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Today's Opinions

  • Parks’ trees unsafe, unsightly

    I was very disheartened to read about the efforts of well-meaning people and our mayor to clean up the terrible looking and dangerous trees in our parks.

    Worse yet, threatening to be sued. I’d advise that person now that that will gain nothing. The town is doing its rightful duty to eliminate a public nuisance.  

    I have been in two of the parks on various outings and have noticed what bad shape some of the trees are in. It is scary to stand beneath ones that have broken limbs, bark peeling and limbs with no leaves in growth season. 

  • Nuestra Historia - New Mexico by any other name — Arizona?

    By Jesus Lopez

    Even New Mexico’s name was offensive to Washington, and during the long quest for statehood, several attempts were made to change her age-old identity.

    As early as 1869, a Congressional bill proposing statehood required that New Mexico’s name be changed to Lincoln. In 1888, New Mexico’s admission was proposed in Congress under the name Montezuma. Even these attempts at statehood having failed, a name change was never actually required —  until 1906.

  • Community Water Report - Protecting our water future

    By Bob Weesely

    Water supply is certainly the primary obstacle to Las Vegas’ economic growth and economic health.

    The Las Vegas Community Water Board, an all-volunteer organization, has been closely tracking the city’s water operations. In light of the political rhetoric over the past several weeks, we decided to report the facts about the city’s water behavior, as we see them.  

    In this two-part Optic series, we’ll describe the city actions to-date, and indicate what good each of the nearly two dozen actions will do.

  • Homegrown celebration

    This Friday, a unique celebration will take place, for the 18th time, inside the beautiful Ilfeld Auditorium on the Highlands University campus. It’s time once again for Fiestas de la Hispanidad.

    As usual, this annual event will feature a wide range of local talent. Singers, dancers, musicians and more showcase their talent to a familiar and friendly audience — and a good time will be had by all.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 7, 2012
  • Work of Art - Lots to ‘like’ in Cameron Diaz

    “What are you doing watching that program, Art?”

    “It’s strictly for educational purposes, my dear.”

    That was the exchange earlier this week when my wife asked me to turn down the volume of my “educational” program, Entertainment Tonight. Not highbrow enough? Well, let me explain:

    Purely for education and edification, I left the TV on after the evening news, enjoying a passive education and nodding occasionally, between my own nodding off.

  • Vote, twice

    This Tuesday, Las Vegas voters will go to the polls and select a new mayor and two new councilors — sort of. They’ll definitely select one of the two new council members, to represent Ward 2, but for Ward 3 they’ll more than likely select two candidates, the top two vote-getters, to face each other in a runoff.

    And for mayor, unless one of the eight candidates gets a majority, a runoff will pit the top two in that race as well.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 5, 2012