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Today's Opinions

  • Another Perspective - Protecting our water

    By Bob Wessely

    For the Optic

    San Miguel County is acutely aware that the water supply upon which its citizens depend is severely limited.

    Variable surface streams, originating from snowmelt, springs, and rainwater runoff, have been used for agricultural and domestic purposes for centuries.

    Multiple formation layers of fresh groundwater have been deposited over the millennia, water that is pumped for domestic and agricultural uses. These layers or aquifers are very slowly refreshed by rainwater seepage.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - March 22, 2013

    THUMBS UP! FIESTA DE LA HISPANIDAD. It’s the show that everyone seems to look forward to this time of year. Fiesta de la Hispanidad is this Saturday at Ilfeld Auditorium.
    This is former Highlands professor Sara Harris’ 19th year organizing the spectacular event. Proceeds go into a scholarship fund for Highlands students.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 22, 2013
  • Shined light, stepped on toes

    And so Tom McDonald rides out to seek his own sunset. Perhaps being a self-described “misfit” himself is what helped make him so fearless.

    Mr. McDonald, in his eight years at the helm, has shined more light on the shenanigans in Las Vegas and stepped on more toes — including my own when I deserved it — than any publisher I’ve known in the 25 years I have been a subscriber. I can’t think of a finer compliment to pay any person. Best wishes, Tom.

    Alma Gregory
    Sapello
     

  • Long-term survival vs. short-term gain

    In recent months, much has appeared in the Optic about climate change and about hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to obtain natural gas, but only Andrew Gold (Feb. 22) has suggested that a connection exists between these two phenomena.

  • Lunch ruined by traffic stop

    While returning from lunch with a friend, he chose to steer safely around two large potholes in front of the Mills plaza and didn’t notice a police cruiser, some distance behind us. At the light, my friend waved at the two officers, who had pulled alongside.

    A siren blurt cued my friend to pull out of the officers’ way, but to our chagrin, they pulled us over. The officers were polite with immaculate uniforms, but they soon lost my respect.

  • A job well done by commissioners

    Item 10 on the Agenda at last Tuesday’s regular Commissioners meeting, was a vote on whether to extend the moratorium against drilling (fracking) in San Miguel County for another eight months.

    This was the culmination of months of public forums and hearings, gathering thousands of signatures on petitions and “public input” at Commission meetings addressing the debate between the economic “blessings” vs. the certain risk to our most precious resources: our water and the air we breathe.

  • Nuestra Historia - The two-hour break that saved Highlands

    On Monday, Feb. 6, 1893, Highlands University was born, only because John DeWitt Veeder and Felix Martinez were able to outmaneuver those who would have established only one normal school for the Territory, in Silver City, or none at all. It was a momentous day for Las Vegas, which would be forever transformed as the home of one of New Mexico’s early institutions of higher education.