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Today's Opinions

  • Another Perspective — Native amphibians in trouble

    By Eric Martin

    Las Vegas Optic

    The USGS Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative released a study this summer that states amphibian populations in the U.S. are declining at a rate of 3.7 percent  a year from the habitats they currently occupy. According to amphibianark.org, 165 is the “estimated number of amphibian species believed to have already gone extinct” and 500 is “the estimated number of amphibian species whose threats cannot be mitigated quickly enough to stave off extinction.”

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Oct. 18, 2013

    THUMBS UP! DEDICATED COUNTY ROAD CREWS
    We’re grateful for the rains Las Vegas and San Miguel County got between July and September, but the heavy rains created headaches for county road crews who have been putting in long hours trying to fix the resulting damage to roads. To all those workers who have been having to put in lots of overtime, we thank you.

    THUMBS UP! A BARREL OF LAUGHS

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 18, 2013
  • 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.”