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Columns

  • Tool helps small business tap global markets

    Technology and energy products, chili peppers, nuts, dairy goods and other farm products have topped the list of New Mexico’s exports for the past few years, but the state has a vast untapped potential to sell more of its goods and services well beyond our nation’s boundaries.

  • Birthright all wrong

    The first week of the year started off with a bang.  Well, more of a loud laugh.  The new majority in the House decided to demonstrate that they are “dedicated to our Constitution and the principles for which it stands” and hence used a couple hours to read the U.S. Constitution.  

  • Small scale bold changes appear

    Consider this column a memo to New Mexico’s new public education boss, Hanna Skandera.
    When thinking about system change, don’t think about reform. The trap is that words mean something. “Reform,” by definition, accepts the current system and proposes betterment by tweaking.
    Mere “reform” of our public schools won’t get the job done, Ms. Skandera.

  • Gov’s prosecutorial roots surface

    During the recent campaign, New Mexicans heard a great deal from their Republican and Democratic gubernatorial candidates, Susana Martinez and Diane Denish, about the proposals they would submit to the 2011 legislature for dealing with the state’s wickedly unbalanced budget.
    Those proposals, with variations on themes, boiled down to promises neither to hike taxes nor to cut spending on education and Medicaid. Hardly anyone versed in the realities of New Mexico’s budget woes considered the candidates’ budget balancing notions in the least plausible.  

  • Freedom not protected

    Americans take religious liberty for granted. Unfortunately, this most fundamental freedom is not protected in many countries around the world.
    Religious liberty is the proverbial canary in the mine. If a state won’t respect this most basic freedom of conscience, it isn’t likely to respect people’s lives and dignity in any context.
    There is more than enough bad news to fill the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom’s latest annual report. Worst of all were the conditions in 13 “countries of particular concern.”

  • Dear citizens and Los Alamos County employees ...

    Over the course of my career in city management, I have observed many changes in how municipal government has improved and evolved.
    Also during this time in public service, I have faced many challenges and feel that in all aspects I was able to contribute toward making a positive difference in the outcomes of those challenges faced by the communities that I served.  

  • The Municipal Building Initiative — a Primer

    Now that the judge has approved the settlement we reached with the county council halting an election on the question posed in a petition regarding the location of the new municipal building, we feel an obligation to explain our position to Los Alamos.  

  • Techno-terror bites

    A tsunami is an onslaught of waves generated in any large body of water by an earthquake, volcanic eruption, or some other cataclysmic disturbance.  Drop a large enough object into the Atlantic Ocean and you would generate a tsunami (maybe we could toss Washington D.C. in just to test this out?).

  • Just A Wag 01-07-11

    Mortillaro breaks silence
    Former County Administrator Tony Mortillaro has written a letter to the community. Look for it on Sunday’s opinion page in the Los Alamos Monitor.

    Settlement approved
    Word is that Judge Barbara Vigil signed the order Monday approving the settlement that local attorneys Christine and George Chandler reached with the  county council halting an election on the question posed in a petition regarding the location of the new municipal building.

  • More than 10 years have past since the feared 2000 disaster

     I remember it like it was yesterday: 9 p.m., Dec. 31, 1999. The world, according to people who knew, would soon end. All of civilization was run by computers, and when 1999 rolled over and became 2000 we would be launched back into the Stone Age.  
    Or at least the Eisenhower years.
    I checked our stockpiled food and water, gathered the family together, built a fire, brought out our most cherished family game, and waited. Ever vigilant.  
    Finally, I dozed off. My son poked my ribs, “Wake up.”