http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en A step in the right direction http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/step-right-direction <p> Editor&rsquo;s note: The following editorial is from the Portland (Maine) Press Herald and was originally published Thursday.<br /> <br /> The issues pile up: affordable housing shortage, college loan defaults, expanded social assistance program budgets, underfunded retirements.</p> <p> We treat them all like separate problems, but they all come from the same source: income inequality and stagnant wages for the middle class.</p> Editorial cartoons - July 6, 2015 http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/editorial-cartoons-july-6-2015 <img src="http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/7.6dukes.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /> Dispatch New Mexico - The latest chapter in civil rights http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/dispatch-new-mexico-latest-chapter-civil-rights <p> Americans have seen a lot of civil rights advancements over the past half-century, with a launching point for other causes coming with the modern-day Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and &lsquo;60s.</p> Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - July 3, 2015 http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/thumbs-our-high-country-lowdown-news-july-3-2015 <p> THUMBS UP! A JOB WELL DONE<br /> Editorial cartoons - July 3, 2015 http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/editorial-cartoons-july-3-2015 <img src="http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/americanflag_0.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" /> Just a Thought - A country worthy of being blessed by God http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/just-thought-country-worthy-being-blessed-god <p> By Rick Kraft</p> <p> On the wall behind my desk at home is a print of Abraham Lincoln in the oval office. He is down on one knee by his desk. On the plaque below the print is a quote by him: &ldquo;It is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependance upon the overruling power of God. And to recognize the sublime truth announced in the Holy Scriptures and proved by all history that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.&rdquo;</p> Letters to the Editor - July 3, 2015 http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/letters-editor-july-3-2015 <p> <strong>Campos has done much for county</strong><br /> Editorial Roundup - July 3, 2015 http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/editorial-roundup-july-3-2015 <p> Compiled by The Associated Press<br /> <br /> The Dallas Morning News on public servants&rsquo; religious beliefs and same-sex couples&rsquo; rights (June 30):<br /> No one should deny government employees&rsquo; right to exercise religious freedom in their personal affairs, but there must be no ambiguity regarding their official responsibilities. They are constitutionally bound to uphold rights and provide government services without discrimination.<br />