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Today's Opinions

  • Community newspapers find meaning, make money

    Professionally I grew up with newspapers, though not the dominant daily in the large market. (“Large” markets for me mean Oklahoma City and Albuquerque.)
    I only worked for the big guy once, a brief stint with the Daily Oklahoman. My experience started with the old Albuquerque News, a weekly shopper with real editorial content. For the publishing company I started as janitor and served in production, sales and administration.
    My affection goes to community newspapers, which is fortunate since community newspapers print this column. Fellow columnist Sherry Robinson and I believe that community papers have a valuable role doing things too small scale to interest the big papers.

  • Don't vote for disaster

    The failure of the Congressional Super Committee to reach a “deal” on cutting the future national budget deficit proves one thing — no one should vote Republican in the upcoming federal elections.
    Yes, there are some fine people running as Republicans, but this admonition has nothing to do with individuals and everything to do with survival for everyone who is not part of the super rich who are consistently favored by the actions of elected Republicans.
    Recent PBS reports on economic inequality in America, and how the Great Recession happened as detailed in the book AFTERSHOCK by Robert B. Reich, document some startling facts.

  • It's time for Allen Weh to share his own ideas

    I am disappointed that Allen Weh would use his space in the Los Alamos Monitor to repeat Republican Talking Points, that can be heard 24 hours a day on Fox News and a plethora of conservative talk radio programs.
    If he wants to have his say each month, he should be presenting his own ideas in a reasoned and intelligent tone.  
    I am tired of hearing the talking points of “class warfare” and President Obama’s lack of leadership.
    This president has made an incredible effort to work with both parties in congress, and most of us are painfully aware that those who will not compromise on anything are the Republicans.

  • Keep those hands off WIPP mission

    I would like to implore Rep. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., to utilize what is left of his cerebrum/cerebellum and, or medulla in his foolhardy and suspiciously self-serving desire to sever the  fiduciary relationship he holds with the citizens of New Mexico, by seeking to support the change to the intended mission of WIPP.  
    WIPP up to now has been seen as the world’s only nuclear repository for low level nuclear waste and was never to become  that of what  was Yucca mountain’s intended mission (as ill conceived as that was) a storage facility for the spent fuel rods of the nations 103 nuclear reactors. 

  • Who gets the prize?

    I spent a week, well, actually five days filling out a form. Every night I had to fill in the title, the author, and the amount of time spent reading on this form.
    It was called a reading log. It wasn’t my reading log, it was my kindergartner’s.
    But, since my K-Kid couldn’t write yet and I wasn’t about to take the time at the end of a long day to teach him how to fill out this form - I did it. Every night “we” filled it out. I lie.
    There were some nights that we didn’t read. So I faked it. Sometimes we got busy and by the time it was bedtime, I felt it better to get my kid in bed rather than read and of course I was the reader. So, I fudged sometimes.

  • Liberal fairy tale embraced

    Words matter.
    This week we consider 17 words from Sen. Tom Udall. We will consider what he really said (not much), his being wrong, and his continued embrace of the liberal Democrat fairy tale that is a huge obstacle to dealing with the coming national financial disaster.
    Note that conservatives have their fairy tale — no tax increase at all — but it’s Udall for this column.
    Udall was commenting on a proposal to change cost of living adjustments on federal entitlement programs to a chain-weighted approach. In early November he told the Albuquerque Journal, “While I would consider reasonable changes to the cost-of-living adjustment, pushing our seniors into poverty is a nonstarter.”

  • Removing thorns of uncertainty

    New Mexico’s unemployment numbers are looking a little better. So why is it still so hard to find a job? Why is our economy in slow motion while surrounding states rebound?
    “We’re not adding jobs,” said Beverlee McClure, president of the Association of Commerce and Industry, during a talk last week to business leaders.  
    Employers aren’t willing or able to do much hiring. (Unless they’re in Artesia. An ACI member there told McClure, “If you can fog a mirror, we can put you to work.”)
    McClure’s message: “If we’re not talking about jobs, we’re not talking about the right thing.”

  • No justifying abuse

     I recently read an article about a stray dog found at the Berkeley Marina in California that had been shot with a pellet gun 38 times.  
    The dog was treated by Berkeley Animal Services and survived.  
    Can you imagine what type of lowlife would find it amusing to shoot an animal thirty-eight times?  
    In Long Island, a man got into an argument with a woman who was walking her 1-year old Dachshund.  
    He grabbed the dog and threw it 10 feet into the street.  (Little Coco was injured but is okay.)  
    Again, what type of lowlife defines his manhood by how far he can javelin toss a 12-pound dog?  
    Can people be more despicable?