Articles for the ‘Opinion’ Category

Lovin’ Life: Our hazy crazy days of newpapering

Lovin' Life

There's a blowup of an interesting old photograph in the reception area of our newspaper office. I don't know if you've seen it yet. It was taken by Joseph E. Smith in 1885, and it's apropos hanging here because it's of the Socorro Chieftain. In the photo you can see the printing press and the layout stuff and the two typeface cases, upper and lower.

The View From Here: Firestorm on the roof of the world


A deeply disturbing form of protest has been ongoing in Tibet the past seven years. I'm tackling this story during Lent, observed by many for its sacrifices. The season seems the only time I can bear to bring this report to the light of day, for it's a dark and sorrowful tale. But it belongs here, near Holy Week, when some will celebrate how intense pain might be transformed — or at least illumine others — through selfless hope.

Of ice, ingenuity: Saving Artic’s species

Call it a case of cabin fever — late February's famed for that. But since I can't flee to Cancun or any place else right now (well, maybe T or C), I'll content myself with writing about the ocean. That ought to cure this fever — especially if I take on the Arctic!

Letters to the Editor (02/26/15)

The letter from Socorro Electric Cooperative President Anne Dorough in the Feb. 19 El Defensor Chieftain was long on self-serving rhetoric but short on facts. I would like to point out a few surprises hidden in just the first section of this document.