Today's Opinions

  • Mil Gracias - March 27, 2013

    Thanks once again to the generosity of the reading community of Las Vegas and the people from communities surrounding Las Vegas for their support of the annual American Association of University Women (Las Vegas Branch) Used Book Sale.  

    These folks both donated and bought books (and some helped sell them) during the recent two-day sale at the NMHU Student Center. More than $2,000 was raised for scholarship funds for Highlands women who are non-traditional students.

  • Health care price gouging

    If we had a voice in selecting the next Pulitzer Prize for outstanding investigative journalism, this year we’d nominate Steven Brill and Time magazine for their lengthy, searing special report titled “Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us.” It’s an indictment against the cost of health care in America, with first-rate reporting by Brill and courageously published by Time (a mainstream media magazine that gets more than its share of health care-related ads).

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 25, 2013
  • 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

  • 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.