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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial: Good television

    Television is a two-edged sword. It has been both a contributor to and a detractor of the quality of life in America. On the one hand, television made us more closely connected as a nation and to our world, but on the other, it has also pulled us inside, so that our sense of community is more distant. We don’t know our neighbors as we used to, we don’t just sit and around and talk like before, because of the neverending temptation to withdraw into the world of television.

  • Editorial: The lion's fate

    We’re glad to see MainStreet Las Vegas taking a proactive approach to a longtime New Town statue, the lion fountain at Grand and Lincoln Avenues. The fountain itself has long been out of order, and now the statue is deteriorating. Unless something is done, Las Vegas will lose yet another piece of its history.

    The lion fountain was built in the late 1890s as an alternative watering hole to the infamous saloons that filled New Town during those Wild West days. Preserving it is a matter of civic pride.

  • Letter: The veteran, the father, the hero

    Recently my father asked me to help compose a letter to the Veterans Administration. He said that the VA did not have any record of him being in Japan when he was wounded in Korea. I asked him if he had any letters or orders and he presented me with his discharge and, to my surprise, three letters recommended him for the Purple Hearts. As I read through the letters I was amazed that he had been wounded three times in one month. I researched more and found the name of the ship that transported him to Japan and the hospital he was in.

  • Work of Art: Just wachate, amigo

    My dad, who lived almost 95 years and who passed away in 1998, might have believed that he and his own father invented the Spanish language. The few times I watched him become passionate about an issue often dealt with the language he so loved, usually a lament about the deterioration and especially adulteration of Spanish.

    Let me explain:

  • As It Is: To the mayor's credit

    A few weeks ago, someone asked me if I could name anything good that Mayor Tony Marquez has done.

    Much criticism of the mayor has appeared on our Viewpoints page in recent months, including in this column. That’s because Marquez has been embroiled in a number of controversies.

    But I came up with three things immediately for which I believed the mayor could take credit:

  • Editorial: Attorney misses point

    For seven months, the Optic has been trying to give you the side of interim Las Vegas City Attorney Carlos Quiñones. But he has refused to answer our calls or e-mails. Last week, he finally spoke out publicly — on a local radio station.

    Let’s give you some background: This fall, the attorney general determined that the city had violated the Inspection of Public Records Act by not giving to the Optic e-mails between the mayor and City Council members. When the Optic challenged him on this issue months ago, he replied, “you’re full of s---.”

  • Letter: Mil Gracias

    Nov. 11 of each year is the day that we ensure veterans know that we deeply appreciate the sacrifices they have made in our lives to keep our country free. Veterans Day, honors all American Veterans, both living and dead, however, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank living veterans for dedicated and loyal service to our country.

  • Letter: Why not use our treated water?

    I am a new citizen of Las Vegas. I have now been here for 2-1/2 years. When I was a visitor we stayed at the KOA south of town. We had two neighbors, both seeking a new place to put down their roots. One found a lovely restored 1880s railroad home and the other found a beautiful spot on Sheridan Road, overlooking the valley and the mountains across the way.