Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Cartoon Nov. 11, 2015
  • Thank you, veterans

    Editor’s note: A version of this editorial first appeared in the Optic last Veterans Day.

    “Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude. America will never forget their sacrifices.”
    — President Harry S. Truman

    Those words — chiseled into stone and on display at the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C., — are just as true today as they were when President Truman said them nearly 70 years ago.

  • A work of Art: Heidi Game revisited

    It’s hard to imagine that years after a fiasco involving a television network that other geniuses would produce a rerun of that shameful act.

    How many readers can recall the infamous “Heidi Game”? It took place in the fall of 1968 and involved two leading (at the time) National Football League teams, the Oakland Raiders and the New York Jets. There was a virtual rerun of the “Heidi Game” this past Sunday, although not quite of the magnitude of the one 47 years ago.
    Let me explain:

  • Editorial cartoon - Nov. 8, 2015
  • Editorial: Pet ordinance needs a tweak

    Much work has gone into the proposed pet ordinance that the San Miguel County Commission will take up on Tuesday.
    For too long, San Miguel County has been the Wild West on animal welfare issues, with irresponsible pet owners allowing their dogs to run amok without regard for the animal’s safety or the rights of their neighbors.

    While the county already has a pet ordinance in place, it lacks teeth. The proposed ordinance changes that, imposing progressive fines and even criminal sanctions to encourage compliance.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - In the back yard with Java
  • Letters to the Editor - Nov. 8, 2015

    Highlands president deserves an ‘F’

    Sam Minner, Highlands’ new president, has brought home his first report card for the school year, and there is a large, red “F” in the integrity column. This failing — but well-deserved — grade tells us that Sam has started out at his new school by copying some of the behavioral tendencies of the five previous Highlands presidents over the last 15 years.

  • Just a Thought - If I had only one day together with you

    By Rick Kraft

    I am a both a student and a teacher of leadership. I had the chance to listen to one of my mentors over the past 20 years speak at a recent conference in Atlanta.

    Author and speaker John Maxwell was not on the speaker list, but he showed up at the conference and was given the opportunity to present a short talk on leadership packed full of tools and applications. Maxwell combines a history of 25 years as a pastor followed by 20 years of leadership training in the business world.