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Today's Opinions

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Jan. 4, 2013

    THUMBS DOWN! RIDICULOUS GOVERNING. Last year there was the debt ceiling, approved in the 11th hour in a way to create a “fiscal cliff” for Jan. 1, 2013. Then came the fiscal cliff itself, and Congress dodged it in the 13th hour — actually taking the cushion of a federal holiday (New Year’s Day) to approve an alternative to wrecking the economy. And now we’ll have to face another round of gridlock in the weeks ahead as the nation approaches yet another debt ceiling.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 4, 2013
  • Another Perspective - Public servants

    By Mark Shields

  • Mil Gracias - Jan. 4, 2012

    On Dec. 23, the Las Vegas Police Officers Association conducted a toy drive where off-duty officers, family members and volunteers were able to distribute toys and jackets throughout the city. The officers along with Santa drove around neighborhoods and handed toys to children who were in the area. This was all made possible by the generous donations made by several businesses and individuals.

  • Nuestra Historia - Nuestra Historia begins third year

    This column first appeared two years ago, on Jan. 7, 2011, when Nuestra Historia was introduced with the hope of bringing to life the history of our area. We said we would focus on the social, cultural and political milestones — sometimes tumultuous — which have made Las Vegas and San Miguel County a very special and singular place.

  • Editorial Roundup - Jan. 4, 2013

    The Staten Island (N.Y.) Advance on the National Rifle Association and the gun industry (Dec. 31) — The National Rifle Association claims putting guns in the hands of more people is the way to deal with mass shootings in America. It says only good guys with guns can stop bad guys with guns.
    Such was the shameful response of the NRA, one of the nation’s most powerful political lobbying groups, to the Dec. 14 slaughter of 20 first graders and six adults in Newtown, Conn.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 2, 2013
  • Hopes for the new year

    With new years come fresh perspectives, at least in optimistic minds. Here are a few of our hopes for the new year:

    We hope the Castañeda Hotel’s purchase comes off without a hitch and its renovation pumps new energy into the Railroad and New Town districts. This imposing edifice from the olden days of East Las Vegas is long overdue for a massive makeover, and we’re hopeful that buyer Sloane McFarland makes the best of it. May he have strong community support in his efforts.