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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Protect our special places

    New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment, is full of beauty; from the wildlife it has to the people that live in it. Despite this allurement, oil and gas companies are already fracking within New Mexico, and now they have their eyes set on fracking outside precious national parks like Chaco Canyon.

  • Stop neglecting your vehicle

    Many vehicles were neglected during the recent brutal winter months and could use a little extra care by now. The Car Care Council recommends that motorists follow three simple steps during National Car Care Month in April to get vehicles ready for the spring and summer driving season.

    Keep your vehicle clean. Regular car washes and waxes protect the paint and body of your car from corrosive debris. In parts of the country where salt is used on the roads, regularly washing is especially important.