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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Committee chair accepts olive branch

    On Wednesday, the Los Alamos Monitor published a story on my resignation from the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee. This story did a reasonable job of covering the major points of the disagreement between myself and some members of the county council.
    However, I would like to elaborate on a few additional points; give my views on where the master plan goes from here; and, perhaps most important, publicly accept the olive branch that has been extended to me by Councilor Ron Selvage.

  • House races are shaping up

    U.S. House races are beginning to take shape. Senate races already are well set because they are statewide.
    Senate candidates don’t have to worry about what redistricting might do to their campaign plans.
    Heather Wilson and Martin Heinrich reported impressive third quarter fundraising totals.
    Lt. Gov. John Sanchez still can give Wilson a race in the GOP primary, with Greg Sowards lurking as a possible spoiler.
    State Auditor Hector Balderas still has a shot at Heinrich in the Democratic primary.
    But it is the House where interest now is turning. The 1st Congressional District has a full-blown race on the Democratic side. Rep. Martin Heinrich is giving up the seat to run for the Senate post being vacated by Sen. Jeff Bingaman.

  • Stepping up to a bright idea

    At first I wasn’t sure I was reading the CNN report correctly. The story hinged on special pavement that uses the impact of human feet to generate electricity.
    That’s right. A young man in Britain has invented a device that harvests the energy from a footfall hitting the pavement to power things like LED lights.
    Talk about a bright idea. The “PaveGen” project is the brainchild of Laurence Kemball-Cook, 25. He’s an engineer who built a prototype of the device during his last year in school and is now working to make and market his creation.

  • Statehood events begin

    Most New Mexicans likely are aware that New Mexico celebrates its 100th birthday on Jan. 6.
    Few New Mexicans, at this point, seem aware that the centennial celebration already has started.
    That’s the way it usually happens. To avoid a one-day celebration, start early and keep it going for a year or more.
    New Mexico is no exception. Gov. Susana Martinez kicked off the festivities in Las Cruces back on Aug. 28.
    That was followed by an executive order on Sept. 1 directing all state agencies to promote the centennial.
    Union Pacific is adding to the celebration by sending one of its vintage locomotives steaming through New Mexico Nov. 4-9 from Tucumcari to Lordsburg.

  • Recession over? 6,000 jobs vanished last year

    For more than a year, New Mexico has had 6,000 more people working than we thought we had. Or not.
    If that sounds odd, it is odd. Maybe even another reason to distrust “the government,” one part of which is the source of dilemma.
    Another piece of the government, the Legislative Finance Committee called it a “perceived error.”
    I’ll explain. But first step back to a bigger picture.
    We are all, people and organizations, measured by our accounting systems.
    For people, the accounting measures might start with the amount of cash in the pocket, step up in sophistication to a checking account, then to computer tracking of spending and income and go from there.