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Today's Opinions

  • Union, what's your secret?

    Those interested in our schools often focus on the win-loss records of the West Las Vegas and Robertson football teams. But we’d like to offer two numbers that are much more important for our community’s future — 72 and 76.

    The first number is the percentage of students at Union Elementary School who are deemed proficient in math. The second one is the percent who are proficient in reading.

  • 'Tu'? Or 'usted' instead?

    Here’s a brief primer on one important difference between English and Spanish. Somewhere along the linguistic ladder, people stopped using “thee” and “thou” in English, whereas the Romance languages, for example Spanish, retained forms like “usted.”

    I won’t speculate as to whether the use of particular word combinations determines respect, or lack thereof, or is the result of it. Which came first?

    Let me explain:

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... PARADE WINNERS. Congratulations to the winners of the Fiesta parade in July. They worked hard and should be applauded for their accomplishments.

    Thumbs DOWN for ... A LACK OF RECOGNITION. Unfortunately, the Fiesta Council hasn’t seen fit to give any recognition to the winners of the July parade. Judges were on hand during the parade, but we have yet to see the results.

    It’s time the council gave the winners some recognition.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP for ... EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS. On a recent day, Bridge Street businesswoman Yvette Arellanes was seen in Old Town picking up litter around 7 a.m. as she was walking her dog.

    If more people followed her example, this town would become cleaner.

  • Letter: Buffer zones great idea

    We would like to salute County Manager Les Montoya for putting forth the suggestion of an unidentified county resident to create industrial buffer zones in the county. What an enlightened idea!  

  • To the Point: A significant resignation

    The leader of instructional reform at Highlands is giving up and going home, for reasons that will surely make the university’s leadership uncomfortable.

    Some faculty, however, rejoice over his departure.

  • As It Is: 'Can't we all get along?'

    When I see division in our town, I often mutter around the newsroom, “Can’t we all get along?”

    That’s what police brutality victim Rodney King told reporters during the L.A. riots in 1992.

    In recent times, we’ve seen a number of battles between otherwise well-intentioned folks in town: the Chamber of Commerce vs. the Old Town merchants, the Arts and Cultural District vs. Special Projects in Arts, Culture and Education, and the Fiesta Council vs. a lot of people.

  • Editorial: Privatization is an option

    Las Vegas residents will see their solid waste rates spike by 43 percent in the coming months. We supported this increase so that the city could upgrade the solid waste department’s equipment, pay for the mandated cleanup at the old  Camp Luna landfill and offset an ongoing deficit.