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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    I would like to commend the Las Vegas Fire Department, particularly staff members Lt. Samuel Lujan, Engineer Louie Mares and firefighter Rodney Sauter, for their recent outstanding and noteworthy service to our community.

    At the Public Safety Committee meeting on Monday, Aug. 10, these three firefighters received the Phoenix Award, an honorary award that recognizes the individual for the significant service of successfully resuscitating a patient from respiratory or cardiac arrest.

  • THUMBS

    Thumb DOWN for ... AN UNFORTUNATE TREND. It isn’t good news when a local school district has to report that it has recorded a decline in enrollment. The Las Vegas City Schools reported yet another such drop recently, announcing it was down 122 students compared to the beginning of school a year ago.

  • EDITORIAL: Failed logic on West board

    Politicians are for open government until they’re against it. The latest ones to prove this truism are Gary Gold and Christine Ludi, members of the West Las Vegas school board.

    Recently, David Romero, the board’s newest member, proposed that the board start recording its meetings, a practice that inexplicably stopped a few years ago.

  • WORK OF ART: The price of their toys

    Before the days of heightened airport security, I was at the terminal at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport and noticed a man struggling with two huge suitcases. This was before luggage grew wheels. I  offered to help.

    Because of matters of balance — two trunks are easier to carry than one — the elderly man declined. As he rested, he pulled out a pocket watch unlike anything I’d seen before. It featured a thread-thin antenna for a radio; it announced the time; it had a 24-hour alarm, an adding machine, a ruler, level, altimeter and thermometer.

  • LETTER: Get both sides out there

    I was shocked, but not surprised, when I heard that there was a gay float in the most recent parade. Later, I was surprised, but not shocked, to read that the Las Vegas Optic reported on the event supporting and only representing one side.

  • FROM THE HIP: ‘The Big Lie’

    It’s called “The Big Lie.” Hitler coined the term. Hitler believed that we, the people, actually are more vulnerable to colossal, outrageous lies than we are to small and relatively trivial falsehoods. He reasoned that the vast majority of us tend to tell the small and niggling little lies of the “that dress looks great on you” variety on a regular basis. Consequently,  petty falsehoods are within our experience and we are on the lookout for them.

  • EDITORIAL: Conversation continues

    As stated in this space last Monday, the Optic is in the business of conversations. And in that regard, we’re proud to have played a role in facilitating an open discussion last Tuesday regarding the possible consolidation of Las Vegas’ two school districts. Opinions were fairly evenly mixed between those who favor, those who oppose and those who simply had questions — and the varying viewpoints produced a healthy and vibrant discussion.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    The second annual chile contest at this year’s Mora-San Miguel County Fair was a successful event. Over 200 people came out to participate in the judging in the different types of homemade chile. The contestants cooked both red and green chile. This year’s first place award went to Amy Chavez, second place Lydia Benavidez, and third place winner Juan Ortiz. The people’s choice award went to Manuel Benavidez.