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Today's Opinions

  • Mil Gracias - August 17, 2012

    Carnegie Public Library’s Summer Reading Program “Dream Big-READ” has once again come to an end and was a complete success.  

    We would like to thank the following for their generosity: Southwest Capital Bank, for sponsoring this year’s program, City of Las Vegas Fire Department, Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, Las Vegas City Schools Foods Service Department, Subway, Tome on the Range and West Las Vegas Athletic Department.

  • Stick with higher rates

    We understand the frustration that some are feeling with the water rate increases currently proposed. Nevertheless, we urge the Las Vegas City Council to stick with the increases generally as proposed. It’s critical for the future of Las Vegas, given the dire circumstances the city is facing with its water supply.

  • Editorial Cartoon - August 15, 2012
  • Work of Art - Cute and cuddly porkers

    Lora M. Shields, a professor after whom a science building on the Highlands University campus is named, once told a class I was in about some amazing properties of pigs and piglets.

    She said a farmer could fill a pail of milk and let the pig drink it all, then lift that same pig into the same bucket and even have a little room to spare. It took some of us a while to catch on.

  • Big-time smackdown

    Maybe you cringed at our lead headline on Friday, “‘Smack City’ smackdown.” Or, perhaps you didn’t appreciate the name given to the  multi-agency investigation into drug trafficking in Las Vegas — “Operation Smack City.” Such references stem from a disparaging nickname given in the 1970s, when the national magazine Harper’s dubbed Las Vegas “Smack City USA” because of its heroin problem back in those days.

  • Editorial Cartoon - August 13, 2012
  • Editor's Note - Touring two watersheds

    For a couple of days last week, I was a watershed tourist.            

    But not just me, of course. On Monday, about 20 Las Vegas movers and shakers took a ride into the Gallinas Canyon, stopping at various points along the way to learn from experts about the condition of the river, the woodlands and how Las Vegas collects, stores and uses the watershed’s most valuable resource.

  • Photo work has been fun

    Photographing and designing a weekly photo page for the Las Vegas Optic for the summer has been a pleasure. I was able to meet many locals and event-goers from all over town, work under deadlines in a busy press environment and improve my own skills as a photographer.