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Columns

  • 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.

  • Partnerships key to conservation

    Prior to moving to Los Alamos, I worked for a small business that contracted conservation services to many utility providers across the Southwest, including the Albuquerque and Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (ABCWUA). During that time, Albuquerque witnessed a 30-percent decrease in its overall water consumption, totaling more than 100 billion gallons saved – enough water to serve the needs for the county of Los Alamos for more than 70 years.

  • Guest Opinion: Bikers beneficial - but many others help out on local trails

    John Cortesy’s commentary on trail maintenance on National Forest lands is dead-on in one respect: I am a hiker and I mountain biker and neither he nor anyone else has ever seen me carrying a chainsaw on a national forest trail.

    However, over the past 10 years I and at least 800 other volunteers that I know have worn out more than a two-dozen blades on my collection of four 22-inch bow saws.

  • Governor unveils new education initiatives

    I must state up front that with many issues, I am generally not on the same side as the governor, but this time, I think he is right on.

    Recently, Gov. Richardson and Education Secretary Veronica Garcia announced six new statewide education initiatives.

    The plan, as stated by the governor, is to fulfill his pledge “to be New Mexico’s educational governor – giving our students, teachers and schools the opportunities and tools for success.”

  • Guest Opinion: Bikers beneficial to forests

    June 1 was my first trip into the forest this year, and like most years, I spent it with a dozen other motorcyclists, clearing trails. The plan was to work in the North Jemez and see how many trails we could clear in a day. How far we would get was determined by how many trees the snow and wind felled during the winter.

  • Sierra Club: Break your routine this summer

    Have a great summer, Los Alamos! The Sierra Club would like to remind everyone to make time this summer to get outside and enjoy our community. Whether you take lunch at Ashley Pond, walk with family or friends on the fabulous trails in town or hike in Bandelier National Monument, be creative and break your routine.