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Today's Opinions

  • Nuestra Historia: Beck family published Optic 35 years

    The longest single ownership of the Optic began in 1967, when brothers Robert and Stuart Beck purchased the newspaper. The Beck family published the Optic for the next 35 years, and while old newspaper articles indicate it was the two brothers who owned the Optic, Stuart Beck’s wife Lois was also an owner, and managing editor for more than 20 years.

  • Oil and Gas Issues - Preserving our clean air heritage

    Editor’s Comment: This is the sixth in a series of columns addressing issues associated with oil and gas development in San Miguel County. The columns 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 - May 22, 2013
  • Tough stance justified

    The Administrative Office of the Courts has drawn a line in the sand on the Mora County courthouse complex project, and we are glad to see the agency taking such a tough stance.

  • Work of Art — The treat is on whom?

    On the occasion of a birthday for one of us, my wife and I joined my sister Dorothy and her husband Joe Maestas for dinner at El Rialto. The rule in the Trujillo household is that the inviter pays for the invitee. And maybe that’s why we don’t invite others all that often.
    But if we can inveigle one another to make the suggestion and turn it into an invitation, we’re willing. We’d almost finished our meal when the waitperson came by with the bill and took brother-in-law Joe’s credit card for processing.

  • Big threat to press freedom

    Republicans, Democrats and defenders of the First Amendment are decrying the decision by the Justice Department to secretly subpoena two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press.

  • Kids need consequences

    My name is Ray Gallegos, and I was born in Las Vegas, N.M. I retired from education last year and have more than 35 years of educational experience as a teacher and administrator. My role as a single parent of two daughters may prove to be the most credible of my qualifications to comment on education.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - May 17, 2013

    THUMBS UP! Such a rich life
    Many people go through life with only a passing acquaintance with their great-great grandchildren, five generations away from their ancestor. But in the case of Juan Andres Madrid, who died only recently, there is one more generation: He is survived by 16 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, 22 great-great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-great grandchildren. That’s a great legacy.

    THUMBS DOWN! That lingual controversy