Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 23, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: Great debates

    A couple of weeks ago I was asked to be a judge at a series of debates at West Las Vegas High School. What I experienced was both frustrating and inspiring.

    First, the frustration. I found it difficult to sit there without speaking up about the issues under debate. The questions posed were relevant and timely and the wannabe teacher in me wanted to jump into the fray. But I maintained my role and kept quiet — not such an easy thing to do for an inky pundit like me.

  • Listen up, city government

    I doubt that the majority of people here in Las Vegas feel that city government should have the authority to forcibly remove items from private homes and yards and to place liens on said properties, to pay for the removal; on the sole purpose of their interpretation of an ugly appearance.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS DOWN! TRAGEDY STRIKES. Two Las Vegas city employees were killed Wednesday when a deep trench they were working  in collapsed. After the ditch collapsed on them, a frantic effort ensued to get them out, but Frank Romero and Gene Hern died at the scene. And to add to the tragedy, fears that the ditch remained unstable kept crews from pulling out the bodies until hours after the accident.  

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 20, 2011
  • Another Perspective: Living on the edge

    By Andrew Feldman

    For the Optic

    Our water problem can basically be broken into two parts — water infrastructure (expensive) and actual water supply (scarce). The infrastructure will take a great deal of money to fix. The supply is more uncertain and no amount of money can make it rain or snow. If we fix the infrastructure and do some other innovative things we can hedge our bet against drought.

    In the past when the water situation became dire, previous city administrations would talk, but then it would rain and nothing would get done.

  • Nuestra Historia - Charles Ilfeld built business empire

    The most well known of the early Jewish settlers of Las Vegas was Charles Ilfeld, who came here in 1867, when he was only 20. He had arrived in Santa Fe two years earlier, emigrating from Homburg vor der Hohe, a town in Germany near Frankfurt, then part of the Prussian Empire. According to Ilfeld family history, Charles arrived in Santa Fe with only $5 in his pocket.      

  • Orgullo del Norte - Connecting our herencia with our heroes

    “Spontaneous combustion of grassroots politics is the future.”
    — Dick Morris

    Mexico won its independence from Spain in 1821. Now that Mexico had control of the church, it began to call back all missionaries from El Norte. This move left just a handful of priests to hold mass throughout the many villages. Most rural villages went up to a year without seeing a priest from the Catholic church.