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Today's Opinions

  • Another Perspective - Oil and gas cost and enforcement issues

    Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of columns addressing issues associated with oil and gas development in San Miguel County. The articles 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 - April 24, 2013
  • Commission on right path

    Kudos to the San Miguel County Commission for standing up to the pressure from both anti-fracking activists and the oil and gas industry and its influential supporters.

    Undoubtedly, the easy route would have been to cave to one side or the other and to adopt the rhetoric that’s been spewed as its own.

  • Editor's Note - Optic printing moves north

    Saying goodbye to friends is never easy. Over the last two weeks the Optic has had to say goodbye to seven part-time employees.

    They are people you likely don’t know — people who, up until last month, worked behind the scenes making sure that all of your inserts, Homes & Property, American Profile and circulars, made it into your newspaper.

  • Work of Art - The process or the product

    The Internet has made it easy to get information. I was using Google, the main search engine, on many  computers, long before it became a verb in its own right, as in “I’ll Google that information.”

    A man who influenced me during my many years on the Highlands University faculty was also my major professor as an undergraduate, John Adams, who I wish I could have influenced as much as he did me.

    Let me explain:

  • Reason takes a back seat

    After the U.S. Senate defeated several measures to expand gun control on Wednesday, Lori Haas and Patricia Maisch, who were sitting in the Senate gallery, shouted “Shame on you.”

    We echo that sentiment.

    Haas’ daughter was shot at Virginia Tech and Patricia Maisch survived the mass shooting in Arizona, according to the New York Times.

  • Another Perspective - Time to tackle state’s challenges

    The social, economic and environmental challenges facing New Mexico are daunting, and while we made progress during the recently concluded legislative session to overcome them, it is imperative that all of us — policymakers and “ordinary” New Mexicans alike — redouble our efforts this summer and fall to turn New Mexico around.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - April 19, 2013

    THUMBS DOWN! TERRORIST ATTACK COWARDLY