Today's Opinions

  • Mayor Ortiz isn’t the problem
  • Mora should return ‘dirty money’

    John Olivas is quoted as saying, “It’s time for all communities to do what we’ve done — announce the end to extractive industries . . .”

    Let’s see whether he’s ready to put the county’s money where his mouth is.

    The $1.85 million just appropriated for Mora County’s use on its unfinished county complex comes from severance tax bonds, which are themselves funded by severance tax paid by those extractive industries.

  • Drilling ban pushed by outsiders

    I see that everybody from Las Vegas, Santa Fe, Farmington, just to name a few, are more than willing to pledge Mora County’s resources (hello-what resources) to a legal battle challenging state and federal constitutions. Why don’t these people stay home and put their efforts into persuading their own counties to take up this losing fight?

    Ed Littleton
    Ojo Feliz

  • Mora ordinance is constitutional

    Why are corporate America and gun owners the only people in America who are allowed to interpret without question the U.S. Constitution? The rest of us are met with skepticism and alarm from various authorities and elected officials when we read, think about and use the Constitution for ourselves to assert our rights. Recent passage of the Las Vegas and Mora County Community Rights ordinances illustrate this bias.

  • Glad drilling ban adopted

    Congratulations to the Mora County Commissioners who voted to protect the beautiful land of Mora County.

    NPR radio recently shared a study addressing the effects of pollution on air, water and soil from gas and oil drilling. The conclusion of the study indicated that science has done very little regarding the effect on the environment.

    The study also pointed out that some of the rules and regulations EPA is to apply in monitoring natural gas and oil drilling won’t even take effect until three years from now.

  • Commissioners were courageous
  • Letter writer responds

    Frank Splendoria’s letter (April 26-28 Optic) requested my source for the number of oil and gas spills with groundwater impact. It was the NM Oil Conservation Division database, as queried on Nov. 29, 2012, http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/ocd/. An Apr. 30, 2013 query listed 15,586 self-reported spills, of which 747 are tagged “Groundwater Impact.”

    Bob Wessely
    San Miguel County

  • Nuestra Historia: Optic was mum during Magee spectacle

    The Optic’s fourth owner, H. W. (Hub) Kane, was from Chicago and came to New Mexico as an engineer following WWI, working in water conservation and irrigation in the Raton area. Apparently finding journalism more alluring than the profession he had trained for at the University of Kansas, Kane left engineering to become a reporter and editor for the Raton Range, and later the Springer Times.