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Today's Opinions

  • Our watershed: The opportunities

    Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a series running over several consecutive Fridays. It is written by members of the Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance, which seeks to foster land stewardship in the Gallinas, Sapello and Tecolote watersheds.

    To have adequate water supply, Las Vegas needs well designed, built and maintained water treatment, storage and delivery infrastructure. The first piece of this system is a healthy watershed to gather, clean and supply this water.

  • Letters to the editor

    City union supports Dodge
     As president of AFSCME Local 2851 for the city of Las Vegas employees, I, as well as our members, city employees and constituents would like to express our gratitude and support to our city councilors for retaining Mr. Timothy Dodge as city manager.

  • Resignation appropriate

    The sudden and immediate resignation of Mack Crow, president of the local Court Appointed Special Advocates affiliate, calls attention to the function of the organization and, more specifically, to the public stance of individual members.

    To review:
    Members of the children’s advocacy group called a meeting — without Crow — and agreed to demand that the then-president of the organization resign.

    The issue was Crow’s advocacy for a man he described as a personal friend.

  • Editorial Cartoon - We lose them by threes
  • Work of Art - We lose them by threes

    It was impressive watching a procession of friends making their way up to the podium Monday to pay tribute to the friend of many: Mel Root.

  • East finances worrisome

    With three months left in the fiscal year, time is running out for Las Vegas City Schools officials to figure out exactly where the district stands financially, and how it’s going to dig itself out of its financial hole.

    Plugging a large deficit is difficult under the best of circumstances. But when the exact magnitude of the shortfall remains unclear nine months into the fiscal year and when the plan for dealing with that shortfall is mired in vagueness, then the potential for catastrophe looms large.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 1, 2013
  • Another Perspective - We can do better for our pets

    By Martina Holguin

    For the Optic

    Have you ever driven down a street and noticed a dog or two running alongside the road? When you head out to lunch does the family of cats living behind the dumpster catch your eye? When you take your own dog out for that last walk before bedtime, do your thoughts drift to all those cats and dogs who know the pangs of hunger and who sleep with one ear up, if they are lucky enough to find somewhere to sleep at all? These are the kinds of problems the Animal Welfare Coalition addresses every day.