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Today's Opinions

  • Band is important; so decide wisely

    I heard about a recent board meeting at Mora Independent Schools and I was disappointed with what I heard.

  • Mil Gracias - August 31, 2012

    The Las Vegas Arts Council would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to Janet Remenyik, this year’s project director for the People’s Faire on Aug. 11. Janet has worked tirelessly for several months, recruiting and vetting vendors, mostly local, and making the necessary arrangements for this event.

    We also appreciate the professional expertise of Carlos Ortiz, as well as other City of Las Vegas staff. The talented musicians and dancers provided a celebratory ambience.

  • Nuestra Historia - ‘Going from one country into another’

    East and West Las Vegas evolved as if they were two neighboring countries, divided by a river, with a border crossing on Bridge Street.

    The remarkable separateness of the two towns was vividly observed by Milton Nahm, as he recalled covering the Carl Magee trials as a cub reporter for the Optic in 1923 and 1926.

    Nahm’s description of the pronounced divide is intensely poignant, and his narrative transports you to that time:

  • Editorial Roundup - Excerpts from editorials around the nation - August 31, 2012

    The Jerusalem Post on the passing of Neil Armstrong (Aug. 24) — Whether you were a wide-eyed five-year-old, a self-absorbed teenager or world-wise adult, you’ll likely never forget the moment. On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 commander Neil Armstrong climbed down the ladder outside the lunar module, and with a little jump, became the first person to set foot on the moon.

  • Another Perspective - Negotiation, litigation, and never an agreement

    Last week we went into detail about how the City of Las Vegas and the acequias moved from litigation to negotiation and, unfortunately, back into litigation over Gallinas River water rights. Now let’s explore where the impasse currently stands — and how litigation is again getting in the way.

    When the court-ordered legal proceedings to resume litigation, the acequias sought to continue negotiations and, at first, the city seemed to agree. Not so now.

  • Hedging their bets

    Let’s be clear on this: The proposed water rate increases are high because a large influx of revenue is needed. Las Vegas needs millions of additional dollars to address some pressing water system needs. If not, the “what-ifs” could determine the city’s future.

    Here are a couple of those what-ifs — worst-case scenarios that might still be preventable, if only the city had the money:

  • Editorial Cartoon - August 29, 2012
  • Work of Art - ‘Officer, it’s water, not beer’

    The commotion lasted half a Saturday morning, taking place almost directly in front of my house on Railroad Avenue, otherwise known as El Barrio.

    It was back in the ‘50s, on a summer morning when several of us spotted a shirtless neighbor, Tommy, driving while guzzling a can of Coors.