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Today's Opinions

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 9, 2013
  • Work of Art - Good English gets a rest

    A few columns ago, as I began systematically pulling out what little hair I have, I wrote about an on-going series of conversations taking place in my living room. We’d celebrated a Chinese gift-exchange and we were settling down to examine our presents.

  • County needs a balanced approach

    Our County Commission is in the process of evaluating an oil and gas ordinance for San Miguel County. This is a good process and we support a reasonable outcome, with solid environmental regulations. However, as currently drafted, the ordinance would effectively ban all oil and gas activity in the county, with its restrictive regulations. We support a balanced and reasonable approach that allows both jobs and environmental protection. The proposed ordinance won’t do that.  

    The people here will benefit from the economic activity, as they do around the state.

  • Move to Amend

    At what point does an organized petition drive become a national movement? We’re not sure if there’s a distinct line separating the two, but we do know that there’s an effort out there that’s looking more and more like a movement, and we’re not sure it’s getting the attention it deserves in the mainstream media. So we’ll give it some attention here, not necessarily as an endorsement but as an encouragement, to spur more discussion.

    Besides, it relates to one of the biggest Las Vegas issues of 2012.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 7, 2013
  • Editor's Note - Free speech and gun rights

    As much as some of my colleagues in the press might not want to admit it, and as much as the National Rifle Association would be loath to agree, the media and the pro-gun lobby actually have something very important in common.

    Both are staunch defenders in this nation’s top two constitutional amendments.
    Let’s start with a quick look at each one.

    The First Amendment:

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Jan. 4, 2013

    THUMBS DOWN! RIDICULOUS GOVERNING. Last year there was the debt ceiling, approved in the 11th hour in a way to create a “fiscal cliff” for Jan. 1, 2013. Then came the fiscal cliff itself, and Congress dodged it in the 13th hour — actually taking the cushion of a federal holiday (New Year’s Day) to approve an alternative to wrecking the economy. And now we’ll have to face another round of gridlock in the weeks ahead as the nation approaches yet another debt ceiling.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 4, 2013