Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Cartoons - June 22, 2012
  • Editorial Cartoons - June 22, 2012
  • Campers left fire smoldering

    Recently some campers, having passed several signs that prohibited fires except in developed campgrounds, built a campfire in a crispy dry meadow along the Pecos, above Cowles.  

    The next day, in the afternoon, coals still produced steam when we poured water on the abandoned fire ring. Some coals had fallen out of the ring and burned the surrounding grass.

  • County officials took time, listened

  • Commissioners must choose

    San Miguel County’s moratorium that bans the state from issuing permits for fracking and drilling will expire Feb. 12, 2013. A decision on whether to ban drilling permanently or allow fracking in the county will be in front of the commissioners within the next eight months. They will be faced with the choice that offers them one of two options — either protect the citizens’ water, air and ecosystems or bring economic growth to the county in exchange for the natural resources, water and natural gas.

  • Items stolen while out back

    At about 5:15 p.m. on June 14, I got home from working all day. I walked in my front door and remembered I needed to get a tool from my workshop in the backyard. When I returned 10 minutes later, I discovered someone had entered my front door and taken my red backpack containing my iPod, Kindle, iPad3, several gift cards, shaving kit, two Canon cameras, phone chargers, three checkbooks, medications and several thousand dollars in $100 bills that I was going to send to pay for my elderly mother’s care.

  • Nuestra Historia - Armed deputies guard Carl Magee trial

    As Carl Magee went on trial in June of 1923, Sheriff Lorenzo Delgado posted armed deputies in Judge Leahy’s courtroom — and their presence was unmistakable and intimidating. As later remembered by an Optic reporter who covered the trial, “heavily armed deputies constantly walked back and forth across the well of the court between the jury room and Judge Leahy’s chambers.”

  • Editorial Roundup - Excerpts from editorials around the nation - June 22, 2012

    St. Paul Pioneer Press, on heroin’s rise (June 19) — As the Minnesota Department of Human Services reported this week that abuse of heroin and prescription opiates has risen sharply, Carol Falkowski came to mind. Last fall, in a Pioneer Press news report and follow-up for these pages, she said this: “Heroin is here, and we have never seen it like this before.”
    We were warned.