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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: City protects itself from its citizens?

    I attended a neighborhood meeting recently. At that meeting, those in attendance expressed thoughts, ideas and concerns. City Manager Tim Dodge spoke to us about his appreciation for how passionate we are and how much we love our city. He spoke of a master plan for the city, which, in a nutshell, consists of listening to needs and providing the community with sufficient services.

  • Letter: President’s 'charge' is really a tax

    The proposed health care “charge” of up to $3,800 to be imposed on individuals who refuse to obtain health insurance is indeed a tax. It is clearly (and correctly) labeled an “Excise Tax” in the Senate’s version of the healthcare plan under consideration.  Further, dictionaries and basic economic textbooks all define a tax as a compulsory contribution or charge imposed or levied by authority upon persons or property for public purposes or good.

  • Editorial Thumbs

    thumb UP for ... A DELAYED BUT GOOD REACTION. The charges against San Miguel County sheriff’s Deputy Inez Bolivar are serious. She is accused of breaking into a house and beating up a man while wearing her uniform and carrying her gun.

    At first Sheriff Benjie Vigil put her on paid administrative leave, then allowed her to keep her squad car at her house. But a few days passed and stronger disciplinary action was taken —Bolivar was dismissed from the force. In our judgment, that was a wise move.

  • Letter: Misunderstanding regarding expenses

    This letter is in reference to a benefit Poker Run scheduled for Saturday. There has been a misunderstanding. All funeral expenses have  been met for Danny Garcia by the insurance. I greatly apologize for any inconvenience this has caused and would like to thank everyone for their prayers for me and my family.

    Debra Archuleta

    Las Vegas

    Editor’s note: Archuleta is Danny    Garcia’s mother.

     

  • Letter: Still frustrated by the parade litter

    At last week’s Homecoming parade for West Las Vegas High School I saw a bunch of football players from East School District in their jerseys wait for the end of the parade with large plastic bags in hand and fall in at the end of the parade.

  • Letter: An encounter with the Swayzes

    We would like to share our experience meeting Mr. Patrick Swayze and his wife Lisa. It was  July 4, 2008, on Collins Drive during the fireworks display. Pepe and I with daughter Katelynn always park on Collins to view the fireworks every 4th of July, but on this night it was different. Pepe asked the gentleman in a big white dual truck if we can park next to him and Patrick Swayze responded back by saying “I don't see why not.” We backed up our minivan, unloaded our chairs and Pepe said to me quietly, “Guess who that is?

  • Editorial: Too many homicides

    Once upon a time, Las Vegas wore the infamous nickname Smack City, USA for the heroin trafficking in our city. Now we run the risk of being known as the small-town murder capitol of the nation.

    Since May 2007, there have been 11 homicides in and around Las Vegas. David Seiler, John Paul Gonzales, Manuel Ramirez, Stephanie Dimas and Damian Ortiz, José Apodaca, Jasmine Garcia, Timoteo Jaramillo, Terry Greer, and, this month, Ernest Gutierrez and Kevin Duran — all died at the hands of another person.

  • Work of Art: Not a hothouse plant

    A couple of nights last week might have been the coldest of the season. Whether it froze or snowed depends on whom you talk to. Regardless, many people needed to crank up their thermostats.