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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 22, 2012
  • Work of Art - The meaning of ‘omberrrs’

    Question: Take a typical Las Vegas cholo with his pants sagging to the point where one inch lower might get him arrested, and with one of the pants cuffs being swallowed by his shoe a bit more than the other.

    What is the logical answer to his situation?

    “Not even.”

    Wrong! The words might be correct on paper, but the articulation of these words proves simply that one can’t always give an accurate rendering of certain words merely by looking at the orthographics.
    Let me explain:

  • Wise move, timely idea

    The Las Vegas City Council’s decision to terminate the city’s contract with the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce was a wise move.  Public confidence in the chamber’s ability to serve the local businesses has all but disappeared, so cutting off the public funds was a necessary move.

    Now comes the formidable task of rebuilding. The city, after all, needs a chamber of commerce that effectively supports, promotes and markets the business community in such a way as to encourage economic development and job growth.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Feb. 20, 2012
  • Editor's Note - Election criteria

    Maybe it’s all the forums. I listened to bits and pieces of the radio station forums for the council and mayoral candidates. I attended the Community Water Board forums. Now I’m in the middle of moderating the Optic’s candidate forums. And next week I plan to attend the two business-specific mayoral forums being sponsored by the Las Vegas Independent Business Alliance.

  • Politics and the charter issue

    The challenge to the charter is still top news and one has to wonder why Mr. Timothy Dodge, the city manager, feels compelled to offer opinion. He states “This is one of the issues where I’m going to have to make a decision and it may not be the politically popular decision to make.”

  • Candidate now supports Dodge

    I talked to Tim Dodge (Wednesday) and the answer I gave at the Optic’s candidates forum was based on misinterpretation of a remark by Tim Dodge.  

    Now that I correctly understand his remark, I fully support his retention as city manager. I would enjoy working with Tim.

    Joe McCaffrey
    Las Vegas
    Council candidate, Ward 3

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! COUNCIL CANDIDATES FORUM. While the turnout at Monday night forum wasn’t so impressive (there were about 50 in the audience) the candidates themselves made the evening interesting and enlightening. And with 100 percent attendance from the eight candidates seeking to replace Andrew Feldman and Diane Moore on the Las Vegas City Council, they all had their say.