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Today's Opinions

  • Yes, Antonia, Santa Claus is unbelievable

    Not every kid is worried about how Kris Kringle can go to so many houses in the world, all in one night.

    Unlike you, Antonia, my curious young friend, those kids will probably not be reading this column.

    But since you asked, I have looked into the question for the most current and credible peer-reviewed description and here’s what I found.

    The best explanation of Santa’s technological powers came this year from Larry Silverberg, a real-life professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at North Carolina State University.

  • You might be a New Mexican ...

    This week we take a break from politics, pay-to-play and pocketbook issues to celebrate all things New Mexican. With a tip of the hat to comedian Jeff Foxworthy ...

    If your good jeans are the ones you wear to church, funerals or the Santa Fe Opera, you must be a New Mexican.

    If linguists, anthropologists and historians appear at the door to visit with grandpa or grandma, you must be a New Mexican.

    If you’ve ever voted for a politician named Jack Daniels, Johnnie Walker or Jose Cuervo, you’re definitely a New Mexican.

  • A complaint about police behavior

    I used to have the utmost respect for our local police department and considered their efforts to be outstanding but no more. My 18-year-old granddaughter was carelessly pulling her boy friend’s car from in front of our house and an oncoming car hit the front end. Three police personnel just happened to be nearby and investigated immediately.

  • About the 12 jobs eliminated at 3M

    I am extremely disappointed with the recent job elimination action by the 3M Corporation in Los Alamos. Only eight weeks ago, a 3M company officer spoke to the assembled workers at Imtec’s HYTEC Technology Center in Los Alamos. He told us, your jobs are safe; your job may change, but you will have a job. Eight weeks later there was a different plan and no satisfactory explanation for the job cuts by the 3M Corporation. Twelve positions were eliminated, without warning, on Dec. 7.

  • Tax junk food, not fruits, vegetables and baby food

    The Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce (GACC) proposed last month that New Mexico reimpose the tax on food. The food tax issue has not gone away, but a wiser strategy would be a targeted tax on junk food, rather than making necessities like fruits, vegetables and baby food more expensive for New Mexico families.

  • The peek-a-boo information initiative

    One week the White House announces an Open Government Initiative. The next week the National Nuclear Security Administration slams the lid down on a vital piece of information that has been shared with the public in the past.

    That probably isn’t the way it was meant to play out, but that’s the way it felt.

    Here’s what happened:

    Like most other newspapers and citizens everywhere we have been led to expect a new era of openness in the federal government.

  • Tourism tax could have big impact

    There’s hardly a town in New Mexico that isn’t affected by tourism, even if visitors are just passing through. And this was not a good year.

    If you can agree with those two statements, maybe you can agree that there is such a thing as a good tax. I would define a good tax as one with a specific, desirable goal that takes a small bite and inflicts minimal pain.

    The tourism folks are hoping lawmakers see their proposal that way.

  • It’s beginning to look a lot like anything

    This is an interesting time of the year. Snowfalls paint a wonderful texture on the sagebrush, and the distant mountains become picturesque with their candle-dripped white caps. The mesas glimmer in the sunlight with their earth tone colors sporting ice floes. The entire landscape seems to yell out like a George Henry Durrie painting.