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Today's Opinions

  • Another Perspective — Let’s serve veterans as well as they have served us

    During the recent government shutdown many numbers were thrown around. But there is one number that stands out and it has nothing to do with the debate over the federal budget.

    More than one a day. That is how many members of our active-duty military, National Guard and Reserve forces have committed suicide over the last year. Simply put, we are losing more servicemembers by their own hands than we are by the enemy in Afghanistan.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Nov. 8, 2013

    THUMBS UP! HELPING THOSE IN NEED
    Luna Community College students are sponsoring a coat drive to help people stay warm this winter. The last day to donate a coat and other items like hats, gloves and scarves is Nov. 22. The items will be distributed on Nov. 23. It’s great to see students getting involved in such a worthy cause. Let’s help them out by looking through our closets and donating the coats we no longer use.

    THUMBS UP! MURDER CHARGE FILED

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 8, 2013
  • Another Perspective — Remembering a true believer

    People here still remember my parents. I know because they still ask about them. They may not have lived here long, but they were adored by those they served.

    Well, technically, only my father, the Rev. Charles P. McDonald Jr., “served” the church. For nearly two years in 2005-2007 he was interim pastor for First United Methodist Church here in Las Vegas. But my mother, Lois Lee King McDonald, also served — brightening up the congregation with her inextinguishable optimism and belief, always, in the goodness of everyone she met.

  • Nuestra Historia: At crossroads, Vegas turned to Chief Gonzales

    Unlike most municipal elections before or since, the 1970 election to choose the first mayor and council of the consolidated city of Las Vegas remains uniquely important, marking a momentous turning point for the twin cities — a crossroads which would set the tone and chart the future for a town long divided.

  • Montaño humbled by support

    I am truly humbled and honored by the overwhelming community support through the recent process of me seeking the governor’s appointment for the San Miguel County magistrate judge’s vacancy. I would like to congratulate Judge Eddy Gallegos and wish him well with the position.   

  • Women deserve much better

    Last year, myself and a colleague of mine took our students to a “Billion women rising” march at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe. Hundreds of women were walking around with notes pinned to their shirts that read, “I was raped” or “I was a victim of sexual violence.” My students heard these brave women speak, one after another, about their personal, painful, and traumatic experiences they endured.

  • Reinstatement of food tax unacceptable

    When the gross receipts tax on food was eliminated in 2005, municipalities were compensated for lost revenue by “hold harmless” distributions from the state. In 2013, a corporate income tax reduction was offset by phase-out of this policy.