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Today's Opinions

  • Oil company haters should reject funds

    On the front page of the April 8-9 edition of the Optic there was a good story on the wildlife study that Highlands will be able to conduct as a result of a generous research grant. However, I noted that the grant was from one of those mean old capitalist oil companies. Now what?

  • Nuestra Historia: Junio Lopez and the Alpha News

    Our tale of two cities, presently focusing on the history of Las Vegas newspapers, will culminate in later columns with the merger of East and West Las Vegas in 1970. Consolidation of the twin cities is closely interwoven, however, with the Alpha News and its publisher, Junio Lopez — acknowledged by his contemporaries and historians alike as the father of consolidation.

  • Another Perspective - Oil and gas cost and enforcement issues

    Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of columns addressing issues associated with oil and gas development in San Miguel County. The articles were written by participants in PROTECT San Miguel county, a local all-volunteer grass-roots organization. The group has been working with the county’s oil and gas task force for three years, has toured several existing oil and gas producing facilities, and has been collecting extensive research on the issues. More information is at http://PROTECTsmc.org.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 24, 2013
  • Commission on right path

    Kudos to the San Miguel County Commission for standing up to the pressure from both anti-fracking activists and the oil and gas industry and its influential supporters.

    Undoubtedly, the easy route would have been to cave to one side or the other and to adopt the rhetoric that’s been spewed as its own.

  • Editor's Note - Optic printing moves north

    Saying goodbye to friends is never easy. Over the last two weeks the Optic has had to say goodbye to seven part-time employees.

    They are people you likely don’t know — people who, up until last month, worked behind the scenes making sure that all of your inserts, Homes & Property, American Profile and circulars, made it into your newspaper.

  • Work of Art - The process or the product

    The Internet has made it easy to get information. I was using Google, the main search engine, on many  computers, long before it became a verb in its own right, as in “I’ll Google that information.”

    A man who influenced me during my many years on the Highlands University faculty was also my major professor as an undergraduate, John Adams, who I wish I could have influenced as much as he did me.

    Let me explain:

  • Reason takes a back seat

    After the U.S. Senate defeated several measures to expand gun control on Wednesday, Lori Haas and Patricia Maisch, who were sitting in the Senate gallery, shouted “Shame on you.”

    We echo that sentiment.

    Haas’ daughter was shot at Virginia Tech and Patricia Maisch survived the mass shooting in Arizona, according to the New York Times.