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Today's Opinions

  • Nuestra Historia: Las Vegas is one: Voters approve merger 4-1

    The above headlines and photographs are from the Optic’s front page the day after voters in East and West Las Vegas approved consolidation by an overwhelming margin. Two years later, the long separated towns would become one combined municipality.

  • The 11th Hour is here

    We say no to poisoned water and polluted air. A report from Environment America states that 280 billion gallons of toxic wastewater from fracking in the United States was generated in 2012 and 450,000 tons of air pollution was produced in one year.

    As the San Miguel County Moratorium on fracking nears its end, citizens are making every effort to ban natural gas fracking.

    Two Las Vegas groups, Casa de Cultura and the Committee for Clean Water, Air and Earth are bringing people together for a rally at the Old Town Plaza Park, Friday, Oct. 18 at 4:30 p.m.

  • Speak out against elder abuse

    October is National Long-Term Care Residents’ Rights Month, a time to acknowledge the contributions and sacrifices many long-term-care residents have made to better our community and to call attention to the rights of residents in long-term care facilities. This year’s theme – Speak Out Against Elder Abuse, was selected to call attention to the fact that elder abuse is an issue that shouldn’t be taken lightly.

  • Mil gracias - Oct. 11, 2013

    The San Miguel County DWI Prevention Education Program would like to express our gratitude to the following businesses for their generosity in contributing to our Community Prevention Education efforts: Southwest Financial Services, Hillcrest Restaurant, Franken Companies, Nelsons Funeral Home, Farmway Feed & Supplies.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 9, 2013
  • Yet another scandal

    The more things change the more they seem to stay the same at the Mora Independent School District, and that’s unfortunate.
    The latest chapter involves the chief financial officer hired by the district a few months ago. School finance officials are required to be licensed through the state Public Education Department.
    The woman the district hired, Joanne Dawn Biagianti, allowed her license to expire. Normally, that’s not that big a deal. The state, after all, provides a grace period for individuals to come into compliance.

  • Work of Art — AP Stylebook OKs ‘hopefully’

    No, this is not a repeated column. It’s not a summer (or early fall) rerun; however, you might recall I’ve asked the question before and touched on the subject: When we suddenly become aware of word or combination of words, is its usage new, or did we just now become aware of it?

    During political seasons, we overdose on “convoluted,” usually in the context of “The provisions of Obamacare are too frigging convoluted.” They mean, I surmise, “confusing,” but the meaning of convoluted comes closer to intricate, repetitious.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 7, 2013