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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Nuestra Historia - A tale of two cities

    As in the Dickens classic, it was the best of times, it was the worst of times, as East and West Las Vegas grew along the Gallinas River after the railroad arrived in 1879.

    For almost a century — except for a permutation from 1882 to 1884 — the twin cities existed as separate and independent municipalities, each with its own mayor, council, administration, police and fire departments. Though separated only by a modest river, their evolution would be strikingly dissimilar, always accentuated by a stark racial divide which set the two towns apart.

  • Nuestra Historia - A tale of two cities

    As in the Dickens classic, it was the best of times, it was the worst of times, as East and West Las Vegas grew along the Gallinas River after the railroad arrived in 1879.

    For almost a century — except for a permutation from 1882 to 1884 — the twin cities existed as separate and independent municipalities, each with its own mayor, council, administration, police and fire departments. Though separated only by a modest river, their evolution would be strikingly dissimilar, always accentuated by a stark racial divide which set the two towns apart.