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Today's Opinions

  • Be a hero, help return service dog

    It has now been four weeks since my black-and-white Shih-Tzu was abducted from my house area.

    This little dog is more than a pet, she is a family member. She is my service dog; I am a disabled veteran.

    I plead with the person who has her to return her. I am still offering a reward and no questions asked. Please call 429-4972 or 429-4515.

    Maybe you don’t have her, but look around, does a friend or neighbor? Please encourage them to do the right thing. Be my hero as I was when I served for your freedom. Please help bring her home.

    Charlotte Wootton
    Las Vegas

  • Nuestra Historia - Kistler’s Optic spurred racial divide

    In 1979, a century after Russell A. Kistler founded the Optic, beloved Optic editor Lois Beck wrote of her predecessor: “Kistler had unabashed contempt for all other racial and ethnic groups but his. ‘Mexicans’ were barely tolerated by him, positively not considered ‘Americans’ even after Kearny told them they were. This racial dementia was so much a part of him that he disclosed it unconsciously, as well as deliberately. No, Russell and I didn’t belong in the same century and certainly not in the same town.”

  • Editorial Roundup - Dec. 7, 2012

    The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle on low water levels in the Great lakes (Dec. 3) — As New York continues to clean up from a massive storm surge along its seaboard, residents along Lake Ontario are suffering the opposite problem: too little water. While state leaders lobbied Monday for federal funds to rebuild downstate, funds are already in hand for mitigation of low-level conditions like those in the Great Lakes. Unfortunately, they are not fully allocated. That must change.

  • Timely deposits

    The break-in and theft of an office in the Las Vegas City Schools District speaks to a matter the district needs to address — that of unnecessary delays in depositing money into school accounts.

    Last week, Juan Carlos Fulgenzi, co-curricular director at Robertson High School, reported that someone broke into his office and took $2,500 from a file cabinet.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 5, 2012
  • Work of Art - Some things don’t mix well

    Time changes things. Or at least, the lack of time changes things by rendering them trite, banal.

    Ever notice when someone utters something while taking off from a red light, or on the way out the door? In my case, in the rush,  I sometimes fail to understand and respond with something all-purpose, like “You’ve got it” or “That’s correct” or “I see what you mean” or “Yes, I agree” or “Good point.”

  • Heat your home safely

    Tragedy often strikes unexpectedly, as was the case last week when 46-year-old Sonia Baca, a mother of three, got caught in a home fire at Enchanted Hills Mobile Home Park in northern Las Vegas.

    She died in the fire early Wednesday morning after helping her 14-year-old daughter get out. An account has been set up at the State Employees Credit Union, named “Memorial Fund for Sonia Baca and Kids,” to financially help the family through the loss.

    Our heart goes out to the family — especially to her children.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 3, 2012