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Today's Opinions

  • Work of Art: Laugh? Thought I’d never start

    By Art Trujillo

    Rather than attempt Comedy Central, let me explain that I have absolutely no talent when it comes to telling those long, drawn-out, elaborate situational anecdotes that require a series of repetitive remarks (“and then the genie asked the third man ...) followed by a punchless line.

    In fact, where there’s laughter in my environment, it’s usually the result of some slip of the tongue, a one-liner, or something serendipitous, in which people are laughing at me rather than with me. And that’s all right too.

  • Quintana in bad form

    The Las Vegas Optic didn’t seek out LeeEtte Quintana for the latest episode of East’s superintendent saga. She sought us out, and we must admit to being mildly surprised that she would choose us as a way to criticize the school board for passing her over as interim superintendent.

  • As It Is: Thank you, Las Vegas

    A couple of years ago, I was walking to my car on the other side of town. It was during a big snowstorm.

    I was on Eighth Street around 7 p.m., my hood tied tight around my head. It was dark, so you couldn’t make out who I was. Snow covered me.

    A couple of women — looked to be in their 30s — stopped and asked me if I needed a ride to where I was going. They said I must have been cold.

    Their offer impressed me. They had no idea who I was. They didn’t know my race, my nationality, my economic status.

  • GOP doesn’t care about ‘fair share’

    Somebody should explain to the Republicans that “multimillion” and “billion” are not what is meant by small business. Republicans would cut wasteful spending. Let’s stop supporting our communities, educating our children. Let’s stop feeding the hungry. Too many of us are not millionaires. It seems absurd to subsidize the rich. Let us not dish out any money to people who receive Social Security.

  • Mil Gracias

    On Nov. 30, we had the misfortune to have had our mobile home destroyed by fire. We are extremely grateful to God for our safety and the many wonderful blessings he has given us. He brought us many angels to help us overcome this devastating trial in our lives.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news

    LET’S HOPE HE’S RIGHT. West Las Vegas Superintendent Ruben Cordova took a popular position recently, saying that he didn’t want to close any of the schools on the west side. Here’s hoping that he can pull it off.

  • Mil Gracias

    On Sunday Dec. 2, Casa de Cultura, Highlands University and East Las Vegas School put on the third annual Mariachi Christmas Concert at Ilfeld Auditorium.

    Las gracias a la gente de Las Vegas, the parents, families and friends — all 700 plus of you in attendance — for supporting the Mariachi program and children.

    Mil gracias to Maestro Martin Sena, for his ability to teach 150 young people some valuable cultural skills. Maestros Wally Sanchez and Gary Sena are also an integral part of the teaching team.

  • Mil Gracias

    I would like to give kudos to two families who are incredibly warm and loving: the Rivera’s from El Sombrero and the Martinez family from Hatcha’s. I just truly appreciate both of these families who simply “love to feed people.”

    El Sombrero has fed hundreds of people at Thanksgiving for close to 15 years. Hatcha’s recently lost their livelihood when their restaurant burned down in Mora. In both places the food is/was prepared with love and you always feel welcomed.

    Could you imagine a world filled with these labors of love?