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Columns

  • But I digress: It's a strange world

    And getting stranger every day. Sometimes I find myself shaking my head in such disbelief that I risk injuring myself.

    For example, I recently read about one of the latest drug crazes in the “club circuit.” Men who go to these clubs like to tear their shirts off and show their rippling muscles to the women. Oh, you don’t have rippling muscles? No problem! Simply rub phenylephrine HCL over your entire torso and your skin will tighten up, enhancing what muscles you do have.

  • Skate park at the library NOT a crisis

    The negative publicity and widespread misinformation surrounding the new downtown skate park is unfortunate for many reasons, most importantly because it gives the appearance that this is a divisive issue for our community.

    The truth is that there is just a handful of vocal opponents to the skate park.

    They have managed to convince many of the residents of 2500 Central and Oppenheimer Place that a skate park downtown near the library would reduce their property values and threaten their way of life, and there is simply no basis for these fears.

  • Library site wrong in every way

    We have appealed the decision to put skateboarding on the front steps of Mesa Public Library (MPL). We make our case to the County Council (CC) at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Community Building. We are appealing because we have legal standing: We live within 100 yards of the property line. We are also appealing on behalf of many people who expressed their disapproval of this site via signing a petition, personal communication and letters to the editor.

  • At the REDI: Addressing county needs with a regional approach

    Our economy. Our educational system. Our environment.

    These are core elements that define our county – issues that, in fact, define our neighboring communities, our state and our nation. As representatives of Los Alamos County, we are on a neverending quest for funding, resources and tools to improve those fundamental aspects that define each citizen’s quality of life.

  • But I digress: Geograwhat?

    Where in the world is Waldo? Okay, let’s say he’s in the thriving metropolis of Thimphu. Uh, well, where’s that? Oh, it’s the capital of Bhutan. Really? Um, where’s Bhutan? It’s in Asia. You DO know where Asia is, don’t you?

    Depending on your age, the answer is very likely “No.”

  • Off and On: Economy growing – so why are we suffering?

    Last week, Gov. Richardson announced that the state would have $392 million in new revenue, bringing our total of new money for one-time spending to $1 billion.

    And it was announced that we ranked 12th in economic growth.

    Then why are we all suffering? The answer is the same as to why the state and the economy are doing so well: high oil prices.

    Richardson said the new money will be on the table when he calls the Legislature into a special session to address access to universal health coverage.

  • Off and On: Our history is well worth learning

    The July 4th weekend is a celebration of our nation’s independence and our nation’s survival.

    July 4th 145 years ago saw the retreat of the Confederate Army from Gettysburg in defeat, perhaps saving the nation from a permanent split.

    And it led t o the ideal we strove for, as President Lincoln enunciated in his Gettysburg Address and that led to the end of slavery here.

    As we celebrated the anniversary of an event in world history on Friday that deserves to be remembered, we must seek to honor the event every day.

  • FRIED LIGHT: Pulling the string on nuclear deterioration

    A letter from Sen. Domenici and two other Republican senators last week makes me want to pull the string on a series of nuclear mess-ups that seem to be part of a dangerous trend.

    The purpose of their letter was to introduce a package of recommendations for beefing up American defenses. The authors, who included Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., and Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., were inspired by a number of converging worries about signs of domestic nuclear disarray in the face of revived international threats.

  • But I digress: Constitutional wisdom

    We The People ... a beautiful sentiment, isn’t it? It was pure genius to use such simple words to launch such a powerful document. It took just three little words – written, by the way, in very large letters – to summarize the entire purpose for writing the document in the first place. Of course, I’m talking about the Constitution. It’s an amazing document.

    Ever read it?

  • Medical Minute: Doctors are the driving force

    LAMC is growing.

    New service lines are being developed, and major construction projects are on the drawing table. But without our great physicians, none of those things would make much difference.

    To assure that our hospital continues its progress toward becoming a world-class facility, physician development is among the highest priorities.