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Today's Opinions

  • Droughtful summer

    We’ve been lucky so far. A pair of lightning strikes near our primary water supply set off a couple of wildfires that were quickly and skillfully extinguished. Las Vegas avoided its worst-case scenario.

    So far. As some other raging New Mexico wildfires demonstrate, we’re a long way from being in the clear. It’s going to take great care and due diligence to successfully make it through the year.

    Troubles stemming from the drought are all around — in the wildfires, wildlife and in simple economic impact.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 13, 2012
  • Work of Art - How do we define ‘excessive’?

    When does a celebration become “excessive”? All of us who watch football have seen a number of flags tossed to penalize players or teams whose jubilation becomes disruptive.

    Defining “excessive” becomes a problem. Many dislike the look-at-me attitude of some players who, while on their way to a touchdown, begin their strut, an in-your-face gesture that fans and — especially — opposing teams loathe.

  • Blindsided by a shortfall

    Shortly after Las Vegas City Schools officials told the district’s employees last week that they are facing a $1.2 million shortfall in the 2012-13 budget, school board member Ernesto Salazar said he was blindsided by the news.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 11, 2012
  • Editor's Note - Election postmortems

    The turnout wasn’t great in San Miguel County or statewide, but there’s still plenty of interesting tidbits to consider, given the results from last week’s elections. Here are a few:

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  • A strict county ordinance needed

    In a recent letter to the Optic a writer defined “groupthink” as “conformity to group values and ethics.” A broad spectrum of values and ethics could be found in many different “groups.” I am proud to be working with a group of concerned citizens from Mora and San Miguel counties whose common interest is the protection and preservation of our water, air and quality of life.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - June 8, 2012

    THUMBS UP! THE VOTERS SPEAK. The world didn’t come to a halt just for New Mexico’s primary election day. In fact, around here in San Miguel County one could say that it actually sped up a little, with all the other news that sprang to life — a fire in the watershed, a dramatic sentencing, word of a budgetary shortfall and much more. But people still turned out at the polls and cast their ballots, and the democratic process was advanced yet again. Thanks to all who did their duty.