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Today's Opinions

  • A strict county ordinance needed

    In a recent letter to the Optic a writer defined “groupthink” as “conformity to group values and ethics.” A broad spectrum of values and ethics could be found in many different “groups.” I am proud to be working with a group of concerned citizens from Mora and San Miguel counties whose common interest is the protection and preservation of our water, air and quality of life.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - June 8, 2012

    THUMBS UP! THE VOTERS SPEAK. The world didn’t come to a halt just for New Mexico’s primary election day. In fact, around here in San Miguel County one could say that it actually sped up a little, with all the other news that sprang to life — a fire in the watershed, a dramatic sentencing, word of a budgetary shortfall and much more. But people still turned out at the polls and cast their ballots, and the democratic process was advanced yet again. Thanks to all who did their duty.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 8, 2012
  • Editorial Cartoon - June 8, 2012
  • Families deserve protections

    Our country is facing large challenges when it comes to our health. Learning and developmental disabilities, infertility, and childhood and young adult cancer are on the rise. Some are even calling puberty at the age of 10 a new “normal.”

    The good news is many of these health trends could be prevented if we took a serious look at addressing toxic chemicals in this country. The law governing how chemicals are regulated, or lack thereof, hasn’t been updated since the 1970s and falls short of protecting our most vulnerable New Mexico communities.

  • The MIT report on fracking

    In his letter about obtaining natural gas by the process of hydraulic fracturing (May 18), Frank Splendoria quoted extensively from a report issued by MIT. His quotes were accurate, but selective, giving the impression that there is no evidence that fracking poses (or could pose) any threat to shallow groundwater, and that fossil fuels will continue to provide the majority of our energy into the foreseeable future.

  • Co-op ‘election’ unfairly run

    Martín Salazar was all over your front page Monday, May 28.

    He reported on the “trouncing” of Mr. Rock Ulibarri by Mr. Robert Quintana, chairman Mora-San Miguel Electric Co-op. Members are allowed to vote numerous times, depending on the number of meters said member may have with the co-op under his or her name.

  • Nuestra Historia - Judge Leahy, Carl Magee and Sec Romero

    It was Friday, June 22, 1923, at 4:13 in the afternoon, when a jury returned a verdict against Carl C. Magee, editor and publisher of the Albuquerque Tribune — finding him guilty of criminal libel.

    Surrounded by the most capable lawyers in New Mexico, Magee stood before the court, as District Judge David J. Leahy sentenced the publisher to a year in jail.