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Today's Opinions

  • Flores responds to criticism

    In the senior profile (published Aug. 30) I never mentioned that I claimed to be a member of the “panel of inmates” who worked closely with Dwight Duran in filing a lawsuit based on prison conditions.

    The panel and Dwight Duran deserve every ounce of credit for bringing the matter before the federal court system. Their hard work paid off, and it made dramatic improvements on living conditions, disciplinary issues, medical care, etc. I agree I had nothing to do with that.

  • Where, oh where is Valencia?

    After 60 years of seeing it, driving past it on the way to Santa Fe and past it on the way back — and wondering?

    Smack dab in the middle of the Glorieta Pass is an exit for Valencia.

    What’s Valencia ?

    It is not on any map I have looked at. I exited and looked around. There are some new-ish roads and guess what? Houses!
    Ilfeld and Sands have disappeared. Is Valencia a desparecido?

    I’ve never known anybody form Valencia.

    Anybody know anything about Valencia?

  • Optic column was courageous

    With reference to the column “Showing Mercy — An Important Milestone,” by Mercy López in the Sept. 30, we wish to thank Mercy López for the wonderful heartfelt, courageous, self-revealing, and honest column in today’s Optic.

    We realize this may have been one of the most difficult pieces she has ever written as a journalist, but we applaud her for doing it. Mercy’s story is the kind of story that needs to be told, and we hope that this one opens the door to many others.

  • Mayor recognizes businessman

    As mayor of the city of Las Vegas, I want to express my sincere thanks and appreciation to Loyd Jeffrey for his willingness to continue volunteering his time to assist citizens in need.

    Two years ago, in 2011, I asked for his help to assist a family whose water heater was inoperable and he, without hesitation, fixed the problem at no charge to the resident in need, nor to the city of Las Vegas.

  • Who is trying to deceive whom?

    This letter is in response to Frank Splendoria’s letter in the Optic Sept. 13th.

    I have no interest in arguing with you about your abortion beliefs simply because I disagree with you (which I do). You can — and will — believe whatever you want. However, it is quite clear that you advocate for your religious views being made the law for everyone. You accuse me of trying to deceive readers about your position. I don’t think so. I think anyone reading your letters knows your views on abortion without any misdirection from me.

  • Shame on Congress

    Here we are at the start of another federal fiscal year and still no budget.

    For about 800,000 federal workers deemed “non-essential” that means forced furloughs. For members of the public it means closures of national parks and monuments and other federal agencies, and fears that an already weak economy will get even weaker.

    Worse yet, it’s a sign that our elected officials in Washington may just be irresponsible enough to refuse to raise the debt ceiling, a move that would force our nation to default on its financial obligations.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 2, 2013
  • Work of Art — ‘You’re a heretic’

    For years I’ve read about the old school marms, usually found in Dickensian novels, whose only way of passing on erudition is by ridicule.

    But it goes beyond what we read in Victorian novels; for some, it was a daily experience.

    Was I always a skeptic, or at least an inveterate questioner? In exasperation, Mom once announced to the family that the first word I ever spoke was “why?”