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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Change in city government

    “Change” is a key word during my administration as mayor of the beautiful city of Las Vegas. In early 2008, the citizens voted for that change, with new leadership and new direction. My administration continues to move forward in a proactive direction to effectively ensure the citizens of Las Vegas a quality city government. Today, we have implemented several initiatives to improve our city for the betterment of all Las Vegas residents.

  • EDITORIAL: Thumbs

    UP thumb ... GOOD REPORTS. The citizen-based advisory panels that Las Vegas Mayor Tony Marquez has named in recent months are proving themselves valuable in highlighting problems facing our community on various fronts. Both the Parks and Recreation and the Plaza task forces have reported back to the Las Vegas City Council on the need to clean up and better maintain our parks and rec facilities and to improve the lines of communication between filmmakers and local businesses and residents affected by their activities.

  • EDITORIAL: Numbers raise questions

    It’s not unusual for Las Vegas parents to compare the East and West school districts, mostly from the vantage point of which one offers the best education for their children. But an Optic report published last week, took a different approach in looking at the two districts — by including a “by the numbers” comparison.

  • COLUMN: Here's a capital idea

    For experimental purposes only, I wanted to test the frequency of capital letters adorning products. Accordingly, I’ve arrayed a dozen items in front of me to test the theory.

    My belief is that most people overuse capital letters, LIKE THIS. And they like to play with exclamations marks as well!!!!!

    But it’s hard to hear anything or anybody when everyone’s shouting.

    Let me explain:

  • EDITORIAL: Embarrassing conditions

    The list is long. Broken fences and bent basketball rims, overgrown  weeds and trash scattered about, a lack of working restroom facilities, graffiti — these are just a few of the items found to be at Las Vegas’ 14 public parks and recreation facilities. Scores of items were on the list. No wonder the mayor and city councilors described it as “embarrassing.”

  • COLUMN: The risk of Obama’s choice

    The die is nearly cast and America’s newest presidential hope has chosen Hillary Clinton, the senator from New York and the spouse of an aberrantly brilliant American politician, for the important post of Secretary of State.  

    Bill Richardson, the affable, ingenious, out-of-the box guy, our ever-popular governor, ended up a distant second in the competition for this post. Those of us who like Bill and know of his uncanny capacity for insight and sound analysis — Wen Ho Lee excepted — are saddened and a bit querulous.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    As an elementary teacher at Legion Park Elementary School, I am fortunate to work with some of the greatest people on this earth — the families of Las Vegas and their children. But even with such a great job, there are moments that stand out as spectacular events. The evening of Nov. 20, when we celebrated Harvest Night, was just such a moment.

  • EDITORIAL: Select Balderas

    It’s all but certain that Gov. Bill Richardson is on the way to becoming the secretary of commerce in the Obama administration.

    For the last year, Richardson has given all the signs that he wants to get out of New Mexico and work the corridors of power in Washington, D.C. As such, we’re sure that Lt. Gov. Diane Denish has been preparing for the likely transition to the governor’s office, even though she has joined with Richardson in being annoyingly coy about the possibility.