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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: A sympathy note to the students

    It is good and customary to send notes and gifts to families that have lost a loved one. There are many students at Robertson (as well as graduates) who were mentored and supported and transformed by their teacher and FFA sponsor, Gary Leger. Their loss was also profound. This note is to send my deepest sympathy and prayer for comfort to those students.

  • Water restrictions misguided

    This letter is to protest the recent action by the City of Las Vegas in imposing the new water restrictions which all but prohibit watering of lawns in Las Vegas.

    It seems that the new water restrictions are driven by the efforts of Councilman Andrew Feldman, the “self-appointed” water expert in city government. His comment that “we have to realize that we live in a desert” is not only wrong, but it demonstrates how out of touch he is.

  • Letter: Don't blame the 'six' for mistakes

    This is an unsolicited letter regarding the recent debacle concerning the Las Vegas Fiesta Council. There are those who would say I should stay quiet: that I’m too close to the situation and have a personal agenda. I would say just the opposite! Because of my closeness to the situation, I have relevant insight into many of the issues.  

  • Keeping It Simple: Just in case

    Several Optic readers have asked me when I am going to write another column for the paper.  My columns are usually about humorous or amusing events that may be common to the Optic readers.

    I appreciate the reader’s comments and support and also thank the Optic editor for making it possible. The following is based on my own observation of people who save things, which I am labeling the “Just In Case Savers.”

  • Letter: Optic was the best in a long journey

    I wanted to write and tell you how much we enjoyed the Las Vegas Optic. I like to buy a local newspaper while traveling and look at the news and events of towns and cities we pass through.  My sister and I traveled 2,000 miles in four days; your newspaper was the most informative and most interestingly written of all the papers we perused on our trip.  

    Marsha Cassada

    Hobart, Okla.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs UP to ... A SMOOTH WEEKEND FOR ROUGH RIDERS. Aside from the rain, last weekend’s motorcycle rally went very smoothly, from its staffing to the schedule of events posted on the Internet. In fact, it was so smooth it begs the question — why couldn’t the fiestas have run that well?

  • Letter: Unneeded, unfair use of tax dollars

    Hey, is it just me, or do you see our hard-earned tax dollars being wasted? First, we choke Mother Earth with street pavement. Then, we build speed bumps (“speed humps” in Old Town). Why don’t we just leave dirt roads and streets? Dirt roads work very well in the country in slowing down drivers.

    Think of all the taxpayers’ money we’d save. Mother Earth wouldn’t have as many freak storms and hurricanes, etc., just to breath.

  • To the Point: Highlands is cheap but not inexpensive

    Highlands University has a reputation as a school that doesn’t cost much: The tuition is the lowest of any state university.  Coupled with the low tuition is a high proportion of students who receive significant financial aid. For many, the tuition is irrelevant. They’re not paying it anyway.