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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Police harassment and more exists

    In response to “Cop abused woman” published May 20, I am not surprised to read that Martin Salazar (alleged) acted in such an unprofessional manner. My son and husband have endured harassment (too).

  • LETTER: Safety and relationships

    Again it is time to celebrate the longtime tradition of our Fourth of July independence.

    This is just great and fun. We must be careful and be safe. Respect one another and be friendly. We all join in together to celebrate this wonderful event.

    No need to be angry and unfriendly. Citizens and out-of-town visitors should respect the law and our fellow police officers.

    Police officers are here to help us. When we need protection and services, who do we call but our police (peace officers), right?

  • LETTER: Article was insensitive

    I am responding to your article on June 26th that provided details on the house on Tilden that the city is evidently targeting. I do know some of the history of the situation.

  • LETTER: Smoking by door is not enough

    I am currently a youth advocate against tobacco use in and around my community. As I have gone to several businesses around town, I have had to walk past people smoking next to the door. The Dee Johnson Clean Indoor Air Act is a law that was passed in 2007, which eliminated indoor smoking in any public place. This law provides designated areas for smoking but these areas must be away for any doorways, windows, or ventilation systems to prevent secondhand smoke from entering the building.

  • COLUMN: Turning the tide?

    A lot of people had high hopes for Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez when he took office in March 2008. A relatively young guy, he seemed to represent the change that so many people sought.

    Three months after his election, the mayor convinced a City Council majority to fire six department directors, but he didn’t find replacements right away. In fact, the city didn’t fill most of the vacant posts until more than six months later.

  • EDITORIAL: Fiestas and freedom

    It’s hard to describe the Fiestas de Las Vegas in only a few words and do it justice. One can look at the schedule and see a wide variety of activities and events — a parade, a reína’s baile, a holy mass, a fishing expedition, a run/walk, a tribute to veterans, fireworks, street dancing and lots and lots of musica — which begs the question, what ties all this together?

  • EDITORIAL: Constitution trumps policy

    A public official’s most important duty is obedience to the U.S. Constitution. That’s why the Las Vegas Housing Authority must immediately strike its provision allowing for warrantless searches of houses.

  • COLUMN: They leave by twos and threes

    Famous people die in threes, as in Ed McMahon, Farah Fawcett Majors and Michael Jackson. Important people, not necessarily famous, pass away in pairs.

    Two people who have been close to my family, though probably unacquainted with each other, are Robert W. Johnston and Nea Escudero.

    First Bob.

    The name Johnston in Las Vegas is much less common than Johnson, without the “t.” Robert K. Johnston, a prolific writer of letters to the editor, for a time was confused with the Robert with a W in his name. I know both.