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Columns

  • Guest commentary - Upgrade Mora services

    I relocated to Cheyenne, Wyo., after my term as county commissioner was over, but I still own land and pay taxes in Mora County. I go stay there a while on occasion, and it bothers me to see that there is such poor medical services available for emergencies.

    I know for a fact that the fire departments get a lot of money. Where is the money going? To fight fires out of town while the needs of the citizens are neglected?

  • Just a Thought: Making the most of 22 acres of worthless land

    By Rick Kraft

    If you ever get the chance to visit San Francisco, plan ahead. I strongly recommend that you visit a 22- acre piece of land that has a long, rich history and has served many purposes.

    This property was originally settled by the Spanish and then became United States property in 1848, followed by the State of California in 1850.

  • Guest commentary - Fundraiser concert May 12 to benefit organ

    By Bonnie Bolton

    Most ladies are reluctant to share their age.

    If you are a news hound, you probably saw the article where Doris Day (a beloved actress from the 1950-’60s) recently found out, in her nineties, that she is actually two years older than she thought.

  • Editorial Roundup - May 7, 2017

    The Durango Herald, May 1, on preserving national monuments:

    President Donald Trump has asked Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review national monuments created using the Antiquities Act by presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama since Jan. 1, 1996. The review, the first in the act’s 111-year history, includes those that encompass more than 100,000 acres and leaves room for review of monuments of all sizes considered to have been expanded or designated without adequate public outreach, with an eye to shrinking them or even possibly reversing designations.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Sounds of Spring are here

    By Beth Urech
    For the Optic

    What a joy to listen to a gifted soloist, an amazing duo and a mesmerizing trio performing on the same day!

    The Sounds of Spring concert is here Sunday at Ilfeld Auditorium.

    Ronald Maltais will perform Schubert’s “Moments Musicaux” with its sharp contrasts and mood swings. Ron began playing the piano at age four with lessons at age eight.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Borehole drilling hits grassroots opposition

    There’s an issue rising to the surface in New Mexico, over some boreholes the Department of Energy wants to drill. A lot of people in some very rural areas are saying no.

  • Work of Art: Copping an ID is complex

    A friend asked me to go with her to the Motor Vehicle Department in Las Vegas to get her squared away on the Real ID, which, among other things, entitles one to board a commercial airline.

    Apparently, the Real ID is a document with bells and whistles that gives the holder added privileges.

  • Another Perspective: Underfunding affects justice

    By The Hon. Charles W. Daniels

    For over a half-century since the height of the Cold War, our nation has set aside May 1 as Law Day in recognition of America’s national commitment to the rule of law in our constitutional system of free self-government.

    Over the years, the importance of our commitment to providing equal justice under law has been tested and reconfirmed in the face of serious internal and external challenges.

  • Just a Thought: Living in a world with no privacy left

    By Rick Kraft

    There is no privacy anymore. It seems that whatever anyone does is being watched or recorded. Today we live in a world with the highest accountability in the history of mankind.

    Everything you say or do can and may be used against you. A random picture can be taken of you and posted internationally on Facebook mere seconds after it is taken.

  • Another Perspective: Vetoes have dangerous consequences

    By Bill McCamley

    A few weeks ago, Susana Martinez vetoed funding for every state college and university. All of it.

    Since then, neither she nor House Republican Leaders have proposed a plan to restore it. Because every public school relies on New Mexico for 30 to 50 percent of their budgets, if not changed this decision will annihilate them.
    What does this mean for you? Plenty.