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Today's Opinions

  • Dulcey Amargo - I’m a (charmed) 49er!

    All the recent and upcoming activity revolving about Highlands University’s  120th anniversary and homecoming has given me an opportunity to reflect on so much that has been part of my life associated with the university during the past 49 years. It’s almost hard to believe it’s been that long. Some of it feels like yesterday.

    Back in 1963, when our guidance counselor, Fr. Venard,  at Cathedral High School in Gallup, called me in to advise me regarding my college plans, I didn’t realize the odyssey I was embarking upon.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Oct. 11, 2013

    THUMBS UP! MUSTARD SEED STARTS OFF SMALL
    The mustard seed, so the biblical account goes, starts small but grows to be the biggest of all garden plants. That’s the same reasoning of the First United Presbyterian Church, whose Mustard Seed program supports many local projects by providing startup funds. Thursday’s well-attended enchilada dinner, sponsored by the church, has for years funneled its funds to worthy projects. In addition to getting a good meal, ticket-buyers helped support important local projects and programs.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 11, 2013
  • 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