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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP to ... THE PROCESS MOVING FORWARD. It certainly was an busy primary election season, with plenty of local and state races. Most of them were decided with pluralities rather than majorities — an unfortunate result of the lack of runoffs. Plus, turnout was low. So there are reasons to be discouraged with this election cycle.

    That said, those who did vote made the process work, while those who didn’t — the ones who are part of the problem rather than the solution — have no room to complain (though we’re certain they will anyway).

  • Another Perspective: Online comments

    Over the last several months I have established a new online habit.

    As a voracious news consumer I will scan several online news sources; The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle (SFGate), KTVU.com, the Dallas Morning News, The Los Angeles Times and others. And of course thanks to the online edition of the The Las Vegas Optic, I can call up the latest happenings of my hometown.

  • Work of Art: An unexpected delivery

    It’s not the isolated bag that somehow gets dislodged from a moving pickup or a Wal-Mart bag that shoots out the window when Missy cranks the handle.

    No, instead, what a residential area in Camp Luna inherited Tuesday morning, compliments of some anonymous donor over the Memorial Day weekend was more than a dozen bags of trash, garbage, organic stuff, important records, school reports, sensitive material from hospitals and welfare agencies, a partially used prescription, and several dozen empty DVD cases.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    On behalf of Samaritan House Inc., we would like to take this opportunity to extend our deepest appreciation and gratitude to The Catholic Foundation, Archdiocese of Santa Fe, for their 2009 Grant Award of $5,000.

    The application was sponsored by Immaculate Conception Church and submitted by two of our board members, Katie McDonough and John Geoffroy.

  • Editorial: Rescind the pay hikes

    In this weak economy, our local government agencies shouldn’t be giving raises to its top officials. Doing so sends a bad message.

    Unfortunately, West Las Vegas’ budget includes pay hikes for its associate superintendent and business manager — this during a time when West is set to lay off eight first- or second-year teachers.

    Under the budget, the business manager’s annual salary would increase from $70,000 to $90,000 and the associate superintendent’s from $89,000 to $95,000.

  • Letter: Compassion must be in government

    This letter is prompted by the visibility and apparent success of the Tea Party phenomenon, more specifically by the letter by Annette Franklin in the Optic on May 19.

  • Letter: Loehr off base in observations

    John Loehr did not tell us where he attended high school. I found it interesting that he seems so horrified that anyone would not like the president and some people would even use racial epithets to describe the president.

    He talks about what a fine father and husband and basketball player he is. Of course, none of those attributes make for presidential qualities and abilities.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    On behalf of the West Las Vegas Music Department, we would like to thank the following individuals and businesses that contributed to our event: Platinum sponsor: Bank of Las Vegas. Silver sponsor: State Employees Credit Union, Deseo (John and Rose Montoya), ENMR, and State Rep. Richard D. Vigil of District 70. Bronze sponsors: Herrera Coaches, WLV board President Christine Ludi, WLV board member and Mrs. Kenny Lujan, First Community Bank, Antonio Ortega, Roy Pacheco for Sheriff, and KNMX (Mr. Matt Martinez).