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Today's Opinions

  • Communities won’t remain passive

    This is a really big day for Mora. Outsiders from big oil consistently would be at our commissioner meetings. Never making eye contact or inviting any sort of greeting, the big oil minions made my stomach turn. In their minds Mora had already been divided into 64 pads, each host to four wells. I congratulate two commissioners’ hard work: John Olivas and Alfonso Griego for not laying waste the land of our forefathers.

    Ken Bugler
    Orofino, Idaho
    (Former Mora County resident)  
     

  • Olivas, Griego ‘true heroes’

    As a property owner in Mora County, I would like to commend our County Commissioners John Olivas and Alfonso Griego for standing up for the citizens of Mora County on April 29 by passing the community water rights and local self-government ordinance. They have taken a huge step showing their courage, integrity, and commitment to protect our water and our general welfare from damaging corporate interests.

    We are faced with the threat of natural gas companies wanting to exploit our resources. The environmental impacts from gas fracking are devastating. Such as:

  • Supports Mora’s drilling ban
  • Head Start cuts should be reversed

    First let me say that I’m really sorry to hear that the Head Start program is being cut in funding. In my younger days I was social services coordinator for the Head Start program in Cheyenne, Wyo. I was elected vice chair for Region 8 in Denver, Colo., and president of the Wyoming Head Start Staff Association for the whole state of Wyoming.

    This program is one of the most important, serving children from low-income homes, and it not only helps the child get a good head start in life, it benefits the whole family.

  • Nuestra Historia: . . . back to the Optic, since Kistler

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    For the Optic

    We found him.

    When we began this series about Las Vegas newspapers, we noted with disappointment that no photograph existed of Russell A. Kistler, the Optic’s founder. We have since discovered Kistler’s long-lost picture, and thank Ray John de Aragon for making it available and allowing us to run the photo with today’s column.

  • Another Perspective - Economic impact issues of oil and gas

    By Kate Daniel

    For the Optic

  • Beer sales a bad idea

    Attracting the Pecos League of Professional Baseball Clubs to Las Vegas was a major feather in the cap of city officials, the Las Vegas/San Miguel Chamber of Commerce and the Economic Development Corporation.  

    If all goes as expected, the League’s decision to field a new team in Las Vegas will lead to an increase in the number of people visiting Las Vegas during their season, boosting revenues for hotels, gas stations and restaurants. And it will give the people of Las Vegas another option for entertainment.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 1, 2013