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Today's Opinions

  • Work of Art: Stranded somewhere in Europe

    The first installment of Work of Art, on May 1, 2003, declared that talk certainly is not cheap. In that column I mentioned paying more than $52, to listen to a woman, who spoke flawless Spanish, tell me my close relative had been detenida at a hotel in Tijuana.

  • Letter: Stop using your credit cards

    If you have credit cards, like most of us, you’ve probably been getting mail from your card-issuing bank lately. A letter per card is what I’ve been getting during the course of a few weeks, advising me of changes they are going to make to the terms and conditions that govern the use of my card. “Adjustments,” they call it.

  • Editorial: We need a uniter

    Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez announced last week that he wouldn’t run for another two-year term. That took us by surprise, given that he is an ambitious, relatively young man.

    Promising to bring transparency and accountability to City Hall, Marquez came in with the support of many in the community. Indeed, this newspaper endorsed his candidacy. Perhaps the mayor really intended to keep his promises. But it didn’t work out that way.

  • As It Is: Unknowns may have a shot

    During a weekend trip to Albuquerque, I noticed a billboard that read, “Doug Turner for Governor.”

    You may be wondering, Who is Doug Turner?

    Well, he is one of the several unknowns running as Republicans for governor. Your first reaction may be that he and the others may have no chance against the well-funded establishment favorite, Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, a Democrat.

  • Letter: Jesus would vote against city prayer

    This letter is in response to some criticism of my comments opposing public prayer in City Council meetings.

  • Year-End Editorial Thumbs

    Thumbs DOWN for ... HOMICIDES AND VIOLENCE. Three homicides in a single year — 10 in less than years — is a lot for a town the size of Las Vegas. In fact, it’s murder rate akin to Detroit’s, a big city with tremendous problems. So what’s causing it here?

    We could speculate as to the causes — and there are many, we surmise — but let’s hope the anti-crime task force that Mayor Tony Marquez is putting together will provide the kind of insights that will help us address this continuing tragedy in 2010.

  • A farewell column: Moving on

    By the time you read this, I will no longer be employed by the Optic.

    There’s no rancor on either side; it’s a corporate downsizing thing, and in this respect, I’m another casualty of the recession — I’ve got plenty of company in that, nationwide.

    On the upside, I had no idea when I hired on that I would be with the Optic this long.

  • Letter: Father assaulted, nothing done

    It troubles me that the New Mexico State Police in Las Vegas can take its time to complete and investigate an assault. (As of this writing) it has been over 12 days since my 75-year-old father was assaulted by two brothers in their 20s and yet my father is the victim and the two brothers, who assaulted him, are free.