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Today's Opinions

  • Big threat to press freedom

    Republicans, Democrats and defenders of the First Amendment are decrying the decision by the Justice Department to secretly subpoena two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press.

  • Kids need consequences

    My name is Ray Gallegos, and I was born in Las Vegas, N.M. I retired from education last year and have more than 35 years of educational experience as a teacher and administrator. My role as a single parent of two daughters may prove to be the most credible of my qualifications to comment on education.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - May 17, 2013

    THUMBS UP! Such a rich life
    Many people go through life with only a passing acquaintance with their great-great grandchildren, five generations away from their ancestor. But in the case of Juan Andres Madrid, who died only recently, there is one more generation: He is survived by 16 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, 22 great-great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-great grandchildren. That’s a great legacy.

    THUMBS DOWN! That lingual controversy

  • The high cost of fishing

    Recently I was invited to go fishing, for opening day, at Murphy Lake. Before we left I did some figuring. First and foremost a fishing license is required. Spiraling out of control, one must now pay up to $40 for the license, which doesn’t guarantee a fish.

    Your license allows for a five-fish limit, so don’t invite six people to your fish fry. Let’s not forget $20 for gas round trip. If you and your company don’t want to go hungry and/or thirsty, munchies and refreshments are a must, another $20.

  • Corporations’ rights need to be reined in
  • Mora committing economic suicide

    Will the last Mora County Resident to leave please turn out the lights.

    Just about the time we think things cannot get any worse for our zero growth, high unemployment neighbors to the north, it does, get worse that is. The body of county folks in charge must have several closets of shoes with holes in them from the ready, fire, aim approach for which they are so famous. If it is not the county complex fiasco it is the anti-fracking ordinance.

  • County officials to be applauded

    Because the U.S. Supreme Court says “Corporations are people and money is speech” does not make it so.

    By your reasoning orders from on high are sacrosanct, thus German soldiers were absolved of any guilt for “following orders” during the second World War, even when those orders were illegal.    

  • Nuestra Historia: Optic has seen 10 owners since 1879

    In its 134-year history, the Optic has changed ownership 10 times, though three of those owners held the newspaper for less than two years. After Hub Kane died of a sudden heart attack in 1947, the Optic was run by a board of trustees headed by attorney Louis C. Ilfeld (Charles Ilfeld’s son), and included Kane’s widow, Helen Kelly Kane. The trustees and Mrs. Kane ran the paper for a brief period, but less than a year after Hub Kane’s death, the Optic was sold to Orville E. Priestly.