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Columns

  • 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.

  • Guest Opinion: How to help women-owned small businesses

    In 1994, Congress set a government-wide target that 5 percent of all federal contracts should go to women-owned small businesses (WOSBs).More recently, legislation was signed into law creating a set-aside for such businesses but requiring that the Small Business Administration study the issue to determine in which — if any — of the government’s 313 contracting categories, many of which are defense-related, WOSBs were underrepresented.Since then there has been an SBA study, a National Academy of Sciences review, a court case, and an external, inde

  • Guest Column: Real federal whistleblower protections in sight

    Congress is getting serious about attacking government corruption sustained by secrecy and enforced by fear.Before Christmas, the Senate unanimously matched House approval of legislation reviving the moribund Whistleblower Protection Act.

  • Pansophy proffered by prez primaries

    Presidential primary politics came packed with rewarding wisdom.Hillary gave me the knowledge a super bright, dynamic woman can contest for the presidency and have a real shot at coronation.McCain gave me hope that in this wacky world of waffling, there is still hope for a tough old boot who tells it as it is.Obama gave me inspiration in that our country, once shamed by slavery, could well elect its first black president.Mike gave me joy in the realization a fun-loving, guitar strumming rock and rolling former Baptist minister with the unlike