Today's Opinions

  • Tax considerations for the self-employed

    Self-employment has its appeal, especially when businesses aren’t creating jobs fast enough for the nation’s unemployed.

  • Review is dismal flop

    Oh, dear. Sunset review is back again – another great idea that may not work so well in New Mexico.
    Sunset review is legislative code language for kicking the can down the road.      If it worked, we would not today have the proliferation of boards and commissions that some folks consider irrelevant and excessive. They would have been sunsetted — that is, closed — in prior legislative sessions.

  • Leadership by committee is a fatally flawed concept

    It must just go with the territory. Los Alamos is home to some of the most complex and exciting scientific discoveries the world has ever known. That complexity and innate desire to study things without question extends to county government.

  • Udall's big day in DC

    Sen. Tom Udall has had his big day in Congress – at least for now. New Mexico’s freshman Democratic senator and a number of colleagues elected in the big Democratic years of 2006 and 2008 became dissatisfied about the Senate’s slow pace a year or so ago.
    Udall, his cousin Rep. Mark Udall of Colorado, and a few others with experience in the U.S. House of Representatives, were accustomed to a much quicker pace of work, with bills rammed through by strong leaders such as Nancy Pelosi, Tom DeLay and Newt Gingrich.

  • Valentine's Day isn't the only time for us to appreciate others

    Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, reminding us to celebrate the ones we love. But most of us need more than one day a year to remember to honor and cherish those dear to us.
    I was telling my husband off in my head the other day. You know the way you vent your frustration with the virtual argument you can win, rather than with the actual one you probably won’t, when I suddenly realized that, what I was saying to him, equally applied to me.  

  • How’s that working for ya?

    Do you ever wonder why children don’t routinely stick their hands in fire?  
    Maybe it’s because they did it before and it hurt?  They learned not to do it again.  This is what psychologists call “one trial learning.”

  • Just A Wag 02-11-11

    Cats survive standoff   
    The seven cats found inside Richard Morse’s Bathtub Row home following his recent 19-hour standoff with police are in shelter care.
    Several of the cats were ill and have undergone treatment by a local veterinarian.
    The county is repairing the chain link fence surrounding the home that was damaged in the standoff.
    Morse was transported to a hospital in Las Vegas, N.M. for a psychological evaluation.

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  • Shame on all involved

    The so-called “economic recovery” of 2011 is summarized in one sentence that dominated the news on Feb. 7: “Ford says that it is boosting its U.S. production, by 13 percent, of Lincoln and Ford Explorer SUV’s to keep up with demand, but Ford hasn’t yet decided it will add extra workers.”
    We can rejoice because the stock market is up and the very rich can confidently spend their millions on luxury items. Just ignore those pesky unemployment, foreclosure and bankruptcy figures.