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Columns

  • Medical Minute: LAMC draws unique pool of talent

    This month, Los Alamos Medical Center will celebrate, with hospitals across the country, “Doctors Day.” Traditionally marked on March 30, this date is known industry-wide as a special time set aside to recognize the invaluable contribution made by physicians.We’ve all seen the TV dramas staged around hospitals – emergency rooms, operating suites and doctors’ lives. While it’s easy to get caught up in those plot lines, it is vitally important for communities to realize that their physicians are the keys to a viable healthcare system.

  • Guest Opinion: N.M. schools just not producing

    There has been a lot of negative talk recently about the struggling American economy. Most of us are all-too-aware of falling house prices, slowing economic growth and the possibility of recession.While all of us should be concerned about the short-term economic prospects for our nation’s economy, the long-term track record of the American economy is very good.

  • Punditiously speaking

    New Mexico pundits have been abuzz since our governor, Bill Richardson, threw his considerable weight behind Barack Obama.We pundits are proud of our line of work. It’s like, I’m a pundit and you’re not a pundit, so ha-ha on you. According to Webster’s, a pundit is “a learned man ee someone who gives opinions in an authoritative manner ee a guy who can’t get a real job.”Okay, I made that last part up, but it is pretty much true.

  • Why do we celebrate Easter?

    The Bible says, “As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. ‘Don’t be alarmed,’ he said. ‘You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here.’”It is this event upon which Christianity rose and that millions celebrate today. But is there more?Easter is the most important religious event in Christianity.

  • Bad language should be punished

    William F. Buckley died. He probably would have said “succumbed,” or something fancier.Buckley was a boyhood hero, not for his politics, but for vocabulary and mastery of the language. The guy talked pretty.Buckley was an old man when he died but I will always suspect his condition took a turn for the worse when a grandkid sent him a text message.

  • States with later primaries surprised they could matter

    Who would have thunk it!

  • The laboratorys complex transformation

    You can have questions if you want about what Los Alamos National Laboratory should or should not be doing workwise, but they do deserve credit this past couple of weeks in inviting the community to take a look at its newest, and biggest, project.We have argued for some time that the lab has a story to tell – and in many ways it is a good story.

  • The laboratory's 'complex transformation'

    You can have questions if you want about what Los Alamos National Laboratory should or should not be doing workwise, but they do deserve credit this past couple of weeks in inviting the community to take a look at its newest, and biggest, project.We have argued for some time that the lab has a story to tell – and in many ways it is a good story.

  • Adapting to world-wide customer service

    If New Mexico newspapers are to compete in a tech world that has changed the rules of the competitive game, they need to adapt.No more calling your local columnist the old fashioned way. Remember? You dial. He answers. You converse. That is so yesterday.To lead my colleagues into the new age of communication and customer service, this column is establishing a modern system with agents in a far land trained to give immediate and courteous service to its readers.Here’s what you can expect when you dial my number.“Hello.

  • Fried Light: A bucket to the stars

    In Michael Kandel’s satiric short story, “Space Opera,” which is written as a libretto for a science fiction opera, the curtain rises in a provincial spaceport on the Planet Creeth orbiting the sun Alpha Cygni.The opera’s hero, Bobby “Rocket” DeVries, and his fellow grease monkeys are banging the dents out of a rickety space junker, singing “Let’s return this old bucket to the stars,” to the din of their hammer blows.Then Bobby’s friend Fred runs in with the news that Darg Bahr, the governor of the astero