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Today's Opinions

  • Glad drilling ban adopted

    Congratulations to the Mora County Commissioners who voted to protect the beautiful land of Mora County.

    NPR radio recently shared a study addressing the effects of pollution on air, water and soil from gas and oil drilling. The conclusion of the study indicated that science has done very little regarding the effect on the environment.

    The study also pointed out that some of the rules and regulations EPA is to apply in monitoring natural gas and oil drilling won’t even take effect until three years from now.

  • Commissioners were courageous
  • Letter writer responds

    Frank Splendoria’s letter (April 26-28 Optic) requested my source for the number of oil and gas spills with groundwater impact. It was the NM Oil Conservation Division database, as queried on Nov. 29, 2012, http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/ocd/. An Apr. 30, 2013 query listed 15,586 self-reported spills, of which 747 are tagged “Groundwater Impact.”

    Bob Wessely
    San Miguel County

  • Nuestra Historia: Optic was mum during Magee spectacle

    The Optic’s fourth owner, H. W. (Hub) Kane, was from Chicago and came to New Mexico as an engineer following WWI, working in water conservation and irrigation in the Raton area. Apparently finding journalism more alluring than the profession he had trained for at the University of Kansas, Kane left engineering to become a reporter and editor for the Raton Range, and later the Springer Times.

  • Oil and Gas Issues - Financial impact to property owners

    By Percyne Gardner

  • Mora law cannot stand

    Mora County has drawn both praise and criticism for becoming the first county in the nation to permanently ban oil and gas drilling.

  • Work of Art — Now that’s a gentleman

    It was a great feeling, reading the letter by a true gentleman. And maybe a scholar too, who wrote articulately, in a balanced manner and laid the blame at the altar of politicians.

    Let me explain: The letter writer’s identify is still a secret, but we do know that he’s a wrestler from Rio Grande High School in Albuquerque who was in the middle of an exam at the time the court case he was involved in was taking place. That made it impossible for him to attend the court hearing; his attorney read the letter for him.

  • Tuition hike too high

    On the same day that hundreds of Highlands University supporters hailed the dedication of the sparkling, high-tech Student Union Building, regents voted to increase tuition and fees at this beloved institution of higher learning.

    It’s hard to argue with inflation: The administrative, professorial and support staffs justifiably need to be paid, if only to keep up with inflation; the cost of the new facility went beyond the original budget, and the university’s health insurance costs and retirement contributions continue to rise.