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Today's Opinions

  • AS IT IS: No West parties these days

    In the spring of 2006, a woman told me at a local restaurant about a West Las Vegas schools-sponsored party that cost thousands of dollars. It was invitation only. No kids allowed.

    The kicker: It was paid for with taxpayer funds, she said.

    That sounded interesting, but unbelievable. I had a lot of stories on my plate at the time, so I didn’t put any time into pursuing this lead.

    But one by one, five more people called me up to tell me about the party.

  • LETTER: What about church, state separation?

    As a citizen of the United States of America and as a God (Judeo/Christian God) fearing person, I was surprised and outraged to read an article on ABC News Jake Trapper and Karen Travers report dated Aug. 19, that in a conference call with liberal and progressive religious leaders President Obama railed against those who were “bearing false witness” in the debate over health care reform.

  • LETTER: The truer biblical meaning

    The recent article “Get both sides out there” characterized the Rainbow Club gay float as irrelevant and nonsense. The author opined that the Optic’s reporting of the event was “tragic” on the basis of certain Biblical passages that allegedly brand all homosexuality an “abomination.” He equated homosexuality to rape, incest, bestiality, and necrophilia. He challenged a public debate on homosexuality — the specific area was left open-ended.

  • LETTER:Thanks to Moore for her stands

    To councilor Diane Moore: Thank you for looking out for the interests of Las Vegas’ taxpayers.

    We are too easy. Taxpayers get hit by federal, state, county, city, etc., for the little money available in Las Vegas and its surroundings, and no one seems to care.

    I was glad to see you stand up for the taxpayer in denying yet another big hire. Perhaps the customer service manager hire can be rescinded, also. As you are aware, I argue that our elected council persons are our customer service manager, that is the reason they are elected.

  • THUMBS: Our high country lowdown on the news

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    OPEN DISCUSSION. We’ve called it “the ‘c’ word” in the past because of the overall reluctance people have with discussing it, but now “consolidation” appears to be out of the bag. Some 150 Las Vegas and area citizens came out Tuesday night to openly talk about the pros and cons to unification of the school districts. The result was an agreement that a fact-finding committee should be formed to explore the issue more deeply.

  • LETTER: An accepting hometown

    I have always been proud of my hometown. When I read that a recent parade included a float that supported the gay community it confirmed what I already knew, that Las Vegas was a small town with a genuine warm friendly feeling that was accepting of all good people.  

  • EDITORIAL: Mayor is hurting self

    If Mayor Tony Marquez kept his promise on open government, he would make his life a lot easier. And he’d do the public a big favor.

    Here we go again: The mayor gets in his bunker, broods in secret and comes up with schemes to get back at his perceived enemies. Then he ends up embarrassing his administration. And then when the bad news gets out, he lashes out yet again. And around and around we go.

  • WORK OF ART: Words lose their meaning

    Words are meaningless. Well, some words. Let me explain: There actually were good old days when a handshake sealed a deal, when people who promised to pay actually came through, when people didn’t need to get into the “did not/did too” entanglement.

    Nowadays, too many words tend to be laden with sarcasm. The last time you heard someone say, “excuuuze me,” “sorrry” or “You’re so-oo much help” you probably weren’t seduced by notions of sincerity.