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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Optic Endorsements

    Hands down, it’s Howell

    Vincent Howell has been a well-known fixture in Las Vegas for more than two decades — as a successful businessman and a community servant. He’s been a giver of his time, talents and money to many a worthy cause, and now he’s seeking a position on the Las Vegas City Council. The city stands to benefit even more from his nature — if the voters place him on the council in the upcoming municipal election.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 27, 2012
  • Editor's Note - Power shifts

    Hidden within our municipal races this year is the stark reality that two of the most progressive council members in recent times are about to step aside. And while both of them were touted at one time or another as outstanding candidates for mayor, in the final analysis neither of them sought that position.

    I’m talking about Diane Moore, who was elected to the council in 2006 and Andrew Feldman, who won his seat in 2008. They were usually allies on the political battlefield, but they often had very different approaches to the issues facing Las Vegas.