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  • Thinking Makes It So: At least poems don't require doggie bags

    A person can love puppies, sunsets, chocolate or sleeping. People who like these things do so in a very general fashion; they hardly ever say, “I only love brown puppies. Furthermore, the ones with floppy ears make me want to puke.” Or, “Oh, that sunset’s a little too pink for my taste.”A sunset is not a steak.And poetry is not as reliable as chocolate.Nobody loves poetry – that is, all poems or even the majority of published work.

  • Sports bras and border politics

    Here’s a free public relations tip for the University of New Mexico: Quit stinking up the joint with questionable use of taxpayer money and you wouldn’t have to spend $152,000 this year on a Washington, D.C., hotshot to polish your image.$152,000? You’ve got to be kidding. No, I’m not. More on that later.First things first. UNM is an excellent institution, the state’s showcase center of higher educational achievement.

  • Judging Science Fair a prized lesson

    This year’s Los Alamos County Science Fair drew 157 entries. The last Saturday morning in January, I was at the high school cafeteria. The room was abustling with fresh hopes and ideas.Our three-judge team had six special awards from the Sierra Club to give for the best projects on the environment. Projects are in categories by field of science and student class – elementary, junior, and senior (high school). Winners were announced in last Thursday’s Monitor.To start our judging, our team first had to decide which projects to judge.

  • A real choice

    This Tuesday, Democrats across the nation will vote in what is being called Super Tuesday. Here in New Mexico, only Democrats get to vote and they have a real choice.

    We do not think that anyone can really argue very successfully that we as a nation have been on the right path for the last 15 years or so. We feel, as do many, that a change in direction, in leadership, is needed.

    In the Democratic primary there are two clear choices. One represents a way that is suspiciously familiar; the other represents a newer, more inspired way.

  • Fried Light: Oh, come on, Bill, endorse someone

    Earlier this week, as Gov. Bill Richardson grumbled about the train wreck of his universal health care legislation, the media asked if he was going to endorse a presidential candidate. The Democratic caucuses are coming up on Tuesday, and readers will recall that Richardson dropped out of the Democratic race for President on Jan. 10. Since then, he has returned to New Mexico and grown a beard.“I may endorse before Feb.

  • Thinking Makes It So: Was Ezra Pound chosen last in gym class?

    The most important word in the phrase “Happy New Year” isn’t “year.” Some might argue for “happy,” but you can’t control “happy,” a real worm of a word, scriggling away with every headache or disappointing microwave lunch. But “new,” there’s a word I can work with.As my most steadfast readers know, every Dec.

  • Medical Minute: LAMC sees many highlights over past year

    Los Alamos Medical Center is a great hospital in a great community.

  • Why is racino outside of free market?

    The Land of Enchantment seems to have decided she was pleased after all with the spacey, out-of-this-world, little green men Rose Parade float.

  • Bill could be disasterous for LA schools

    As school board members we feel that it is necessary to ask our constituants to please read proposed House Bill 241.This proposed legislation would drastically modify the formula used by the Public Education Department to fund school districts in our state.How will HB 241 affect Los Alamos Public Schools?• Although $350 million will be added to the total state school funding pot, Los Alamos Public Schools will lose $1.87 million.

  • Thinking Makes It So: Novelty v. truth v. cliches v. a pleasant lunch

    We each have our own list. Sunken in our minds, nearly lost in there among names of items we’ve forgotten to buy at the grocery store over the course of our lives, are insights, pure and ancient-sounding in their shrewdness.Roofers, bakers, political candidates, fast-food restaurant managers, Nobel prize laureates, movie stars, even video game geeks have these lists.We rarely discuss them during our lunch breaks, saying, “Mmmm, this is good hummus.