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Today's Opinions

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - April 18, 2014

    THUMBS UP! KEEPING LAS VEGAS BEAUTIFUL
    City of Las Vegas departments and 132 volunteers collected 260 bags of trash from April 7 to April 13. It was part of the latest Keep Las Vegas Beautiful event coordinated by city employee Diego Trujillo. In all, city employees and volunteers collected 34,575 pounds of trash during the week. That’s quite an accomplishment. But there’s more work to be done. So let’s each roll up our sleeves and get to work cleaning up our own yards and streets.

    THUMBS DOWN! LOSING THE T-4 RANCH

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 18, 2014
  • Nuestra Historia - Las Vegas is born

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    For the Optic

    Even before 1835, farmers and ranchers from San Miguel had raised crops and grazed livestock on the lush meadows along the Rio Gallinas. And as related in our last column, Luis María Cabeza de Baca and his family had settled las vegas as early as 1820.

  • A day of reckoning

    It was with a great sense of satisfaction when I read (the April 2) Optic that the individuals culpable in the deaths of the two men placed into their care were arrested and charged in their deaths.

  • Not a class act

    On Tuesday, April 8, the San Miguel County Commission held its monthly meeting. The room was packed. The main item on the agenda was the vote to be taken regarding a two-year extension of the fracking moratorium now in place, the same two-year extension that had just been recommended by the Planning and Zoning Commission.

  • Protect the land from drilling

    In regards to Mr. (Jacobo) Pacheco’s recent letter, I couldn’t agree more with his stand to save what little is left of our land and water, not only in Mora County, but all of northern New Mexico.

  • Politicians should follow beliefs

    On Palm Sunday we heard the about the traitor Judas, and how he betrayed Jesus. We were also told of Pontius Pilate “washing his hands” of Christ’s Crucifixion.

    It reminds me of those so-called Catholic politicians (you know who they are), who say they do not support abortion because they will not impose their beliefs on others. They wring and wash their hands as Pilate did. But what of the millions of wasted little ones they choose to ignore?

  • Label genetically modified food

    Recently, Kroger and Safeway both announced that they will not sell genetically engineered salmon in their stores. The fish in question have had their DNA altered so that they grow twice as fast. These announcements were preemptive, as the Food and Drug Administration has not even approved these salmon for market.