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Today's Opinions

  • EDITORIAL: Romero should remain on the job

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero faces a misdemeanor charge of failure to report child abuse or neglect to law enforcement authorities, as do Athletic Director Mike Yara, former football coach Ray Woods and two former assistant coaches.

    The district attorney’s office alleges that these men failed to notify authorities about allegations that football players sodomized their teammates with broomsticks during a football camp last year.

  • EDITORIAL: Another matter entirely

    In another matter pending before the district, we don’t think high school teacher and coach Jay Quintana should be allowed back into the classroom — not as long as there are legal questions pending about his behavior with students. So far, no criminal charges have been filed against Quintana, but an outstanding tort claim alleges that he had sex, repeatedly and over several years, with a student.

    As long as such a serious issue remains unresolved, parents would be understandably outraged if he were allowed back into the classroom with their children.

  • COLUMN: That reminds me ...

    During the Punic Wars, my high school girlfriend and I went steady by telephone. A house full of teenagers placed demands on our phone, so my slot had to be early in the evening, lest I interfere with my three sisters’ more important calls.

    One time, after having been on the line for an ungodly amount of time — six minutes — I mentioned something in Mad Magazine.

  • EDITORIAL: Impetus to move ahead

    At the behest of a small group of concerned citizens (including the publisher of this newspaper), a Highlands University class took on a divisive local issue, conducted a survey, and produced evidence that, well, maybe the issue isn’t as divisive as one might think.

    In doing so, the professor and her class may just have given Las Vegas what it needs to honestly confront the issue.

  • LETTER: In son's name, a call to action

    It has been nearly six months since Jan. 15, since our son Mikey has been gone. His dreams were shattered when his young life came to an abrupt end and our hearts were broken, but today we remember how strong our faith in God is and in his promises to us, and we know that Michael is in Heaven and that he is watching over all of us, his friends and relatives, and his fellow residents of Las Vegas, for he was a “Vegas boy.”

  • LETTER: Remember to shop locally

    Please tell the readership of the Optic that shopping at home saves the consumer dollars and keeps local businesses in business.

    We are currently building a home near Sapello and needed more building supplies. I received quotes from local suppliers and those in Santa Fe. A Las Vegas supplier came in lower. Is there any doubt where we will shop? Time, gas and dollars saved staying at home.

    Having been a merchant in a small town located near a city, I know the value of shopping locally and supporting the local merchants.

    Linda Anderle

    Sapello

  • COLUMN: It's hard to say no to a boss

    If people want to get issues before the Las Vegas City Council, they have to meet a city deadline for their requests —  5 p.m. the Monday the week before a council meeting.

    That doesn’t always happen. As a result, the no-exceptions policy sometimes results in, well, exceptions. And that creates some confusion at times.

    Councilman Morris Madrid has a solution: The city manager should enforce the deadline for everyone, including the mayor and City Council.

  • LETTER: Dirty industry threatening us

    Question:  Do we want Mora to remain “agricultural” with our scarce precious water protected or “industrial” with water gone or polluted?

    We are now on the brink of a disastrous takeover by Corporate America reminiscent of the land grant takeovers of old.  

    Some recent examples of happenings elsewhere: