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Today's Opinions

  • Lt. Govs are a nuisance

    Here we go again. The lieutenant governor is getting in the governor’s way. They are such a nuisance. Why do we even have them?
    That, by the way, is a good question. Some states don’t have lieutenant governors. And those states do just fine.
    New Mexico governors not only are saddled with lieutenant governors, the lieutenant governors get to be full time employees if they desire.
    And why wouldn’t they want to be on the top floor of the Merry Roundhouse in the middle of all the action?
    The problem is that they don’t have anything to do except preside over the Senate when it is in session.  
    And, oh yes, take over for the governor when he or she can’t serve or is out of state.

  • Cancer detection and man’s best friend

    Dogs are loyal, playful, loving and sometimes cute as a button. It’s no wonder we love them (some of us more than others, to be sure).
    Dogs were likely one of the very first animals we humans domesticated. They’ve been sitting around our campfires for a very long time, indeed.
    We train our dogs to sit, shake and lie down. It also could be said the dogs train us to dispense kibbles, rawhide treats, and scratches behind the ears. What matters isn’t which side comes out ahead in the exchange, I like to think, but that both sides benefit from our association.

  • Sexual harassment charges aren't going away

    Sexual harassment isn’t just a complaint – it’s become a small industry of legal specialists ready to accuse or defend, plus consultants called in to educate workers.
    On the job, I’ve sat through a few of these workshops.
    Lots of people have, and yet the lawyers and consultants haven’t run out of work. And late-night comedians still have plenty of fodder.
    As Herman Cain, Republican candidate for president, fights his battles with accusers, we see new accusations against two managers at the state Workforce Solutions Department, of all places. “Multiple” women in the call center complain of unwanted physical touching, crude remarks and supervisors who ask them for dates, according to news reports.

  • Domenici's deficit reduction proposal disappointing

    Pete V. Domenici served the state of New Mexico and our country as a United States senator with intelligence, integrity and honor for 36 years.
    As chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, he displayed a thorough depth of knowledge of our economy.
    It is, therefore, puzzling to me that he would make a proposal on Nov. 1 to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction – the Super Committee – for the privatization of Medicare as a primary solution to our debt and deficit difficulties.

  • Discovering the county council's disconnect

    Disconnect? The two-to-one leisure pool vote drubbing was more than a rejection of a worthwhile project. It was a wake up call to the Los Alamos County Council that the citizens do not trust them.
    In conversation with a county councilor a couple of days after the vote, he described the dismay of the councilors, who were convinced the vote would easily go the other way.
    He then asked me: “Is there a disconnect between the Los Alamos County government and the Los Alamos citizens?”
    That was it!  It was the burning issue that the Los Alamos Deep Democracy Open Forum (LADDOF) people have been looking for in order to launch their first open forum!

  • Shelter is swamped with dogs and cats

    The economy has effected the pets in our community. We have had many cats and dogs surrendered to the animal shelter this last month, in addition to the normal intake of roaming animals.  
    Our shelter is extremely full right now. If you are considering adopting a dog or cat, please check the Los Alamos Animal Shelter; we have so many wonderful  animals for adoption. Currently, we have a two for one adoption promotion in the cat room.    
    On Saturday, Friends of the Shelter is sponsoring a Cat/Kitten Adoptathon from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Center building next to the shelter at East Park.  

  • State deregulation woes

    Does New Mexico have too many regulations? Gov. Susana Martinez thinks so. She campaigned for smaller government.
    Eliminating regulations is one way of making government smaller. With fewer regulations, fewer inspectors are needed to monitor and enforce the regulations. And it is easier to conduct business with fewer rules to follow.
    So Gov. Martinez appointed a Small Business Friendly Task Force.
    The group has reported on ways to eliminate regulations and reduce waste. As one might guess, the Regulation and Licensing Department and the Construction Industries Division were two of the first targets.
    Gov. Martinez has heard plenty from the construction business about the onerous regulations they face.

  • County's awash with cash

    Though county councilors and others are mourning the drowning of the proposed leisure pool, maybe it’s time for someone to point out that this tragedy might have been averted had current and previous county council members not tossed the leisure pool project a concrete brick instead of a life preserver.
    Forcing the project to be financed through a property tax increase — particularly when the sting of recent school bond increases was still very fresh in the minds of voters — was like hanging a millstone around the neck of a distressed swimmer. It would have been very easy for the county to simply fund the leisure pool outright from the seemingly endless cash reserves the county seems able to tap into whenever it wants.