take it over

    Two weeks ago in this space, we editorialized against the idea of a city takeover of the Las Vegas Fiestas. We took the position that if certain changes were made in how the Fiesta Council does its business, a city takeover would be unnecessary.

    But after last week’s closed Fiesta Council meeting, we’re reversing our position. We’re now convinced that the city must take control of the city’s biggest annual event.

  • Obama lacks what?

    This is a family newspaper, a publication that seeks never to offend its readers. Accordingly, when a public official expressed his contempt, a few years ago, toward the media, our page-one article simply used “a--.” The elected official had authorized the media to pucker up and then osculate a certain nether portion of his anatomy.

     I believe people got the picture, even if we bowdlerized the more graphic word, which, by the way, appears in Christmas carols, including “What Child Is This?”

  • Letter: Catholics give to Samaritan House

    On behalf of Samaritan House Inc., we are pleased to announce that we have received notice from The Catholic Foundation that our 2010 grant proposal sponsored by Immaculate Conception Church Parish has been approved for funding in the amount of $5,000. These funds will be solely used for the purpose of helping our organization with our food pantry program. Just as a note: Samaritan House is distributing food to over 220 households each and every month.

  • Letter: Just passing through this life

    On July 25, 14 years after my mother died on this date, we lost a daughter in-law to cancer, and a good friend, Cippy Gonzales, also died. They were both VIPs in my life as they would at times shed some sunshine on my path on a dark, rainy day. I know that it had been raining, but on Sunday, I was praying, crying, thinking of their smile, and their jokes, and I happened to stand below the skyline in my kitchen, when a giant drop of rain fell on my head. I took this as a sign they they were safe in our master’s arms.

  • Editorial: Disrespectful behavior

    When the press is asked to leave a meeting, there are usually legal ramifications. The state’s Open Meetings law applies, or doesn’t apply, to the question about whether the press, as the eyes and ears of the public, should be allowed access to the business of a particular meeting. We believe a Las Vegas Fiesta Council meeting should be open to the public — and, therefore, the press should be able to attend — because of the enormous amount of public funds spent on the summer fiestas. But we realize it’s a debatable point.

  • As It Is: The bunker mentality

    In the 1990s, another reporter and I were kicked out of a room where a union election was being held.

    My much older colleague told those present, “I’ve been kicked out of better places.”

    I’m always been tempted to use that line when someone is prepared to show me the door. But surprisingly, I have managed to hold my tongue.