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Today's Opinions

  • Educators must have adequate tools

    I graduated from Robertson in 1967 at the same time Don Pace did.

    Great to see that a fellow classmate became a reporter for the Optic.

    I read the article that pertained to the Las Vegas Public Schools regarding new adoptions and the lack of follow-through from district management in making sure all teachers and students had access to the curriculum at the beginning of the new school year.

  • Challenges for new CEO

    Congratulations to Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s new chief executive officer, Maridel Acosta, who, after about three months as interim CEO, now takes the reins on a more permanent basis. We wish her well.

    We anticipate she will be welcomed as an important leader in our city, since the local hospital is such a critical element to the area’s quality of life. And she’s off to a good start, having been introduced to the community through her interim position. So far she’s left a good impression.

  • Work of Art: A friend of Elizabeth Edwards

    By Art Trujillo

    Las Vegas Optic

    The world lost a bright, dedicated, articulate woman last week when Elizabeth Ed-wards died of breast cancer. She was the estranged wife of John Edwards, who appeared in Las Vegas in 2004, as the Democratic running mate of John Kerry.

    John Edwards sought the presidential nomination in 2008 but lost to Barack Obama. One person who knew the late Mrs. Edwards well is Kate Lockwood, a nurse and massage therapist from Las Vegas.

  • We’re in this together

    We fully realize that the city of Las Vegas and the East and West school districts are separate entities.

    But we need to forget about that when the issue is water.

    In  recent weeks, city officials have made presentations to both school boards, requesting they give up their water rights to the city.
    For free.

    The city made the same request a few years ago, but didn’t get any response.

  • As it is: Should I set up shop in a bar?

    Maybe I should set up my desk and computer in a local bar. I’d probably get some interesting news tips and have a lot more fun.

    How did this idea get into my head?

    I credit the Las Vegas Fiesta Council, the group that the City Council put out of business a few weeks ago after a number of controversies.
    Angry at its dismissal, the Fiesta Council recently put out an eight-page letter defending itself, e-mailed to scores of people around town, including government officials and leaders in the business community.

  • Mil Gracias

    I would like to take this time to thank everyone who has helped me. It’s time to go to San Diego!

    Once again, the community of Las Vegas has come through. Once again, you have shown why the people of Las Vegas and surrounding areas can always be called on during a time of need. “Toda la jente” y “familia.”

    Thank you, Las Vegas, Mora and all those surrounding areas that have come together to help me. You have made me believe that people do care and will help when you are at your lowest. Thank you and God bless!

  • 3-mile setback is a protection

    The wind industry’s standard setback of 1500 feet is only based on the height and structure of the tower in case of “blade throw.”

    One turbine emits at its source about 97 decibels several hundred feet above the ground. This is as loud as a DC-9 aircraft. Multiply this by how many turbines are in a wind farm.

    The revised ordinance introduces this noise as a reason for its setback; that the normal outdoor background sound level of a proposed site be the starting point for determining the distance between one turbine and a home.

  • Ordinance will kill wind farms

    On Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 1:30 p.m., the San Miguel County commissioners will vote on an ordinance to govern wind farms in the county. As the ordinance now stands, it will essentially kill all wind farm development in the county.