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Today's Opinions

  • Scientific journals are still credible

    I see my name in a “Guest Column” from the July 9 Monitor where my friend Don Peterson writes about troubling aspects of the global warming issue.

  • Candidates’ positions are as thin as the economy

    A water expert I know complained last week that the candidates for governor haven’t said a word about water, one of the state’s biggest issues. But you can name about any subject and come to the same conclusion.

    Instead, the candidates have chosen to wrangle over perverts and who’s running the dirtier campaign. It’s surprising that Diane Denish would start with crime, which is Martinez’s strength, instead of her own, which is business and the economy.

  • Where’s the money coming from?

    SANTA FE — The good news for Republican gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez is that she out-raised her Democratic opponent, Diane Denish, $611,000 to $188,000 last month.

    The bad news is that Denish has $2.2 million in the bank and Martinez has $300,000. A big chunk of that was a $250,000 contribution from the National Republican Governors Association. In May, Martinez got $450,000 from Texas developer Robert Perry. Before that, much of her money was coming from oil interests.

  • Unbelievable, a peer review failure

    Back in the ”old corps,” getting a paper communicated and published in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Science) was a cause for celebration up and down the hall and an “Attaboy” from Harold.  

    We regarded these as cherished publications, justifying the “all-nighters” required to collect data from a system that had no concept of the eight-hour day or the five-day week.

  • We pay for what we value

    Throughout our lives, there are those few special people who touch us in a way that sets them apart from all the others.

    For me, it was Mr. Eberhardt, Doc Spooner and Col. Matheson.

    These three helped shape my way of thinking, gave me insight on my life and the world around me and guided me toward adulthood.

    I will always remember them as life mentors. All were teachers.

  • Boards and commissions

    “There is no such thing as a Republican or Democratic audiologist. There are just professional audiologists.”  

    This comment was made in December 2002 by an audiologist of my acquaintance, after he received a letter informing him that he was being booted off the New Mexico audiology board. My friend was a very nice fellow, a responsible professional and, I’m sure, a diligent member of this board.

  • Pay cuts versus job cuts

    We are undergoing a test as a nation.

    Just days after our 244th birthday, we face real challenges from our streets up. From what we believe our government — at every level — needs to provide, to our part in what might be considered a free-for-all with our culture and economy at stake.

    Consider that the July 4 news shows found the economy on the lips of nearly every talking head. Bottom line: Our nation’s bottom line looks to be heading south again.

  • Lessons from BP’s oil spill

    What are the most important lessons we can take from the BP oil spill 48 miles into the Gulf off the Louisiana coast?

    The first group is a batch of slogans. These varied morsels make up the bulk of the news. Examples are:

    • Stop offshore drilling.

    • The government is made of incompetent liars.

    • Rich corporations are greedy sharks headed by phony numbskulls.

    • Ignore experts. They get money from some interest or other.

    A further look finds more involved and coherent aspects to apply to this and other issues, such as: