Today's Opinions

  • Just a thought... Close your eyes and play the ‘what if’ game

    There is a lot you can think about when you are strapped down on a gurney being flown by an ambulance plane to a heart hospital 200 miles away, expecting to have life threatening surgery upon arriving. Since this is still fresh in my mind, let me share what I thought about when I was in this situation a few weeks ago.

    I did not have any fear of death for my own sake. I knew my life was in God’s hands and He would determine what happened next. That was good enough for me. I had no desire to die, but if it was my time to change addresses, then so be it.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, March 17

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, March 17

  • From the University President: We face headwinds in university enrollment

    Undergraduate enrollment in American colleges and universities is down for the sixth straight year. There are many reasons for this decline.

    First and foremost, many states are seeing very limited growth in the number of high school students, and some states and specific regions of states are experiencing a decline in high school population.

    A second reason for the decline pertains to the economy. Unemployment is very low in most of America right now, and it is well known that when it is easy to get a job, college attendance rates go down.

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, March 17, 2019

    Tree support
    Thank you to the Optic for your recent article about the condition of our community forest. I would like to add some clarifying information to help the citizens of Las Vegas more fully understand the situation.
    First, the street trees are indeed in a critical stage of decline. Approximately half of our street trees are in poor condition or are dead or dying. The article stated that around 10 percent of the trees were dead.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news, March 15, 2019

    We applaud the 8-for-8 performance by our local basketball teams last weekend. The Pecos, Robertson and West Las Vegas girls all got wins, as did the boys teams from the same schools, along with the Mora boys, in the first round of the state tournament.
    And, of course, the Highlands men, with their historic first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament title, helped provide almost as much basketball playoff winning as is possible.

  • Turning pain and anger into humor

    Trump. Climate change. Liberals. Conservatives. Socialists. Capitalists.
    Bet you don’t think any of these charged-up words are funny, but maybe you should.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, March 17

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, March 17

  • Steer clear of deer

    Many of us have probably seen a Facebook video about a woman unhappy over the potential danger in a semi-rural neighborhood.

    Here’s what happened:

    By her house is a highway that contains signs warning motorists of deer that often populate and congest that area. And close to those signs is a school-crossing zone.