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Today's Opinions

  • It’s repeal season

    The following editorial was published in The New York Times on May 3.

    There’s only about a week to go before time runs out on fast-track procedures that congressional Republicans have been using to repeal regulations finalized in the last months of the Obama administration. But still more damage could be in store.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 7, 2017
  • Guest commentary - Upgrade Mora services

    I relocated to Cheyenne, Wyo., after my term as county commissioner was over, but I still own land and pay taxes in Mora County. I go stay there a while on occasion, and it bothers me to see that there is such poor medical services available for emergencies.

    I know for a fact that the fire departments get a lot of money. Where is the money going? To fight fires out of town while the needs of the citizens are neglected?

  • Just a Thought: Making the most of 22 acres of worthless land

    By Rick Kraft

    If you ever get the chance to visit San Francisco, plan ahead. I strongly recommend that you visit a 22- acre piece of land that has a long, rich history and has served many purposes.

    This property was originally settled by the Spanish and then became United States property in 1848, followed by the State of California in 1850.

  • Guest commentary - Fundraiser concert May 12 to benefit organ

    By Bonnie Bolton

    Most ladies are reluctant to share their age.

    If you are a news hound, you probably saw the article where Doris Day (a beloved actress from the 1950-’60s) recently found out, in her nineties, that she is actually two years older than she thought.

  • Editorial Roundup - May 7, 2017

    The Durango Herald, May 1, on preserving national monuments:

    President Donald Trump has asked Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to review national monuments created using the Antiquities Act by presidents Clinton, Bush and Obama since Jan. 1, 1996. The review, the first in the act’s 111-year history, includes those that encompass more than 100,000 acres and leaves room for review of monuments of all sizes considered to have been expanded or designated without adequate public outreach, with an eye to shrinking them or even possibly reversing designations.

  • Letters to the Editor - May 7, 2017

    License to ill
    After reading the Optic article on the new federal regulations to obtain a drivers’ license, I thought adding a little humor may soften the stress.

    If you were born before the 1950’s and come from a Hispanic family, I figure you are one caught in this web of stress. I definitely include myself in this group.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Sounds of Spring are here

    By Beth Urech
    For the Optic

    What a joy to listen to a gifted soloist, an amazing duo and a mesmerizing trio performing on the same day!

    The Sounds of Spring concert is here Sunday at Ilfeld Auditorium.

    Ronald Maltais will perform Schubert’s “Moments Musicaux” with its sharp contrasts and mood swings. Ron began playing the piano at age four with lessons at age eight.