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Today's Opinions

  • Mil Gracias - August 27, 2012

    I tried to write this letter several times, but struggled to find the right words to use to express our thanks to everyone involved in the Samaritan House Inc. Kiss A Pig fundraiser. To just say “thank you” did not seem to be enough to reflect the awe-inspiring feeling we had, seeing what so many community members from Las Vegas and surrounding areas were doing to help Samaritan House Inc.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - August 24, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! AT IT AGAIN. Once again, Mora Independent School District Superintendent Thomas Garcia has stirred up a hornets nest, this time by taking action against the district’s music teacher Joaquin Maestas-Manuel, by suspending him for six weeks for vague reasons. The action has outraged parents, who consider this a personal vindetta rather than a legitimate problem.
    The real victims here, of course, are the students who are starting out the school year with a substitute teacher overseeing the watching of DVDs and other mindless classroom activities.

  • Editorial Cartoon - August 24, 2012
  • Barela’s visit raises questions

    Economic Development Secretary John Barela’s statement “that drilling could create jobs” begs several questions.  

    First, there is not a single mention of the fracking problems experienced in San Juan county; the San Miguel County Oil and Gas Task Force should visit Farmington.

    Second, the employment figure of 80,000 in New Mexico is awesome on paper, but what skill levels and how many in San Miguel County would actually be hired?

    Third, how many people in San Miguel County have the experience to be hired at $30 an hour?

  • Optic promoting oil/gas industry

    The Friday, Aug. 17, headline should have read, “Optic Touts Oil and Gas Industry.”

    Devoting a large front page headline, a photograph and 27 column inches to what a bought bureaucrat says and one sentence supposedly to what area environmental activists say (although quoting no one) is not reporting. It’s promotion. It’s not journalism — it’s blatant public relations for the oil and gas industry.

  • So-called ‘free lunch’ just isn’t so

    In the article “Oil and Gas Industry Touted,” Mr. Barela promotes the industry as if there is only one side of the equation: the income side. However, there are real and tangible costs to the county and its taxpayers for such development.

    A study of three small communities in Wyoming — which is seeing unprecedented oil and gas development — found that two of the communities broke even, while the third actually suffered a net loss.

  • Stop with all the increases

  • AI sends off more cards, letters

    One hundred post cards and letters have just been sent from Las Vegas to people in Colombia, China and Israel. All the cards had been written by people attending the People’s Faire who were moved to send messages of support and solidarity to Juan David Diaz Chamorro, Shi Tao and Ahmad Qatamesh.