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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Beware of the scammers

    On Monday morning, April 12, I received a phone call from a (woman) who garbled the name of the “delivery service” she claimed to be with. She informed me that she had a package for me inside of which was a check for $2.45 million which I had “won,” and that she would like to have the package brought “right over to you.” Smelling a scam, I hung up immediately.

  • Letter: A defining time for the area

    What happened to the “balance” in the San Miguel County Oil and Gas Task Force?

  • Mil Gracias letter

    The staff and students of Legion Park Elementary School would like to thank Hacienda and Gamble’s for their generous loan of a combined 200 brown-paper shopping bags. In celebration of upcoming Earth Day, the students colored each bag with a picture of what they love most about our planet (and, on some, a heartfelt message to us adults to save it for them). These bags have been given back to each store for distribution during the month of April.

  • Work of Art: Like a broken record

    An enjoyable aspect of writing a column is talking to and learning from people. Often, as I once did with the term “church key,” I ask people younger than I (and that includes the masses) what certain words mean to them.

  • Editorial: Union will win in end

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital, which has an eight-member advisory board of area residents, won’t allow the San Miguel County Commission to have a seat at the table.

    Recently, the county requested to have a representative on the board. But hospital CEO Richard Grogan wrote back that the board considered the request and decided against it.

    We don’t know who is on the board, and Alta Vista is not eager to tell us. Its spokesman didn’t reply to a request for that information last week.

  • Balancing the needs

    These days, just about everyone agrees that we need to develop clean energy alternatives. Over the long haul, the future cannot run on fossil fuels; instead, renewable energy sources must determine our economic and environmental destiny. So it’s imperative that we move toward solar, wind and other energy-producing alternatives.

  • As It Is: Tea party hypocrisy

    On Thursday, conservatives from across the country rallied against big government and taxes at so-called tea parties. They even held a demonstration in ultra-liberal Santa Fe.

    The tea party’s message — combined with a hatred of President Obama — is simple. Sure, we can all agree that we don’t want a huge, overbearing government. And everyone likes lower taxes.

    But these tea party activists don’t give many specifics about what they would do.

  • Mil Gracias letter

    The 16th annual Fiesta de la Hispanidad took place in March  in Ilfeld Auditorium and was, as every other year, a huge success thanks to the participation of our community members, both those performing and in the audience.