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Today's Opinions

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Nov. 9, 2012

    THUMBS UP! FINALLY, IT’S OVER. In what goes down in history as the most expensive election in American history (at least until 2016), we breathe a sigh of relief that it’s finally over. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the total cost of the presidential and congressional campaigns jumped up 7 percent to nearly $5.8 billion, with about $2.5 billion going solely into the presidential campaign. One big reason for the increases: the superPACs.
    Not surprisingly, the previous record for campaign spending was in, you guessed it, 2008.

  • Editorial Cartoons - Nov. 9, 2012
  • Editorial Cartoons - Nov. 9, 2012
  • Nuestra Historia - Jones, Twitchell part of East’s prominence

    Never before in the entire Southwest had a community risen so quickly and grown so rapidly, as did East Las Vegas by the early 20th century.

    New Town became both the center of Anglo-American identity, and the foremost example of the Americanization of New Mexico. From all parts of the United States, newcomers descended on East Las Vegas, anxious to set their footprint in New Mexico’s premier American city.

  • Nuestra Historia - Jones, Twitchell part of East’s prominence

    Never before in the entire Southwest had a community risen so quickly and grown so rapidly, as did East Las Vegas by the early 20th century.

    New Town became both the center of Anglo-American identity, and the foremost example of the Americanization of New Mexico. From all parts of the United States, newcomers descended on East Las Vegas, anxious to set their footprint in New Mexico’s premier American city.

  • The county’s oil, gas ordinance

    San Miguel County’s draft ordinance regarding oil and gas references the “National Environmental Policy Act” and thus rightly includes all aspects of the biotic and abiotic environment, but unlike the law, fails to include “economics.” Unfortunately this is consistent with membership of the county’s oil and gas committee, which also did not have a specific representative for “economic development.”

  • ‘Envirowackos’ vs. other ‘wackos’

    According to Alan Franken’s letter to the editor published Nov. 2, those of us who oppose hydraulic fracturing, AKA fracking, are “envirowackos.” San Miguel County must be a haven for “envirowackos,” because more than 1,000  San Miguel County residents have already signed a petition demanding a ban on fracking. A recent online petition to ban fracking in San Miguel County has attracted over 1,600 signatures.

  • The road to (S)hell

    In Alan Franken’s Nov. 2 letter, he stated he was “scared” — more of the economic devastation than the known realities of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for natural gas here. Despite the mounting scientific evidence documenting the toxic effects on livestock, plants and, of course, people in 33 states, some still believe that the boom in the oil-and-gas industry will be a boon for San Miguel County — and, more dangerous, believe there is no down side.