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Today's Opinions

  • Fracking column highlighted greed

    Thank you for the poignant and very pertinent article (Oct. 3) regarding the effects of fracking. This is just one more example of corporate greed and disregard for the environment and health.

    Until we hold corporations accountable and prevent them from doing anything they want to do for profit, we are doomed. Until we all are more self-governing in doing what is right in a seventh-generation model, we need government regulation to protect us and the planet. I applaud any government official who is willing to stand strong against corporate greed.

  • Asked the right questions

    The questions that Tom McDonald asked at the end of his piece “A Look At Fracking” (Oct. 3) are the pertinent questions on this issue.  Thanks for asking them.

    Leslie Hammel-Turk
    Las Vegas

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! GOOD BENEFITS. Two noteworthy fundraisers are this week, and we hope the turnout for each is at least at strong as in previous years.

    First, there’s the fifth annual benefit dinner, dance and auction for Ride To Pride, with proceeds going to help the program continue its work to help “kids be kids.” That starts at 6 p.m. Friday at the Night Owl.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 14, 2011
  • Nuestra Historia - ‘Lynch the Wind Mill’

    A harmless windmill was erected over a water well at the east side of the Old Town Plaza in 1876, across from the present day Parish Hall. The frame windmill rose about 40 feet above ground, and wooden ladders were used to reach both the lower platform and the derrick.

  • War came home with Lemos’ death

    I am still reeling from Richard Baca’s acquittal. The prosecution asked the jury if three bullets for three punches was fair, and the jury said “yes.”

    Perhaps it was justifiable self-defense; but as Mr. Baca himself testified, as a soldier he is trained to use non-lethal methods before lethal force.

    His training seems to have failed. It makes one wonder about the training methods of our military services, and if this war has not turned our sons into indiscriminate killing machines.

  • ‘Janice Nightengale’

    Everyone has a story about a nurse who is extra special — the one who went the extra mile for you or a family member. I have such a story. This nurse had worked at our community hospital for 40 years.

    She started at St. Anthony’s, Las Vegas then Northeastern Regional, and finally Alta Vista Regional Hospital. She’s the one who all the other nurses would call to start an IV on an infant, child, IV drug abuser, or emaciated adult because no one else had the expertise.  

  • Mispronouncing our words

    I like to think of myself as a good listener and observer. I don’t always see or hear myself and at times that can prove to be very embarrassing.

    It is always innocent but being corrected can make you uncomfortable for a while. Like when I mispronounced the name of Highlands’ president.

    Pronounced it like I was ordering at McDonald’s. I know that chances are I won’t do that again.