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Today's Opinions

  • What is the mission of NM higher education?

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott recently made headlines around the country when he argued that institutes of higher education in his state of Florida should prioritize funding for the study of science and technology in the his state’s institutes of higher education.
    “If I’m going to take money from a citizen to put into education then I’m going to take money to create jobs…so I want the money to go to a degree where people can get jobs in this state,” Scott said. “Is it a vital interest of the state to have more anthropologists? I don’t think so.”

  • Who's in 2nd District again?

    Just a year ago New Mexicans and other Americans were stumbling out of mid-term elections, wondering how a Republican group calling itself the Tea Party would use its powers as the new majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.
    Today campaigning is already underway for next year’s elections, which promise to be equally unfathomable.
    The uncertainty is palpable in New Mexico where Democratic and Republicans hopefuls are jousting for seats in Congress and the state Legislature from districts, the shapes of which are unknown.
    It couldn’t be otherwise after Gov. Susana Martinez and the Legislature failed to agree on how to remap the state’s sundry political districts at a special redistricting session this summer.

  • Green up your holiday season

    From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, Americans create 5 million tons of solid waste, the vast majority of which is shopping bags, wrapping paper and holiday cards according to the California Department of Resources Recycling & Recovery.
    Start off your holiday season on a green foot by making a few small changes. It’s easy to get the entire family involved, have fun and decrease the burden on your wallet as well.  To help get you started, the New Mexico Recycling Coalition is providing New Mexicans with a simple list of steps the average resident can take to put the green back into the holidays. View the full list at www.recyclenewmexico.com.
    Below is an excerpt from the full list of things you can do to help reduce waste during the holidays.

  • Agenda must focus on strengthening middle class

    As we enter the final month of the year, it is critical that Congress takes swift action on a number of important issues that will impact people across New Mexico.
    With extended federal unemployment benefits set to expire, a payroll tax cut about to lapse and devastating cuts to Medicare providers ready to kick in, Congress has no time to waste to address these serious issues and take action that will help middle-class families and seniors during this difficult economic time.

  • No lack of jobs in Hobbs or Artesia

    Gobs of jobs in Hobbs!
    An email like that gets your attention.
    Drive around Hobbs, said alert reader Jesse Monsey, and you’ll see banners and electronic signs saying, “Now Hiring” and even “$100 sign-on bonus.” The local police have offered a lavish signing bonus, and the city was forced to increase benefits to keep employees. Even the casino is offering tuition assistance and scheduling flexibility to students.  
    Jesse was responding to a recent column in which I quoted a business leader saying that if you could fog a mirror, you could find a job in Artesia.
    “The reality here is that we are desperate for workers,” he said.

  • Golf course impacts

    Our system of hiking trails is among the leading contributors to the quality of life in Los Alamos County.
    The trail system effort has been led by Craig Martin and many volunteers, including my son.
    I use the Walnut Canyon Rim Trail for running and frequently hike there with my family. Our trail system linking neighborhoods is a rare treasure. My previous home of Concord, Mass., with its legacy of Henry David Thoreau and environmentalism, did not offer the beauty of our trail system.  

  • Improve golf course but spare trails

    I attended the public meeting about the proposed improvements to the Los Alamos Golf Course on Thursday and would like to put the following comments in the public record.
    Readers not familiar with the proposed changes to the golf course can find the details at:  http://www.losalamosnm.us/projects/capital/Pages/GolfCourseImprovement.aspx, http://www.losalamosnm.us/projects/cdd/Documents/CapitalImprovementsProj....
    Budget impacts (navigate to page 50 (117) for the chart) are at: http://www.losalamosnm.us/omb/2012AdoptedBudget/05DepartmentSummaries.pdf.

  • Fear mongering tactics

    When attorneys know that the facts are not on their side it is not uncommon for them to turn to obfuscation, fear mongering and outright personal attacks.
    Sadly, we saw all of these tactics used by George Chandler in his recent attacks on Sheriff Marco Lucero.
    We haven’t heard the “cowboy” slur since the cowardly admiral snuck out of town in May 2005.
    This favorite insult of pseudo-intellectual elitists was uncalled for and not descriptive of the current occupant of the sheriff’s office.
    So, whether it is “cowboys” or the anti-government boogiemen from Mr. Chandler’s prior offering in the Los Alamos Monitor, his attempts to deflect the argument from the facts are telling of the weakness of his position.