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Today's Opinions

  • Reveal all additives

    Innovation is the pride and lifeblood of our democracy. Innovation in business systems and industries’ products is vital and thriving. Unending resources go into more innovations, think R&D.
    Innovation in regulatory tools is as vital, but lags far behind. Why does filling a crucial need attract scant interest and effort? Custom perhaps. Blind spots?
    Our interest group took a timely occasion to campaign for regulatory innovation.    
    On Nov. 17, the New Mexico Oil Conservation Commission (OCC) held a hearing on a narrow issue related to fracking.

  • Best deal of the foreseeable future

    It’s a lot easier to criticize a proposed project than it is to defend it. The Nattering Nabobs of Negativism against the Patient Visionaries.  
    To understand this, I think of it like statistical mechanics:  a system with many degrees of freedom, which is a fair analogy to a complicated project like the Trinity Site Redevelopment Project, can exist in any of a large number of states (at a given energy.)
    When it actually assumes one state, all the others are excluded even though they are equally probable.  

  • Trinity Site: An idea whose time has passed

    Redevelopment of the “Trinity Site” into a shopping center has been pursued since 2005.  

    Times, circumstances, and the proposed development have all changed since then.  

    It is time to abandon this approach. 

  • Predicting 2012

    Happy New Year. Let’s see how the crystal ball looks this year. 

    HMMM … it looks clearer. Maybe that is because we’ve had a year to get acquainted with the new state administration.

    Oh, I see Gov. Susana Martinez pushing her drivers license bill up another steep hill. Maybe she should wait until next year and hope she has a Republican legislature.

  • Ninety days and counting

    Another school semester came to a close. Students scurried about searching for ways to improve their grades at the last minute.  

    Teachers found themselves staring at piles of papers to review, a mountain of tests to grade, endless emails from concerned parents, and a finals schedule conveniently permuted by inclement weather.  

  • Sometimes hot tea and honey are fine

    The colder weather this time of year heralds the anticipation of things such as winter sports, planning for family get-togethers, kids counting the days to winter break and maybe stocking up on hot tea and honey for that inevitable, annoying sore throat. 

    As we enter this season it might be a good idea to have a clearer understanding of what a sore throat, or pharyngitis, actually is and when to be concerned enough to call for an appointment or just treat the symptoms at home.

  • Jay Miller: Film industry revisited

    Republicans and the Hollywood crowd seldom seem to be a very good match. 

    Good reasons exist for this standoff. With a few notable exceptions, Hollywood types are more liberal in their thinking than most Republicans, especially on social issues. 

  • All open spaces in LA County important

    I do not golf, yet many years ago when there was a proposal to use our current course for houses and to move the course to Bayo Canyon, I supported the golfing community in its opposition to such a move, as I believe having a functional golf course enhances the quality of life in our community and the “visually open space” created by the course is an additional attractive feature for the community.