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Columns

  • $69 hot dog one for the record books

    I really don’t even know where to begin with this one.  I was reading one of those side stories off the home page of a news site about a hot dog.  Yeah, a hot dog, but not the kind that you or I might eat. It was a $69 hot dog.  Grilled in white truffle oil and topped with duck foie gras, tourists can enjoy this overpriced hot dog while being laughed at by New York residents who find the whole idea a bit hard to digest.

  • Domenici: A man who will be missed

    Thursday was a bittersweet day in Los Alamos. It was the last official visit to the community by Sen. Pete Domenici.

    For 36 years he has a been a strong supporter of Los Alamos, New Mexico and our nation. He was a friend to many and a figure of strength to many more.

    Now that he is retiring after six terms in the United States Senate, we view his departure with a mix of sadness and fear.

  • FRIED LIGHT: Democracy in the obnoxious stage

    The problem with both democracy and freedom is that they complicate how to make people do what you want them to do.

    Plead, cry, wink, pound a fist, roll your eyes, stomp your feet – those tactics don’t always work, but which of us has not pulled a face or had a fit to get our way?

    Force is one way around the problem, which is what people mostly did before there were other options.

    As the English political philosopher and author of “Leviathan,” Thomas Hobbs put it, “Not believing in force is not believing in gravitation.”

  • Again, our state holds the bottom

    Once again, New Mexico was at the bottom of a national list.

    This time we ranked worst in the country for the percentage of residents who are covered by health insurance through their employers, according to a new report from the Economic Policy Institute.

    The Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan think tank found that 50.7 percent of New Mexico’s population less than 65 years old was covered by employer-sponsored health insurance in 2006-2007 and 59.1 percent of all workers were insured by their employers over the same period, the 22-page report released last week found.

  • Lots of good news about our local youth, community

    You hear lots of good things about our school district, and much of what you hear is justified.

    Our students are top-notch and go on to prestigious universities and careers. And you don’t have to look far for validation of that point.

    The medical school at the University of New Mexico has about 300 students from all over the world. Did you know that almost 5 percent of that student body is comprised of Los Alamos students? And they do very well.

    David Bear, associate dean of admissions for the medical school, had nothing but praise for our youth.

  • Tax time is now a fluid deadline

    Was a bit troubled by the news out of the governor’s office, but you be the judge.

    See, he has hired more than 100 tax preparers who will be mobilized throughout the state this Wednesday to help New Mexicans file their 2007 state income tax return so they can get the recently passed fuel tax rebate.

    Gov. Richardson declared Oct. 8 New Mexico Tax Rebate Day as part of what he calls “an unprecedented outreach effort to ensure eligible New Mexicans receive their state tax rebate.”

  • FRIED LIGHT: No alternative is no alternative

    FRIED LIGHT: No alternative is no alternative

    Every time I buy an airplane ticket these days I steel myself for the bad news to come:

  • Celebrate Constitution Day

    One of our least known – and perhaps most important – holidays came and went with probably most of us not even recognizing it.

    Wednesday was Constitution Day, a celebration of the date of Sept. 17, 1787, when the U.S. Constitution was signed by 39 enlightened men who changed the course of history.

    Constitution Day is a time for us to continue their legacy and develop habits of citizenship in a new generation.

  • Los Alamos leads the pack

    There was an interesting report released this week by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor  Statistics office.

    It listed employment and average salaries for all counties in the state. What was interesting for us is that Los Alamos was far and away the leader in pay.

    Something that is of no surprise to those of us here.

    But what was somewhat interesting was the fact that our workforce is almost equal to our population.

  • Changes in system are needed

    I received a letter a couple of weeks ago in response to a column I had written. A part of the column – I think a sentence – referred to our failing schools.

    The letter was in response to that. I tried to verify the letter but could not, so could not run it. But I know that the comments made in it are pretty universal, as I have heard them before.

    Before I go into the letter, I would like to give some of my credentials in having such an opinion of the state of our educational system.