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Columns

  • Lives cut down too soon

     With all the coverage of Whitney Houston’s unfortunate death, it reminded me of what another celebrity said recently. In an interview about his life, George Clooney said that his uncle’s death had been a huge turning point in his life, for one reason. His uncle, a smoker, drinker and general “hick” had died of lung cancer. One of the last things he uttered was “what a !@$!@ waste.” It made George look at his own life, and be determined not to lie on his death bed and utter the same words. Since then he’s been an active, and celebrated, activist and advocate for those in the most terrible situations worldwide.

  • Saving the most abused kids

    Families who adopt children are scrutinized within an inch of their lives by social service agencies. Foster families, who care for children temporarily, are also examined for qualifications.  But any pair of idiots can make a baby. At least once in your life, you may have muttered to yourself that somebody ought to require licensing before horrible people are allowed to have children.
    Some parents mistreat their children in ways the rest of us could not even imagine.  Those parents were probably mistreated themselves, and their children will probably grow up to mistreat the next generation of children, and we call that the cycle of abuse.  

  • Spaceport may head elsewhere

    The New Mexico Legislature’s failure, once again, to expand liability protection for the space industry may send our $200 million Spaceport investment down the drain. Trial lawyers again were the major culprit.
    The Spaceport’s major competitors, Florida, Texas, Virginia and Colorado, already have passed the necessary legislation. New Mexico passed limited legislation in 2010, holding harmless spaceflight operators from lawsuits in case of accidents.

  • Keep the green faith

    In New Mexico, observing St. Patrick’s Day is usually relegated to drinking green beer.  But if you live in or near New York City, you are inundated with the news of the parade for most of the months of January and February.  Every year, the LGBT community sues to seek permission to march in the parade.  And every year, the religious wrong prevents them from joining the festivities.
      In case you aren’t up on your acronyms, LGBT stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered.  You know, those abominations of nature that are trying to destroy the very foundations of our way of life?

  • Initiatives take center stage

    I have to admit that some county council meetings are pretty boring,  and almost all of them are too long. Sometimes we discuss headline-worthy topics, such as the Trinity Site development or the N.M. 502 redesign, but often they are pretty mundane items about renewing a cement work task order contract, which is about as interesting as it sounds (although task order contracts ARE important!).

  • All about 'wasteful pork'

    Wasteful pork!
    It makes a good headline, doesn’t it?
    How about this one: Governor slashes funds to poorest counties!
    Gov. Susana Martinez vetoed $23 million in the $130 million bill. She is correct that our capital outlay system is unfair and inefficient, but you might say the same of her lengthy list of vetoed projects.

  • Officials should follow transparency

    Open government advocates came to Santa Fe this past legislative session with a game plan for improving the public’s right to know, but even with the enthusiasm of some great team players in the House and Senate, there just wasn’t enough time on the clock for us to score a win for transparency in New Mexico.
     We’ve got the better part of a year to build a bigger team of sunshine champs and then we’re going to bring our A game to the 60-day session in 2013. In the meantime, public officials who say they support transparency should lead by example and not wait for new laws to force them to do the right thing.

  • Where has childhood gone?

    I have a friend that has a 3-year-old daughter.  Her daughter plays with my daughter. Because I am this low-pressure-be-a-kid kind of mom I was very happy to meet another mom that was similar. I noticed that her daughter was allowed to run around barefoot. Mine too. She didn’t get stressed out if her daughter got all wet or dirty playing outside. Me too. She didn’t worry if I fed her daughter when she was at my house. I am the same. I got this strange feeling that her daughter was a kid.

  • Parties would block CCC idea

        A look back at our nation’s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s shows the CCC met many needs like those we have today. The CCC model might help again, with a bit of work.
    CCC ideas could have value today, except for our biggest problem. Today’s habit is to ax ideas with ideology.
    The trick is so easy that the ideology of either party can stop any idea the wrong guys raise.
     Strange to tell, the other party’s ideology stops the same idea just as easily. So either party making a proposal dooms it.
    The history of the CCC confirms a proud legacy and scripts the catchwords that kill the thought. A queer hello.  

  • Standing up for Luján

     It appears that there are some misleading statements in the ViewPoint article the Los Alamos Monitor published Sunday, March 11. Mr. Newton states that Congressman Ben Ray Luján  “has chosen the narrow partisan interest of President Obama over the jobs of highly skilled workers in northern New Mexico.”
     If Mr. Newton had done his research he would have seen that Congressman Lujan did not support the Budget Reduction Act that the Tea Party group fiercely fought for in Congress.
    The Tea Party’s demand was for drastic cuts to government spending all across the country that would immediately eliminate jobs wherever there was a cut in funding. That some of these cuts should affect Los Alamos, although tragic, is no surprise.