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Today's Opinions

  • P&Z panel took concerns seriously

    I commend the Planning and Zoning commissioners for their willingness to listen to the viewpoints and information presented by the public at the recent open hearing. Recommending that the county commissioners take time to review the ordinance concerning oil and gas exploration in San Miguel County showed that they took seriously their responsibility as public officials responding to the concerns of people in the community. Such responsiveness in our public representatives is appreciated.

    Carol Winkel
    Las Vegas
     

  • Risk and cost of lawsuits in Mora

    Like many residents of Mora County, I have many concerns about oil and gas development in Mora County. I am disturbed that oil and gas drilling is not adequately regulated at the state and federal level, and I’m especially upset about the loophole put in place ...  that exempted fracking from certain environmental laws enforced by the EPA. I personally believe we need to restore and strengthen those protections.

  • Spend money to keep train

    The previous letter I wrote regarding the Amtrak stated that it was my understanding that New Mexico had purchased the rail line from Santa Fe to Raton. The letter in Friday’s paper (3/21) states the purchase was from Albuquerque to Lamy, I stand corrected.

  • Regensbergs deserve support

    This election year, two men from the Regensberg family are running for office. Benjie Regensberg is a candidate for the state house of representatives. On Jan. 15, 2001, Benjie was sworn in as a member of the legislature.

  • Nuestra Historia - We settled San Miguel del Bado

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    Editor’s note: This column first appeared in the Optic on Jan. 14, 2011.

    In their petition seeking to secure the San Miguel del Bado Land Grant in 1794, the 52 colonists stated as their primary reason that there was not sufficient water in Santa Fe to sustain the growing population and livestock there. (It appears that drought and an adequate water supply were problems even then.) The petitioners also stated that many of them owned small parcels of land in Santa Fe, but they were not sufficient to support their large families.

  • Editorial Roundup - March 28, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Augusta Chronicle, on government transparency (March 19):
    The Obama administration has never lived up to the president’s inauguration day pledge to be the “most transparent” in history.
    Sadly, it’s getting worse.
    An Associated Press analysis of federal data found that the administration has grown more secretive over time, last year censoring or outright denying Freedom of Information Act access to government files more than ever since Obama took office.

  • A great tradition

    It’s hard to believe, but it has been 20 years since Fiesta de la Hispanidad made its debut in Las Vegas, and we’re thankful that the event is still going strong.

    On Friday evening, area performers will once again take to the stage at Ilfeld Auditorium on the Highlands University campus showcasing their musical and dancing talents. Fiesta de la Hispanidad has always drawn large crowds, and this year should be no different.

  • Work of Art: A two-piece baseball bat?

    “Where do you get all your ideas?” Readers of Work of Art ask me occasionally. The main thing is having a good memory, although all my siblings insist that accounts I relate about our childhood favor me.

    Except for obvious, grotesque exaggerations, I go by what I remember. And no, the many nuns I’ve Christened in my almost 600 columns might not have had exactly those names, but that’s part of legitimate editorial puffery.