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Today's Opinions

  • Possessing good mayoral qualities

    Successful democratic governments need people of good character, intelligence and positive energy.

    Alfonso E. Ortiz Jr. possesses these qualities and more.

    The city of Las Vegas has benefited from his no-nonsense approach to city issues on numerous occasions. His recent executive order regarding the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce was the correct response to touchy issue that needed action.

    The extremely important water issue has been at the forefront during his tenure. I believe it will continue to be high on his to-do list if re-elected.

  • Extreme tethering cases justify action

    When Neo was a puppy, his owner placed a collar on his neck, fastened it to a chain and ignored him. When rescuers brought Neo to the veterinarian several months later, the outlook did not look good. Neo was starving. The owner who kept Neo as a “guard dog” never bothered to adjust his collar, which became deeply embedded in his neck and started to crush his trachea. Neo was dying.

    If Neo’s story were unique, it would be a shocking example of cruelty.

  • The tragedy could have been prevented

    The tragedy of the young man and his mother hit on Williams Drive was not so much “avoidable” as it was inevitable. My husband and I saw them all the time, never using the sidewalks that millions have been spent on in Las Vegas, and once even going down the center of the left-turn lane on Seventh, after dark and in dark clothing.

  • Thoughts on Mora’s courthouses

    I read the last plans on the Mora County Complex building, and I was wondering exactly how the $2.6 million had been spent.

    I recall that while I was in office several of us went to Santa Fe to ask for money for a new courthouse, and we were given $1 million.

    There was also supposed to be a percentage of the $2.6 million to go to the arts. It was my dream that with that percentage a memorial dome would be erected to honor all those who served in the Armed Forces and went missing in action or were killed in the different wars.

  • Sticking with Ortiz

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 29, 2012
  • Work of Art - Covering your assets

    My friend Chad Boliek turned what might have been a criticism into an advantage. Recall my having mentioned in a recent column that I had planned and planted misuses of the English language?

    That week I received numerous e-mails, phone calls and hand-delivered responses to these assaults on the language, several people having caught expressions like “a blessing in the skies” and “cut off my nose despite my face.” But others, like Anne Kennedy, went beyond what I said was a deliberate misuse and corrected things I had not intended to be erroneous.

  • Taking issue with forum comments

    The Optic’s Feb. 14 article, “Six candidates favor Dodge,” quotes Ward 3 Council candidate and Highlands Foundation board member Joe McCaffrey as saying that “... the Highlands Foundation is investing $200,000 to start a brewery here, something that will create jobs.” All well and good, but considering the area’s dire water situation, I found McCaffrey’s suggestion to be really out of touch with the realities of Las Vegas.