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Today's Opinions

  • Nuestra Historia - El Padre Polaco and his pipe

    We continue our fact-or-fiction series with the tale of the Polish priest who accidentally burned down our first church, when he fell asleep smoking his pipe — so it is said.

    He was Alexander Grzelachowski (gre-law-how-ski), the first parish priest at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, who came to Las Vegas in 1851. Born in Poland when much of that country was part of Russia, he studied for the priesthood in France, and later immigrated to the United States.

  • ‘Wind gas’ a viable solution

    It takes millions of years to create what the oil and gas industry calls natural gas, thousands of feet deep down in the earth — or just a few seconds, next to a wind turbine.

    Based on the plans of an Austrian-German team of scientists, renewable energy producers should soon be able to generate synthetic “natural gas” from their wind and solar parks.

  • Fight under way against flights plan

    Fight under way against flights plan

    Thanks to the Optic for the excellent reporting and fine editorial on the Cannon Air Force Base public forum held on Oct. 18. It was gratifying to see NMHU’s Kennedy Lounge overflowing with concerned citizens.

    Beside the community members, there were about a dozen Air Force military people, civilians working for the military and undercover agents.

  • Mourning the loss of Benito Lemos

    I am the mother of Benito Ramon Lemos. My son’s life was taken two years ago by a man who came home from Iraq, Richard Baca. ... He decided to drive around Las Vegas with a loaded gun strapped on his waist. My son was the unlucky one who ran in to Baca.

    Despite what happened, he took my son’s life. He didn’t have a chance, he was dead on arrival at Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

  • Smokin’ Joe Frazier and a great rivalry

    The world lost one of the greatest and most courageous boxers with the passing of Smokin’ Joe Frazier. Muhammad Ali may have been the “Greatest Boxer” but Joe Frazier had the “Greatest Heart” in the ring.

  • Mil Gracias

    The Las Vegas Branch of AAUW thanks the community for its support of the most recent used-book sale, on a sunshiny Saturday outside U-7, the former Baptist Church at University and Seventh. More than $550 was raised toward scholarships for women who are nontraditional students attending Highlands University.

  • Paying the consequences

    Last week’s determination by the state Occupational Health and Safety Bureau regarding the fatal deaths of Las Vegas city employees Frank Romero and Gene Hern should not be a surprise. Central to OHSB’s accusations is that that was no shoring along the edges of the deep trench — something that a union representative pointed out the day the tragedy occurred.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 9, 2011