http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Bricks & Mortar on Mainstreet: Building on a legacy http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/bricks-mortar-mainstreet-building-legacy <img src="http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/6.26pavers_1.jpg" alt="William Hern, Eager Beaver Landscaping, lays the first cobblestones. Las Vegas Musicians Reunited compiled a list of 555 deceased and living musicians and purchased cobblestones with their names that were recently installed in the Bridge Street Breezeway. " title="William Hern, Eager Beaver Landscaping, lays the first cobblestones. Las Vegas Musicians Reunited compiled a list of 555 deceased and living musicians and purchased cobblestones with their names that were recently installed in the Bridge Street Breezeway. " align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> Editor&rsquo;s note: Bricks &amp; Mortar on Mainstreet is an occasional series highlighting Downtown renovation projects from the Railroad Depot to the Plaza Park. This month&rsquo;s article is a conversation between Agnes Montoya, Rita Kavanaugh and Rose Coca, Committee Members of Las Vegas Musicians Reunited, and Cindy Collins, executive director of MainStreet de Las Vegas.<br /> <br /> Gun views fractious even as fewer bear arms http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/gun-views-fractious-even-fewer-bear-arms <p> Editor&rsquo;s note: This story is part of Divided America, AP&rsquo;s ongoing exploration of the economic, social and political divisions in American society.<br /> <br /> By Matt Sedensky<br /> The Associated Press</p> <p> NEW YORK &mdash; Wherever you look in this nation born of a bloody revolution of musket fire, chances are there&rsquo;s sharp disagreement over firearms.</p> <p> Democrats war with Republicans, and small towns are against cities. Women and men are at odds, as are blacks and whites and old and young. North clashes with South, East with West.</p> Editorial Cartoon: June 26, 2016 http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/editorial-cartoon-june-26-2016 <img src="http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/6.26nra.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="120" height="85" /> House leaders and gun debate http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/house-leaders-and-gun-debate <p> Editor&rsquo;s note: The following editorial is from The Boston Globe and originally ran June 22.<br /> <br /> A clumsy act of censorship by House Republicans Wednesday says more about the party&rsquo;s timidity than it could possibly have intended. The Republican leadership abruptly shut down the video feed from the House floor to prevent CSPAN viewers from seeing a protest by House Democrats, who were pressing for action on gun control.</p> Another Perspective: Teaching and learning: Let’s get engaged http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/another-perspective-teaching-and-learning-let%E2%80%99s-get-engaged <p> Just a Thought: What set of glasses are you wearing? http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/just-thought-what-set-glasses-are-you-wearing <p> &ldquo;I can&rsquo;t believe she doesn&rsquo;t buy a new washing machine,&rdquo; the neighbor stated with passion in her voice to her husband as she looked over her back yard fence at their neighbor&rsquo;s dirty clothes drying on their clothesline. &ldquo;Surely they can afford a machine that will clean their clothes.&rdquo; Please allow me to come back to this.</p> <p> Stephen Covey said, &ldquo;We see the world not as it is, but as we are.&rdquo;</p> County won’t ban fireworks this year http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/county-won%E2%80%99t-ban-fireworks-year <p> By Mart&iacute;n Salazar<br /> Las Vegas Optic</p> <p> San Miguel County officials have decided to forego a fireworks ban this year.</p> <p> Gov. Susana Martinez sent a letter to local government leaders on June 6, asking them to hold emergency meetings and discuss whether a local ban on the use of fireworks was needed in their area.</p> <p> The San Miguel County Commission took up the issue at its regular meeting on July 14. Heeding the advice of Emergency Manager Kurt Parkinson, commissioners voted not to institute a ban.</p> This year’s Fiestas to feature Sparx http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/year%E2%80%99s-fiestas-feature-sparx <p> Get ready, Las Vegas. It&rsquo;s time to get your dancing shoes ready as the annual Fourth of July Fiestas kick off on Friday evening.</p> <p> This year&rsquo;s four-day festival will feature several big-name bands including headliners Sparx, Jerry Lopez and Crossroads, Carlos Medina along with his comedian side Graviel de la Plaga, Al Hurricane Jr., Jerry Dean with Christian Sanchez, Las Vegas&rsquo; own Gonzalo, retired Robertson High School teacher Brenda Ortega, alongside her father Juan Ortega, and sister-duo Sorela.</p>