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Today's Opinions

  • Disentangle climate damages

     

    The nation’s bitter dispute over climate change drags public discourse to new extremes of futility. Worse yet, the hostile views of man-made climate change expand into a kindred dispute about the tools of science itself. 

    The fray sharpens three key observations: 

    • Each side says the opposing side is afraid to answer questions about weak points in its case.      

    • Each side says its foe distorts how science advances by constant questioning.  

    • Each side says its foe’s energy ambitions corrupt its science.

  • A decent respect: Renewing the Spirit of ‘76

     

    July 4, 1776 gave birth to perhaps the most revolutionary political document in the history of civilization, submitted by men who proclaimed, “with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.” 

    Pretty heavy stuff for a group of heroes who knew that their actions exposed them all to charges of treason, for which the penalty was swift and sure execution at the hands of the colonial masters whose authority they defied.

  • Happy Second of August

     

    Another 4th of July? Didn’t we just have one last year?

    Yeah, it’s time again to watch your 12-year-old kid march in the town’s parade, make red white and blue cupcakes for a party, turn the TV to any of the 500 war movies playing on Encore, fire up the grill and show your patriotism by eating enough food to feed a family of six.

    And to truly demonstrate an undying love for America, hang a flag outside and set off some fireworks!

    What could be more true-blue American than blowing things up?

  • Letters to the editor 7-3-14

     

    The Y helps people with financial aid

    Reviewing applications for financial aid is truly a humbling experience.

    I communicate with each by email or telephone, and all of them share their overwhelming relief, appreciation, joy, and gratitude because the Y’s assistance has helped them, their family or children. At our Y, this is more than 200 people helped; 72 kids in camp and afterschool care, and 140 people of all ages in healthy programs.

    Donors do important work. They help children access safe, supervised childcare so parents can work. I receive at least one scholarship application a day now as we are enrolling for Camp and After School.

  • Claim a tax credit for summer daycare expenses

     

     

    For harried parents, the definition of true panic is realizing in April that you forgot to enroll your kids for summer day camp and now all the slots are filled. Cut to: as the school year ends, you’re feverishly trying to find adequate daycare because neither of you can take time off work to watch the kids.

    I know of one such couple; with any luck you’re more organized than they were. In fact, bonus points if you thought ahead and signed up during last fall’s open enrollment for a dependent care flexible spending account (FSA), which allows you to pay for childcare using pretax dollars.

  • Sustainable practices build ‘triple bottom line’ in business

     

    Renee Frank is perfectly positioned to demonstrate that sustainable practices can improve a business’s bottom line and its “upper line” — its appeal to customers who want to do business with green companies.

    Frank is a real estate agent and a certified “ecobroker” — the leader of Steinborn and Associates’ Smart Living Team and a founding member of the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce.

    Her job is to help clients choose wisely where and how they’ll live in a new home. Her mission is to help other entrepreneurs realize how quickly they’ll recover the costs of incorporating energy-efficient and sustainable features and practices by generating savings and attracting customers.

    All about orientation

  • In Campaign 2014, what would Bruce do?

     

    One of the wonders of the political world was the late Gov. Bruce King. When he worked a room, no hand went unshaken and he remembered everybody’s name.

    Now that his son Gary, the Democratic candidate for governor, is the target of a fire hose of ugly ads, I can’t help but wonder what Bruce would do.

    In his autobiography, “Cowboy in the Roundhouse: A Political Life” (as told to Charles Poling), King described his campaigns and his campaign philosophy. Reading it now makes you pine for those gentler, kinder times.

  • Capital Spending: $500 at Hidalgo Senior Center, $20.5 million at UNM

     

    Capital spending is supposed to be for stuff that lasts a while. We have a special affection for senior centers and borrow money against property tax receipts to pay for senior things. The technical terminology here is issuing and selling general obligation bonds subject to voter approval. Issuing the bonds will cost about $2 million. 

    The three smallest dollar amounts approved for seniors by this year’s Legislature are $500 for “other equipment” at the Ena Mitchell Senior and Wellness Center in Lordsburg, $570 for meals equipment for the Vaughn Senior Center and $840 for “other equipment” at the Mora Senior Center.