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Today's Opinions

  • Muni building’s side issues

    The central question of the Muni is:  Do we want it back at the pond or not? Everything else is a side issue.
    If the answer is yes, then we can get it done.  At this juncture, I would prefer to avoid “going negative.”  Towards that end, I have posted on my blog, losalamosrealitycheck.blogspot.com, the reasons I believe the answer should be “yes” (and I hope to have the Monitor run that, though it is a bit lengthy.)

  • First gentleman & second fiddle

    Ah, the men in Susana’s life. What to do with the first gentleman and the second fiddle? It’s a pesky problem.
    The first gentleman, Chuck Franco, is unique in New Mexico politics. We haven’t had a first gentleman before.
    Chuck is retired and so doesn’t have a job to go to every day. He was always at his wife’s side during the campaign, helping in anyway he could. But now what does he do?

  • First gentleman & second fiddle

    Ah, the men in Susana’s life. What to do with the first gentleman and the second fiddle? It’s a pesky problem.
    The first gentleman, Chuck Franco, is unique in New Mexico politics. We haven’t had a first gentleman before.
    Chuck is retired and so doesn’t have a job to go to every day. He was always at his wife’s side during the campaign, helping in anyway he could. But now what does he do?

  • Advance thinking enhances holiday experience

    The holidays, the time between Thanksgiving eve and New Years Day, is a time “of going with the flow” for most men.   
    Women have a different outlook. It is a time for lots of work and stress involving cookies, cards, presents, decorating, dinners, schedules of dinner parties – wow! Where is January?

  • Petitions are signed for so many reasons

    Councilor Vincent Chiravalle introduced an ordinance that calls for resurrecting the demolished county building at Ashley Pond. He believes his constituents “feel strongly about this issue” because 1,600 of them signed Richard Hannemann’s petition supporting the same.

  • The '87 truck isn't that swank

    I came to a sharp fork in the deeply rutted road of my life this fall.
    I had to decide if I would continue to limp around on Saturdays in my beloved but inefficient ’87 pickup, or sell it off to some poor soul in more need of it than I.
    My eight cylinder American-made truck has a relatively small engine in it, the most petite offered in its day.
    Still, you can feel the engine torque the body of the truck when you turn it on. Perhaps that’s why is gets only about a dozen miles to the gallon, and that’s at 50 mph with a strong tail wind.

  • Match employees with the right job to reap a win-win

    When it comes to hiring people, small businesses usually don’t have the resources of large corporations, which have human resources specialists who are trained to recruit employees and to monitor their performance with regular performance appraisals.
    A small-business owner usually has to rely on gut instincts, observation and pointed questions when hiring a new employee and thereafter has to monitor how the employee is doing to make sure she is a good fit for the job and is performing at the height of her abilities.

  • Appointees skate on thin ice

    Being a state employee at a time like this is no fun. The vast majority of state payrollers are protected by the state Personnel Act, which prevents new administrations from firing everyone as was the case before 1961.
    Although classified employees know they can’t be fired without cause, they still are very uneasy during a change in administration. It’s especially stressful when it involves a change in political party as it has during the last five gubernatorial elections.