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  • Uninsured rates increase in N.M.

    According to a new report from the Census Bureau, released by the Associated Press, New Mexicans are increasingly without medical insurance. Of course Gov. Bill Richardson says this underscores the need for health care reforms.

    And while that may be true, it is also true that many New Mexicans do not take advantage of the programs that are already currently available.

    According to the report, slightly more than one in five New Mexicans lack health insurance and nearly that many live in poverty.

  • Birth rates for poor high in N.M.

    Again, New Mexico is near the top of a list we probably wish we were not even on.

    According to the Associated Press, New Mexico is one of eight states with statistically higher rates of births from women on public assistance.

    In other words, our poor are having children at a high rate. So much for the state and schools educating us.

    Of course, this goes hand in hand with our high drop out rate and our low educational levels.

    Let’s just give more money to our failing schools!

  • Fried Light: A guide to merging

    You may be relieved to learn that help is on the way in the war between sidezoomers and lineuppers. If you’re a zipper, like me, you’ll be especially pleased.

    How many times have we approached a patch of construction or a temporary diversion on the highway, where two or more lanes of traffic are required to funnel down into one?

    This can be a daily occurrence or an ephemeral surprise. It is one of the conditions of our radical independence and individuality.

  • Governor's new healthcare plan is better, but not good enough

    After failing to gain either legislative or popular support for his ambitious, universal health care plan which would have relied heavily on government mandates, Gov. Bill Richardson has introduced a scaled-back health care reform proposal that will be considered in the upcoming special session.

    The Governor’s bills which were unveiled recently would:

  • SUNDAY High fuel prices hurt everyone

    As we reported several days ago, high fuel prices are affecting the county and the schools, as well as each and every resident.

    This is a double whammy as where does government get its money?

    Well, the affect of high fuel prices are hurting across the board. Several counties are feeling the squeeze as fuel costs continue to rise around the nation.

    With no relief in sight, temporary changes are quickly becoming policy.

    Los Alamos is cutting back trips and encouraging more carpooling.

  • Medical Minute: The ABCs of knee pain

    As an orthopaedic surgeon and the newest member of Los Alamos Medical Center’s medical staff, I am happy to introduce myself and my family to you, and to answer some common questions regarding your knees.

    My wife, Stephanie, my son, Grant, and I are settled in and looking forward to joining the community. I’m also looking forward to formally opening my practice Aug. 1 at LAMC. In the meantime, I hope you find this information helpful in preventing or treating knee injuries.

  • Tongue-tied with T. Boone

    There is this theory I have, that it is all in the name. Good looks and brains and a winning personality are just real handy, but a killer name opens the door of success.

  • Off and On: What makes a worthwhile life?

    Have been filled with thoughts of mortality lately. Part of this was brought about by the death recently of a friend in Georgia.

    Several things went through my head when I heard of his death. How short life is was one of them. And sadness over the fact that I let contact be lost and really did not communicate with a good man like I should have.

    Now I can’t, and that is sad.

    Then I thought of one’s life and how do you gauge it and its success?

  • American Forum: Railroading immigrants ... and the Constitution

    Federal immigration officials swept into Postville, Iowa, in May and detained nearly 400 workers at a kosher meat processing plant. Swiftly, local enforcement and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency arrested, charged with crimes, extracted pleas and sentenced 297 of these individuals by the end of the following week.

    Apparently, this shock-and-awe strategy was specially designed to drop the hammer on undocumented workers doing backbreaking jobs under reportedly sub-optimal conditions.

  • Fried Light: The future in a nutshell

    “A mind is a terrible thing to waste,” as the campaign slogan for the United Negro College has pressed into our heads for over thirty-five years, while raising $2.2 billion for its cause.

    And what about a country? What about a world?