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Today's Opinions

  • Gaza Monologues were powerful

    I went to the United World College on Oct. 17 to attend a theater event called The Gaza Monologues. These are stories written by Palestinian children.
    As a Jewish woman, I wasn’t sure how I would react. Much to my surprise, I found myself in tears.
    The Nat Gold Players, the students from Highlands University and students from UWC were excellent in their performances.
    The extraordinary writings of those children living in a war zone, watching relatives die, bombs all around them, not having food and/or shelter, made me weep.

  • ‘Leaders’ showed their true colors

    An open letter to area students:
    The recent election showed many of our true colors. The behavior displayed by our politicos was less than exemplary in many cases. I hope the youth of our area can see through the actions of our “leaders” and maintain your own sense of fair play.
    Administrators, teachers, professors, regents, etc. may have displayed actions reminiscent of the mantra: “Do as I say, not as I do.”

  • Don’t denigrate your constituents

    I am writing in response to several of the San Miguel County commissioners’ comments in regard to the low-fly proposal as reported in the Optic on Nov. 12.  The fact the commission chose to vote in favor of the proposal is fine.  


    That decision is supported by many county residents. However, it was not necessary in so many words to question the patriotism of those who disagree with you. Patriotism takes many forms. Nor is it necessary to mock those who offer opposing arguments.

  • Union should stay, period

    The West Las Vegas school board is doing the right thing in reconsidering its previous decision to close Union Elementary School. As the best-performing school in the district, Union should not only remain open, but it should be held up as an educational model for other schools in the district.

  • Humor is therapeutic

    Ever have a day when anything you attempt to help brighten things falls flat? That’s the story of my life.

    Here’s how:

    I often try to reach people through humor. I don’t mean that I see life as an interminable joke-fest but merely that I believe in the therapeutic qualities of laughter. And if that’s true, my students of more than 40 years ago have to be healthy. There are limits, and on occasion I’ve needed to make sure the person with whom I attempted the humor is comfortable. It’s also a joy, not to mention flattering, when the recipient of my humor pays me back in kind.

  • Loehr, Optic set the bar high

    I just read John Loehr’s “To the Point” submission “Autumn and a perilous American prospect,” of three weeks ago. This was my third or fourth reading, and I am more impressed each time I look at it.  John’s insights are cogent and his predictions thought provoking.

  • Property tax hike is unconscionable

    I received my property tax bill and, knowing there was an “error” made by East that would affect the bill, was still appalled at a 40 percent hike. This is an unconscionable assault on innocent citizens, especially those on low or fixed incomes, who must budget all year to pay their property taxes and who cannot have prepared for such a usurious increase.

  • County must reverse ruling

    President Obama made it clear in his 2008 campaign: He didn’t want to pursue those using marijuana for medical purposes where it’s legal. And after he took office, the Justice Department announced a policy reflecting the president’s position.