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Today's Opinions

  • Work of Art: Kick the can

    Wagon Mound High School, the place from which our youngest son, Ben, graduated, has always been proud of its basketball, whose season generally  runs from Aug. 1 through July 31.

    It was the school my dad attended around the turn of the last century. “We didn’t have a fancy name for our team,” he said, when asked if he played for the Trojans.

  • Vote on Tuesday

    Judge races. Two county commission seats. Sheriff and assessor posts. And of course two state representative positions.
    Those are the local elected positions that San Miguel County Democrats will decide or else play a key role in deciding during Tuesday’s Primary Election.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 2, 2014
  • Just a Thought - Don’t let unhappy people drag you down

    One crab in a bucket without a lid will climb up the side of the bucket and escape. If there are two or more crabs in the bucket, there is no need for a lid.

    You see, a single crab will see the opportunity of escape above and will climb upwards and succeed in reaching the top. You need to put a lid or cover on the top of the bucket to keep the single crab from getting out. If you have two or more crabs in the bucket, you need no lid. None of the crabs will be able to escape.

  • Optic picks for Primary

    Democratic Nomination for Governor

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 30, 2014
  • Nuestra Historia - The Americanization of the Old Town Plaza

    Resident scholar and historian Marcus C. Gottschalk has done painstaking and meticulous research into the original layout and early development of the Old Town Plaza. In 2001, he first published Pioneer Merchants of the Las Vegas Plaza, a work that includes the development of the Plaza from its settlement through the territorial period.
    Because of his knowledge and expertise on the current subject in our series, I asked Marcus to author this column and the next, in our continuing chronology of Las Vegas history.

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  • Letters to the Editor - May 30

    Praying for family that lost lodge
    We would like to send a prayer out to Peter and Valerie Romero and family along with their mother Norma and sister Leandra Romero from Holman for a tragic fire that destroyed their hunting lodge. Mr. Romero is a registered outfitter and owns and operates Sierra Blanca Outfitters in Mora County. Mr. Romero utilized the lodge to house his clients during the hunting season.