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Today's Opinions

  • Hopes for the new year

    With a new year, hopes run high that things can and will get better. In that vein, we offer here some community wishes for Las Vegas in 2012.

    It would be nice to see moisture, all year long, but not so the city can become complacent in its efforts to develop a secure water supply — not just for today but 20 years down the road. Las Vegas needs other sources to offset its dependence on the Gallinas River, and it needs to stop the leaks in the dam and the pipes. In 2012, the city could take a big step forward, or backward, depending on its leadership at City Hall.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 1, 2012
  • Editor's note: Best-and-worst assessments

    So there you have it, the top stories of 2011, selected by a small but thoughtful group of readers and editors at the Optic. Of course it’s an entirely subjective listing, but it’s still a good exercise in historic benchmarking, and it’s thought-provoking to say the least.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! BETTER MEALS AT SCHOOL. We applaud the discussion taking place among Las Vegas City Schools board members to serve healthier meals to the district’s students. Gloria Lovato-Pacheco got the discussion going with her objection to a list of processed foods being purchased by the district. “I would like our students to have food that is fresh and made in our cafeterias,” she said. “I would like to serve food that looks like it would be served at home.”

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 30, 2011
  • Problems with utility billing

    Several years ago I was involved in a too short-lived project at City Hall to streamline the utility billing process. John Avila, myself, and staff had several meetings to build a streamlined and more accurate billing process. We didn’t get too far but I do remember a few startling things:

  • Political motivations

    It seems to this writer that our council and mayor are always shooting from the hip without consideration for input from the people. A resolution was passed against the Air Force flights in three days because the mayor said there wasn’t any time for public input. That was a year ago and the Air Force hasn’t made its decision yet. Now it’s about water and asking for grants.

  • Offering a safe environment

    The results of the May 2009-October 2010 Department of Health and Human Services audit of three Head Start grantees from each of eight states called attention to the need for the highest level of safety for the over 1 million children and families Head Start and Early Start serves every year.