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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: A strange birthday gift

    “You’re doing fine, Dad! You can make it.” With that, my youngest son Ben, less than half my age, entreated me as I climbed and descended a mountain — all part of his and his wife Heather’s gift on my birthday. I didn’t need a pep talk; I needed some horse liniment.

  • EDITORIAL: Earth Day

    So this is Earth Day, a moment in which most of us give little more than lip service to the world we live on. But in recent years, it seems there’s been a growing national consciousness in recent years. Maybe it was Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” that shifted our focus from feel-good environmentalism to real-world talk about carbon footprints. Or maybe it was the war in Iraq, which has highlighted our need to be less independent on foreign oil, but Americans are clearly “thinking green” as never before.

  • EDITORIAL: A setback at City Hall

    The city’s auditing firm last week requested authority to launch a thorough investigation into the utilities department’s finances. Jeff McWhorter from Albuquerque-based Accounting & Consulting Group told the council that he found “anomalies” in billing records at the department.

  • COLUMN: New energy, old feuds

    Las Vegas City Manager Timothy Dodge took the helm more than a month ago after having served several years as the manager in Santa Rosa.

    So far, he has been receiving good reviews. He has been credited with getting citizen input in the Lee Drive area about a controversial roundabout and acting on their concerns. And he has also gauged residents’ views on various issues in the area of Robertson High School, especially when it comes to traffic.

  • LETTER: Swift punishment is effective

    I am responding to the debate about the death penalty. If you believe the absoluteness of so-called science fiction, you are strongly deluded. Anyone who has studied science and statistical analyses should know that you could interpret and make numbers (percentages, significance, error, etc.) say whatever you want them to say!

  • COLUMN: Seeking computer illiteracy?

    Whenever there’s an error in the Optic, some readers likely  think we messed up. And they holler, “Hire a proofreader!”

    But isn’t it possible that we merely plant a typo here and there? Why? To give readers something to talk about and us something to write about. Like now.

  • EDITORIAL: AG won't let Block escape

    The state attorney general’s office stepped up to the plate when Jerome Block Jr. admitted to the Optic last fall that he had lied on his campaign finance report. The AG immediately launched an investigation of Block, who won a seat on the state Public Regulation Commission in November.

  • LETTER: ‘Johnston’s Law’ hard at work

    Congratulations to our City Council! In a rare display of wisdom, they nixed the silly ideas that have been proposed for beautifying Grand Avenue.  These proposals are a fine illustration of a general law: Give a committee enough money and enough time, and it will inevitably come up with the worst possible solution. This law, which I will modestly name after myself, should rank right up there with Murphy’s Law as a guiding principle of the universe.

    Bob (Robert K.) Johnston

    Las Vegas