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Opinion

  • Obviously, I’m playing on economist Thorstein Veblen’s concept of “Conspicuous Consumption,” in his 1899 publication “The Theory of the Leisure Class.”

    Veblen, a Norwegian-American, promulgates the idea that people purchase certain goods and services not to survive, but rather to identify themselves as having superior wealth and social standing. Well, our Las Vegas Conspicuous Construction is resultant of a different motive, I suspect.

  • Editha Bartley’s stories always jerk great memories back to the present for a timeless moment. When we cut our fingers trying to whittle a forked stick into a sling shot, Mom dabbed the injury with iodine or silver nitrate after kissing it. Or Grandpa would suck some white gas out of his four-door Studebaker convertible and slosh that on the wound hoping to prevent lock jaw. No Band-aids at our farm, which was two points east by south of Shangri-la.

  • We wish to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to everyone who participated in the first annual Parent/Community Institute on June 19. We extend a special “thank you” to exhibitors, guest presenters and the local businesses who provided door prizes. It would not have been possible to implement this function without the help of our volunteers, so a special thanks to you as well. Last but not least, we would like to thank West Las Vegas High School for the use of its facilities. We look forward to providing this training again next year.

    Maria Montoya

  • Now a 9-year-old girl has been hit by a driver allegedly using a cell phone. What is going to be done about this?

    The judge must fine offenders.  Police must write tickets. The city has a responsibility to increase educational efforts. The ordinance must be modified to increase fines for the offense.

    Let’s make our city a better place, a safe place for our children.

    Bruce G. McAllister

    Las Vegas

  • What are the chances? There are about a third of a billion people in the U.S., and two of us see the same person — a stranger — twice, though we’re hundreds of miles away?

    That’s too much of a coincidence, but stay with me and help me unravel this sighting matter.

    A while back, on the first Rail Runner trip for most of us, my family and I drove to Santa Fe’s South Capital Station to board the train for Albuquerque. There, I saw a man I swore had donned a half cantaloupe as a way of keeping cool.

  • The administration of the Las Vegas City Schools should keep the school board in the loop on major developments — good or bad.

    But it looks as if former Superintendent Pete Campos fell far short of that goal when the state activities association placed Robertson High School’s football team on probation for two years. He apparently didn’t even bother to tell the board.

    We found out about the probation last week from a lawsuit filed by the victims of the sexual assaults at the varsity football team’s camp in the Gallinas Canyon in August 2008.

  • The Meadow City Umpires Tournament, held June 18-19 at the Rodriquez Baseball Complex, was a successful event. My gratitude is extended to all the participants — players, umpires, bookkeepers, and fans — and certainly to the sponsors whose contributions allowed the two-day tourney to become a reality.

    Sponsors were All-Terrain Transmissions, Community First Bank, Divine Dental, Expert Auto Detail, Hair Innovations, Hillcrest Restaurant, Pam’s Flowers, Subway and Urban Wear.

  • I’m angry. I’m angry at the depth and breadth of the hypocrisy exposed by this Val Kilmer “issue.” What happened to the “clear and present danger” that could have affected the county’s health and safety county attorney Jesus Lopez advised would result if the commission approved Mr. Kilmer’s application?

  • “We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; that, to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed; that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles, and organizing its powers in such form, as to

  • Recently, the Las Vegas Council passed a resolution condemning the new law in Arizona requiring police officers to check the immigration status of anyone they stop or detain whom they suspect is in the United States illegally.

    Will this lead to racial profiling? Many believe it will; I’m with them.

  • It is very obvious you (editor Tom McDonald) have not sacrificed for our area, or our country either, and you are obviously not Hispanic. So, who are you to say “We say it’s time to move on.”  Who is “we,” pale face? What insult did you suffer?

    Kilmer did not apologize to any of the parties he insulted. Most of our county commissioners are not even veterans — certainly not Les Montoya, Jesus Lopez or Nick Leger, either — all at our expense!

    Don’t pile on.

    Emilio Aragon

    Las Vegas

  • For the past several years, I have been hearing about “equality” from domestic partnership activists, our governor, and even the director of the Internal Revenue Service. I am in favor of “equality,” especially when it comes to paying income taxes, however, with the legalization of same-sex marriages and domestic partnerships by several states and D.C., the failure of the Internal Revenue Code to recognize these relations has given them an unfair advantage over heterosexual couples.

  • In the nearly 40 years I have been here to enjoy the Fiestas de Las Vegas, they have always included a great parade. Parades here are wonderful and attendance is spectacular.

  • Around the world, approximately one out of three women has been raped, beaten, burned, and subjected to other forms of horrendous abuse in her lifetime, and in some countries, rates of domestic violence reach 70 percent. No country is immune — the violence crosses all borders and affects women of all ages, social groups, religions and classes.

  • Thumbs UP for ... LOUD AND CLEAR. Members of the Mora-San Miguel Electric Co-op rejected nearly all of the 18 proposed changes to its organizational bylaws last weekend, and we want to applaud the membership for one big decision in particular. Requiring the utility to follow the state’s open meetings and open records laws is critical for the co-op’s credibility.

  • Industrial wind developers like to dismiss local community residents as NIMBYs (not in my back yard), when they object to development within a few hundred feet of their homes.

  • Should our government have a zero-tolerance approach toward drunken driving? Of course it should. Unfortunately, the West Las Vegas school district has fallen short.

    Last year, the district’s head mechanic totaled a West vehicle in Moriarty. The Torrance County Sheriff’s Department said the West employee and a friend, another local mechanic, had gone to a bar and a strip club beforehand. Both went to the hospital after the crash.

  • Two things have happened recently to make me really ponder the ways in which people communicate — or sometimes don’t.

    When people say, “We’re just not communicating,” I want to say, “Yes we are, but we’re just not agreeing.” In other words, “Nothing never happens.”

    At the risk of violating the double-negative rule (nothing, never), I’m merely saying there always is communication, but not always what we desire.

  • If the Las Vegas City Council does its job, it faces uncomfortable issues. In so doing, its members may not always win popularity contests.

    At its regular meeting last week, the council voted to take the first step toward an ordinance that will raise the local sales tax by 25 cents for every $100 in purchases.

  • “Mora County had the equivalent of a political earthquake,” said David Giuliani in the June 7 Optic.

    Two Mora County Commission seats were taken by John Olivas and Paula Garcia during the primary election June 1. Uncontested for the November ballot and new to political life, Olivas begins his four-year term as the District 2 commissioner this coming January, while Garcia will run against Republican opponent, Antonio Pino in District 1.  But with 61 percent of the primary vote, her win in November should be for certain.