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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Cartoons - Sept. 14, 2012
  • Waterless refuge

    The lead story in this month’s newsletter by the Friends of the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, La Voz del Refugio, sported an unsurprising headline: “Dry Times on the Refuge.” That’s obvious to anyone who has been out there this summer — the marshes are dry, the fields never really turned green and even the wildlife seems more scarce. It’s no secret that a couple of years of especially dry summers have taken their toll on everything around here, and the refuge is clearly no exception.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 12, 2012
  • Work of Art - 92, and she’s ‘with it’

    Photographing Julia Martinez for the Optic’s Senior Profile feature last week convinced me that hers was by far the easiest interview I’ve helped writer Lupita Gonzales conduct.
    I simply go along for the photos; I let my colleague ask the tough questions.
    So what made it so easy? Probably our conviction that Mrs. Herman Martinez is extremely alert. Yes, she’s 92, but she’s much more “with it” than many people 30 years younger.

  • 9/11, divisions and unity

    Who doesn’t remember Sept. 11, 2001? Anyone old enough can recall where they were and what they were doing when they first heard about the planes crashing into the two towers of the World Trade Center, then into the Pentagon, and finally and unintentionally into a secluded field in Pennsylvania. Like the attack on Pearl Harbor some six decades earlier, it was an infamous day — and a call to war.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 10, 2012
  • Editor's Note - Working off script

    It’s no wonder the television networks opted to cut back their coverage of the party conventions. These days they’re so scripted that one might mistake them for infomercials.

    Still, there are those occasional unscripted moments, like the Clint Eastwood episode at the Republican National Convention. Bizarre is a good word to describe it, and sadly entertaining. I doubt it did the Romney-Ryan ticket much good.

  • Fracking poison water, air, us

    I want to thank Tom McDonald for his (Aug. 27) editorial asserting what the oil and gas industry’s carpet-baggers will not tell you, our commissioners (including Ron Ortega), or Ron Barela; namely, that the hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), over 60 years and a million wells later, has proven to cause irreparable harm to the groundwater, livestock and humans living on or near fracking sites. The long and well documented history of “fraccidents” (including fatalities) speaks for itself.