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Today's Opinions

  • Nuestra Historia: New Town’s first Hispanic mayor also its last

    A week after the merger of East and West Las Vegas was approved at a special consolidation election, the two towns held their last regular elections as separate municipalities, and on March 5, 1968, East Las Vegas elected its first Hispanic mayor since the rail town was founded almost a century earlier.

  • In search of pride and ambition

    I was seated in a local restaurant reading the newspaper and enjoying lunch when I was distracted by individuals in an adjoining booth boasting on how long they have been able to get away with extended unemployment, food stamps, welfare and how easy it was to get their free government cell phone.

  • Animal neglect is a serious problem

    Ecclesiastes 3:19 : “For what happens to the children of man and what happens to the beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts, for all is vanity...” Letters to the Optic regarding the subject of abortion have appeared with frequency over the past few months.

  • We must continue to trust women

    “Miley Cyrus and Lindsay Lohan” are examples of women who cannot be trusted. This is according to Mary Vermillion in her Optic letter of Sept. 27 regarding abortion. If one of these two misbehaving celebrities should find herself in an unplanned (or crisis) pregnancy, no choice for her! This raises a critical question: If you can’t trust a woman with a choice, how can you trust her with a baby?

  • Our war on children

    “The chief executive of Britain’s biggest abortion charity has said women are legally free to arrange an abortion because they are unhappy with the sex of their unborn baby.” — (UK Telegraph Oct. 7) Wonder what’s next.

    Some say when you can’t win an argument, change the subject. That’s exactly what Marshall Poole is attempting to do in his recent letter to the editor. His 1,100 words of rabbit trails are diversions from the issue of “life.”

  • Local hero deserves recognition

    Jerry Flores was an outstanding West Las Vegas High School athlete and scholar. He went on to sacrifice life and limb in the Vietnam War, where he paid the ultimate price — he gave his life for the values inculcated in him by his illustrious family, school and community.

    I find it only fitting that the West Las Vegas School Board provide an appropriate and well-deserved honor to this exemplary student, citizen, brother and beloved child by naming a school building appropriate to his honor.

  • Happy 120th, Highlands

    As New Mexico Highlands University celebrates its 120th birthday this week, it’s worth taking a look at the impact the institution has had on our community.

    It’s difficult to imagine the city of Las Vegas without Highlands.

    From the beginning, the university has served as a vital economic engine in Las Vegas, employing hundreds and drawing many students to this area.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 16, 2013