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Today's Opinions

  • Correction

    In Dale Harapat’s letter, published Sept. 7, there were two typographical errors in the closing sentence. It should have read “Such corrective actions would show female children, like my two daughters, and all citizens, that the most qualified and experienced person is really the best person for the job, no matter what sex they are, especially one as significant and important as chief judge.”

  • Letter: Not a problem for the dog owner

    I have a large dog. Over the years I have feared he may someday bite someone other than the “bad guy,” so I have been exceptionally careful to protect him and others from something going “terribly wrong.”

    I have recently learned, however, that nothing would happen to my dog or myself if he were to viciously attack an innocent passerby walking his or her dog. No, my 87-pound Chow mix could silently charge and attack a naïve citizen and his or her dog and I would have no worries.

  • Letter: Community banks aren’t the problem

    The U.S. Congress is considering a proposal to create a new mega-regulator designed to address abusive financial practices. Not only would this approach undermine small community banks and cause more harm than good, but it also misses the best opportunity to protect consumers: namely, addressing the too-big-to-fail concentration risks among our nation’s biggest banks that have cost Americans over $7 trillion in economic worth.

  • Letter: Government run vs. privately run

    On Sept. 1, I made a transition from health insurance provided by my former employer to Medicare and a Medicare supplement. Perhaps my story has some relevance to the larger health care debate raging the past few months. Certainly it seemed so to me.

  • Editorial: A big speech

    At 6 p.m. today, President Obama is going to speak to Congress about health care reform. It’s a big speech in that he needs to convince not only Congress but the American public that we’re better off passing some real health care reforms now rather than putting it off, again, until who knows when.

  • Editorial: Who's really full of it?

    The Optic has maintained for six months that state law requires the city of Las Vegas to release e-mails involving a quorum of the City Council.

    Our argument was pretty simple: The state Open Meetings Act mandates that governing bodies discuss public business in the open. And that law includes all forms of communication, including e-mail.

    But City Attorney Carlos Quiñones stood in the way of openness, as is too often the case at City Hall. He told the Optic that the city couldn’t find any e-mails on its server involving a quorum of the council.

  • Work of Art: Coerced into optimism

    Much to my surprise and yeah, even annoyance, I’ve come across many people who, no matter what, cannot be coerced into optimism.

    I’ve met scores of them, possibly because that trait used to be mine as well. These are the people determined to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, who become obsessed with seeing the down side of things and who refuse to enjoy the present because, sadly, it’ll end some time.

  • As It Is: Demonizing differences

    During the recent forum on whether to unite the two local school districts, one woman claimed that those who took the opposite opinion from her didn’t have the best interests of the children at heart.

    Can’t folks disagree on district consolidation without accusing the other side of having the worst of intentions? Do we have to demonize differences of opinion?

    In this instance, I’m sure most of the people on both sides of the issue really believe that they are putting the children’s interests first.