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Columns

  • 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.

  • 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: