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Today's Opinions

  • Question linger about reservoirs

    I was surprised to read about the karst deposit problem below Peterson Dam. When I first read the headline, I figured it must be something about the fault lines below the dam along the highway. But I was told some years ago by a geologist at Highlands that these faults were “dormant,” so not to worry. Well OK, but aren’t there some hot springs right around the corner?

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 28, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! SIGNIFICANT SETBACKS. Just as we were thinking the city was making some progress toward a long-term fix for its ongoing water problems, here comes word that (1) it’s going to take a lot more than the millions of dollars already expected to go into the city’s aging reservoirs and that (2) more than a quarter million dollars had to be dumped into repairing a single — but massive — water leak by the treatment plant north of town.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 28, 2012
  • Another Perspective - Future may be in business

    New Mexico’s economy is struggling to free itself from the grip of the Great Recession.
    Despite some signs of hope, it’s clear we have a long way to go, with the number of jobs in the state at 2004 levels and wages generally stagnant.
    Fortunately, there are several specific steps we can take — right now — that will have both immediate and long-term impacts.

  • A right, reasoned response to tragedy

    The terrible tragedy of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting has energized good-hearted people who, horrified by the violence, are demanding that assault weapons be banned. Their desire to “do something” is understandable and laudable. The outpouring of prayer, kindness, comfort, and shared grief is sincere, appreciated, and a blessing to those who are mourning. It is the only place to start.

  • Nuestra Historia - Kistler sold Optic, faded into obscurity

    For 20 years Russ Kistler ran his Optic with bravado and bluster, and by the time he sold the newspaper in about 1898, the Optic was a mainstay in Las Vegas. Yet there is no known photograph or likeness of Kistler, and little is known of his personal life, or his pursuits after he sold the Optic — but that may soon change.

  • Editorial Roundup - Dec. 28, 2012

    The Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette on GOP political contributions (Dec. 19) — Radical filmmaker Michael Moore says the wealthy 1 percent elite may rule America’s economy, “but they have only 1 percent of the vote.” Thus they can’t win elections through their numbers. So they must do it with their money — virtually all donated to Republican candidates.
    However, the 2012 national confrontation showed that billionaire cash isn’t enough to carry an election. Billions spent to sell the GOP ticket produced mostly losses.

  • Leadership at Alta Vista

    We are sorry to see that Maridel Acosta is leaving her post as chief executive officer at Alta Vista Regional Hospital. She brought to the job a genuine interest in the hospital as well as the community, and we appreciated her dedication to Job One — quality care for the hospital’s patients.