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Today's Opinions

  • Meeting raises questions of scope

    On Jan. 10 I attended the public input meeting at the County Commission regarding gas and oil drilling in San Miguel County. I left with the feeling that we’re not getting all the information about the actual scope of the situation.

  • Still waiting on credible evidence

    No comprende. Recent letters to the editor by Diana Presser and Jesus Rivas, again demonstrate there is little evidence that fracking is a big problem, yet there are so many good people who believe it is. I’m still waiting to see the unbiased, credible sources that warrants their concerns.

  • Where’s the water coming from?

    That is a question that County Commissioner Ron Ortega asked proponents of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” time and again at last Thursday’s hearing on fracking. Some of them suggested the industry would truck in the necessary water. Another one said that the market would take care of it, supply and demand.

    A Halliburton whitepaper on reducing water cost during fracking states: “Typical drilling and completion operations use approximately 4 million gallons of water (or 1,000 truckloads).”

  • Meaningful gun laws need to be passed

    I feel informed after reading (Tom McDonald’s column) titled “Free speech and gun rights,” published on Jan. 7.

    The public is ready to accept meaningful laws relevant to tighter gun control, particularly related to the use of assault weapons. However, we already see and understand that new regulations, like ones already on the books, are highly unlikely to be enforced. First, let’s write regulations that must be enforced, that the regulators can and will use to regulate the action that is begging to be regulated.

  • Mora Co. manager doing excellent job

    Thank you, Mr. Tomas Sanchez, for all you do for Mora County.

    After many years away from Holman, we decided to retire here, and in 2001 we built our retirement home. While we were away the Tramperos Bridge culvert was installed and no provisions were made for the erosion on the opposite bank, which eroded our property enormously.

  • Mil Gracias - Jan. 18, 2012

    I am writing to let the people of Las Vegas know that there is an establishment in your community that went out of its way to assist a stranger that had broken down on the highway on Dec. 22 at 4:45 p.m. This establishment I am referring to is Michael’s Precision Automotive.

  • End ‘silent’ filibustering

    New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall has been making some national news lately, and for a good cause. He’s helping lead an effort to change the rules regarding filibusters.

    Yes, it’s simply a procedural matter, but it has become a very big deal in the Senate.

  • Work of Art - Did Musburger go too far?

    Men need to be extra careful in how they regard women, even when the woman being described got where she was by being, well, attractive.

    Let me explain:

    The recent Bowl Championship game between the universities of Alabama and Notre Dame flopped. As it had been decades since the Fighting Irish had risen to No. 1, I thought — finally — this is their year. The trouble is, Notre Dame never showed up.

    Even the presence of stellar linebacker, Manti Te’o, a 6-2, 255-pound senior for the Irish, was virtually unnoticed. Let’s not forget that he was a Heisman Trophy finalist.