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Today's Opinions

  • 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:

  • Vacations are loaded with lessons

    My finest memory from childhood is sailing a kayak my clever brother had made out of plywood and canvas.

    The sailing adventure was on a lake in Glacier National Park. The wind was good, my beloved dog was tucked between my knees for ballast, and I scooted over the water like a rocket – or so it seemed to an 11-year old.  I have a black-and-white photo of that event (the world was black and white in those days) and I cherish it greatly even though it’s faded.

  • Cell phones for soldiers

    Following this Fourth of July, please plan to donate your old cell phones to support our service men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan. You can do this by taking them to any Los Alamos Fire Station to donate.

    The locations are:

    Station 1:  West Jemez Road at TA 3 Bldg. 41

    Station 2:  132 DP Road at TA 73 Bldg. 19

    Station 3:  129 State Road 4

    Station 4:  4401 Diamond Drive at TA 00 Bldg. 1096

    Station 5:  State Rd 501 at TA 16 Bldg. 180

    Station 6:  457 East Rd at TA 73 Bldg. 4 and