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Today's Opinions

  • EDITORIAL: Board right to raise issue

    A firm auditing a governmental entity’s finances should be unquestionably independent. That’s in the interests of public credibility.

    Recently, the West Las Vegas school board debated whether it should choose J.J. Griego Professional Services as the district’s auditor for the next three years, as it has been for the previous three.

  • COLUMN: Why denigrate Mexicans?

    As usual, we’re seeing that local argument between those who say film productions have greatly benefitted the community’s economy and those who say they haven’t.

    Both sides have their good points, but I sure would like to bat down one criticism of movie projects in the Meadow City.

  • EDITORIAL: Arresting their own

    The Las Vegas Police Department recently arrested one of its former officers for distributing prescription drugs.

    The department, which heads the Region 4 Narcotics Task Force, investigated Robert Ortega, who was on the force until last month. for trafficking drugs. And he ended up facing three counts of drug distribution, while his wife, Judith Ortega, is charged with two counts.

    Both are presumed innocent until proven otherwise. However, the arrest of the former officer shows that the department isn’t exempting its own.

  • COLUMN: Bike riders just whiz by

    Copenhagen, DENMARK — Two weeks in Scandinavia, for a vacation and the baptism of grand-daughter Ellen Vestergaard Trujillo, mark our third trip here. We took a side trip to Stockholm, Sweden, the farthest east we’ve ever been, and though we have a better feel of the turf both in Stockholm and Copenhagen, we have much to learn.

    Let me explain:

  • LETTER: Questions and answers

    Question: Who said this?

    “Ratification of the Convention (against Torture) by the United States will clearly express United States’ opposition to torture, an abhorrent practice unfortunately still prevalent in the world today.

  • LETTER: Consider a civilian review board

    When a police officer does a bad thing, it shocks the public and rightfully so.

    Certain rights are guaranteed to our citizens through amendments to the Constitution and those rights should never be infringed upon by law enforcement officers acting under color of law.

  • LETTER: Outraged by official reactions

    I am absolutely disgusted by the actions, not only of the police officer involved in the recent story that ran in the paper about a woman being allegedly abused, but by the actions of police Chief Gary Gold and District Attorney Richard Flores. This officer, at the very least, should have been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation of the allegations, but instead the chief states that he is still on duty because it was a personnel matter?...

  • LETTER: Wind turbines create uncertainty

    I used to live around Bernal, right at the foot of Starvation Peak. Cleofes Ortiz was my landlord, friend and neighbor. I lived there for several years in the ‘70s, had owned property in the area and was currently hoping to find a nice parcel to build a passive solar adobe. My wife and I looked at a few properties in the Blanchard area and would have bought a charming eight-acre site we like until we learned of the proposed wind farm in Rowe Mesa.