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Today's Opinions

  • Shame on the EPA

    Did you catch the Associated Press story out of Weatherford, Texas, on Page 2 of our Jan. 21 edition? It’s a frightening story for anyone who lives near a hydraulic fracturing operation, partly because of the potential contamination to their water supply, but also because it suggests that you can’t trust the government to stand firm and do its job even when the health and safety of your family is at stake.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 28, 2012
  • Editor's Note - Coming down the Gallinas

    If you’ve never attended one of the quarterly Gallinas Partnership meetings at Highlands University, I encourage you to do so. I attended my first one a couple of Fridays back — admittedly because I was on the agenda — and found it interesting and educational.

    About 50 people showed up for this particular meeting, which included four sets of speakers beginning with wildlife officials Rob Larrañaga and Debbie Pike talking about the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge east of town and the relatively new Rio Mora refuge in Mora County.

  • Insulted by editorial cartoon

    I’m very displeased and insulted on the inaccuracy of that editorial cartoon published in the LV Optic on Jan. 18. First and foremost, my heart goes out to the people who lost their lives in the Connecticut slaughter and other victims of violence done by the very few mentally unstable people. One person dead, is way too many people dead.   

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Jan. 25, 2013

    THUMBS DOWN! ANOTHER WAKE-UP CALL. It’s been said before that it’s not a matter of “if” but “when” a catastrophic wildfire will hit the Gallinas Canyon and watershed. But in a presentation to the Gallinas Partnership last week, U.S. Forest Service fire specialist Bill Armstrong minced no words as he reinforced that warning. “Your watershed is going to burn, categorically, without question,” he told a gathering of about 50 people.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 25, 2013
  • Balanced approach ‘won the day’

    Balanced approach ‘won the day’

    We would like to commend the San Miguel County Commission for the public hearing it held Jan. 10 on the proposed oil and gas ordinance. For the first time, all sides participated in the debate.

  • Letter writers raise good points

    This letter is intended to address two letters to the editor in the Optic on Jan. 18. I would like to praise Kim Reed-Deemer for her legitimate concerns regarding critical questions of regulations and enforcement having to do with gas and oil drilling in San Miguel County. I agree with her doubts about adequate environmental protections under the current state of affairs. In the long run, I wonder if the monetary gain to San Miguel County would be worth it to our youth and the wellbeing of every resident.