Today's Opinions

  • Problems with utility billing

    Several years ago I was involved in a too short-lived project at City Hall to streamline the utility billing process. John Avila, myself, and staff had several meetings to build a streamlined and more accurate billing process. We didn’t get too far but I do remember a few startling things:

  • Political motivations

    It seems to this writer that our council and mayor are always shooting from the hip without consideration for input from the people. A resolution was passed against the Air Force flights in three days because the mayor said there wasn’t any time for public input. That was a year ago and the Air Force hasn’t made its decision yet. Now it’s about water and asking for grants.

  • Offering a safe environment

    The results of the May 2009-October 2010 Department of Health and Human Services audit of three Head Start grantees from each of eight states called attention to the need for the highest level of safety for the over 1 million children and families Head Start and Early Start serves every year.

  • ‘Strange partners’ in Mora’s district

    I read the Optic about the recent question on finances at the Mora Independent School District, and how according to reports, the money for education was misused. Only one thing still puzzles me. Roger Gonzales is a Republican, and he was the treasurer for one of the county commissioners, who is a Democrat. I guess it’s true when they way, “Politics make strange partners.” Hope things work out OK.

    Rosalie Regensberg

  • Nuestra Historia - Immaculate Conception church and school

    After the railroad arrived in 1879 and east Las Vegas began to grow, its Catholic population decided to establish a church on the eastside,  apart from Our Lady of Sorrows.  

    They enlisted  the support of the Italian  priests who had earlier founded the Jesuit College in Old Town, and by the early 1880s, the Rev. Blasé Antonio Schifinni of the Jesuit College began holding religious services in a building on Railroad Avenue. (The history of the Jesuit College appears in  Nuestra Historia, June  2011.)

  • Editorial Roundup - Excerpts from editorials around the nation - Dec. 30, 2011

    The Indianapolis (Ind.) Star, on the Aliahna Lemmon murder (Dec. 28) — Aliahna Lemmon was only 9 years old and it was only three days before Christmas when she was murdered in a series of acts so horrific that it strains the bounds of good taste to describe them in even general terms.

    Police say a neighbor in a Fort Wayne mobile home park — entrusted to care for Aliahna and her younger sisters because their mother was sick — has confessed to beating to death the little girl and then dismembering her body.

  • Power plays out in 2012

    The year that’s about to end has been tumultuous both nationally and internationally. In the Middle East, revolutions took seed, sometimes toppling entrenched powers within a matter of weeks, and setting off a global reaction. On every continent there has been protests over one apparent injustice or the other.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 28, 2011