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Today's Opinions

  • Legislative squeeze play approaches

    Tenth Night came and on the Eleventh Day, the picture emerged for the 2010 session of the Legislature that begins Jan. 19.

    The Legislative Finance Committee got there first with a 14-page outline released Jan. 4. A day later, Gov. Bill Richardson proposed, as his news release put it, “a responsible, balanced budget” with 5 percent reserves.

  • This whole darn decade has a year to go

    SANTA FE — Hooray. We still have a year to redeem the first decade of the 21st century from being a complete bust.

    Reader Earl Nielsen, of Alamogordo, recalled that 10 years ago, I participated in the effort to remind the world that the decade, century and millennium didn’t end on Dec. 31, 1999. It ended a year later.

  • Diamond Drive story was mostly on the mark

    I believe the most important role of newspapers is to keep citizens informed of what is happening in their community.  By being informed we can then be active in the community. 

  • Questions remain about warming

    The letter by Charles Chick Keller “Let science make the call on climate,” Jan 5, 2010 was welcomed by me. I was waiting for an opinion by a local scientist in this science-rich town of Los Alamos.

    I agree that the warming is real, but the statement that there has been “ no warming in the past eight years,” is pretty mild when the data shows a cooling trend that is equivalent to 2 degrees Celsius per century. How long does this go on before we change our minds about global warming?

  • Don't hit pets and run

    On Tuesday, Dec. 24 at about 3 p.m., my Basset Hound, Gracie, was killed on the corner of 44th St. and Sandia in the Western Area right in front of my house. Whoever hit her, didn’t even stop.

  • Time to revisit term limits

    Watching the antics of the United States Senate these past few weeks, I was struck by images of old men moving slowly and deliberately, afraid to go too quickly in any direction for fear of losing a campaign dollar or a vote.

    In every other American venue, new blood is regularly infused to keep up with changes in population, needs and attitudes. Not so in the Senate, where experience becomes a liability when it inhibits innovation and progress, and when senators’ ideas take on the color of their longtime sponsors.

  • What a difference a decade makes

    When you are 20 years old, 10 years is half your lifetime, and time moves slowly. However, when you’re an older adult,

    10 years fly by at a speed that is unsettling. How has Los Alamos’ view of the environment changed in the last 10 years?

    The evolution of PEEC and Earth Day celebrations offers a frame of reference.

  • Making budget cuts, kind and otherwise

    Sometimes a statistic knocks at your door.

    This one was an attractive, well-spoken, 40-something woman.

    “My husband and I were laid off last month. I can do cleaning, and he can do yard work,” she said, handing me a flyer.

    I could have used her help, but like a lot of other self-employed people, I’ve seen my work thin out lately.