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Today's Opinions

  • Voting always matters

    Some Americans tell journalists and fellow citizens that our votes don’t matter, that our capitals and our leaders are bought and paid for. However, there are a lot of reasons to vote in all U.S. elections.
    Voting isn’t for everyone; just those of us who want to help preserve democracy for future generations, and take advantage of an opportunity protected for them by the sacrifice of millions over the past few centuries.

  • Letter to the Editor, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018

    Self-evident storms
    Every day, Americans struggle against one or both natural and man-made disasters. President Trump personifies not one, but both; natural in the pathological sense, because his behavior, presumably outside his control, defies normality, and in the man-made sense, because he chooses bigotry, offensive sexual behavior, and ignorance, as a way of life.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018.

  • Raising someone else’s spouse and parent

    If you have children, you are raising someone else’s spouse. You are raising someone else’s parent. How does that make you feel? The responsibility of parenting can be considered the greatest thing most of us ever do.

    I have been blessed to have been married to my best friend of 34 years. When I met her I inherited everything that others had poured into her. Twenty six years of her story was written before we met.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, Jan. 26, 2018

    THUMBS DOWN: VOTE, OR DON’T COMPLAIN
    Optic staff receive as much feedback about the Las Vegas City Council as any other government entity in the county.
    Two council positions are up for election March 6. Are you registered to vote?

    THUMBS UP: A HARD DAY’S NIGHT

  • The demise of human customer service

    Older people, such as myself, like to think we’ve acquired the wisdom of the ages, but when it comes to the modern world, the young’uns have a leg up on us.

    That occurred to me when I had some questions about my cell phone account, and I didn’t want to sit on the phone all day trying to get the answers I was seeking. So I decided to go to the office in Las Vegas and talk, face to face, with a customer service representative.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018.

  • What's in a word?

    A recent column on the use of profanity and obscenity drew quite a bit of reaction. I’d written about language and how it affects people.

    The crux of the discussion was that identifying words that are too gross to appear or be uttered in public places is difficult. How do we sanitize language?