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Today's Opinions

  • Filibuster rules need reforms

    In the past, Senate members used a filibuster as a means of bringing attention to a high-profile bill they disagreed with.  For many, many years it was seldom employed but since the 1970s it has been used repeatedly to stop much of the chamber’s work. Both parties have used the filibuster to alter simple “majority rules” bills to supermajority votes, so this is not a partisan issue.  

  • A fitting Veterans Day ceremony

    Veterans Day started early as members of VFW Post 1547 and DAV Post 17 battled the bitter cold to post our National Flags around Veterans’ Park. Elks Lodge 401 hosted a breakfast for Veterans at their local Lodge. At 11 a.m., veterans and community members gathered on Sunday, Nov. 11, to celebrate with local veterans.

    Despite the cold and windy conditions, the determination of our local community to pay tribute and acknowledge those who served, leaving loved ones behind, and those who never returned, leaving broken hearts and memories.

  • Mil Gracias - Nov. 16, 2012

    Aaron Ortega was a lifelong resident of Las Vegas, a son of Juan and Annabella Ortega, and a victim of a rare enzyme disorder called methylmelonic acidemia. Aaron was a person who loved music and always had the desire to start a heavy metal band called Life & Death. His favorite holiday was  Halloween. For those reasons the Aaron Ortega Life & Death Fest has been held on the weekend nearest Halloween.

  • Nuestra Historia - The best laid plans of mice and men ...

    When the territorial legislature yanked the Las Vegas Land Grant from the Hispanic community in 1903, and placed it under the control of Judge William J. Mills, he immediately appointed an Anglo-dominated board of trustees to oversee the immense land grant.
    Headed by banker Jefferson Raynolds and former New Mexico chief justice Elisha V. Long, the “trustees” quickly decided the grant should be developed in earnest — to attract both outside investment and settlement.

  • Editorial Cartoons - Nov. 16, 2012
  • Editorial Cartoons - Nov. 16, 2012
  • Editorial Roundup - Nov. 16, 2012

    Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald on U.S. Post Office cutbacks (Nov. 10) — Severely cutting the retail window hours of 13,000 of the least-used post offices is a way for the U.S. Postal Service to address its serious funding shortage. But many Americans no doubt see it as the lesser of two evils.

    The greater evil, at least to many of the rural and small-town residents who depend on those little outposts of mail and sociability, would be to shut them down completely.

  • Leaving no one behind

    When President Obama spoke on Veterans Day at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, he spoke as if the United States never leaves any veteran behind. “We take care of our own,” he said more than once. It was inspirational rhetoric, but it’s not altogether true.

    On the battlefield, a soldier is taught: leave no one behind — it’s something they strive to do even though it’s not always possible. But when soldiers return home, far too often they are left to fend for themselves.