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Today's Opinions

  • Cancer survivor’s Christmas

    Yes it’s that time of year again. It’s the holidays and ‘tis the season to be stressed! Crowded malls, last minute shopping, endless lines, 200 cards to write….what? You mean it’s only me who does that? Bummer! No wonder I never get many back.
    For the average person, there’s enough stress. Add cancer, or illness, into the equation and this season can be the Everest of anxiety.

  • Los Alamos firefighters pay a kindness forward

    I received a $100 Smith’s gift card from a local citizen as a thank you for what we do for the community. It was decided to give the gift to someone who needed it more than we do.
    I received many great ideas from several personnel and one of them was to give it to the young lady who was hit on I-25 while on her way home from working at Rocky Mountain EMS.
    Not only is she an EMT, she  is also a Santa Fe County volunteer firefighter and therefore one of us.
    Apparently she has multiple broken bones and a long rehab ahead of her.

  • Tread carefully on film incentives

    A new study argues that New Mexico and 42 other states are wasting their money on film incentives.  
    “In the harsh light of reality, film subsidies offer little bang for the buck,” writes Robert Tannenwald, of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
    I give the study a thumbs-down for its biases and mistaken assumptions, but it’s another reminder that the incentive program isn’t well understood.

  • Bingaman ponders reelection bid

    We have become such a rancorous lot, we Americans.
    Perhaps that’s why many New Mexicans had a moment’s pause when Jeff Bingaman recently let it be known that he is thinking about not seeking another term in the U.S. Senate come 2012.
    Bingaman is that rare political figure who rarely blows his cool, an isle of balance and sanity in a sea of roiling political waters.

  • Fire and police lauded for professionalism

    We would like to recognize the excellence and professionalism that exists in both our Los Alamos fire and police departments.
    Recently residents of Oppenheimer Place saw firsthand the fine work of firefighter Shane Grano, driver engineer Ed Hunter, firefighter Keith Garcia, firefighter Ernest Anew and Capt. Matt Cionek, who are all currently stationed out of Fire Station 6, in their performance of duty when they responded to a 911 call.
    Chaplain Jeff Eichorst also responded to the call and provided support of a different kind.

  • Whatever the shortfall, service cuts are looming

    A crowd appeared for the Dec. 2 Legislative Finance Committee meeting. The topic was a new consensus General Fund Revenue Projection. All 16 LFC members were there.
    Eight other legislators had a chair at the front of Room 307 in the Capitol in Santa Fe. House Speaker Ben Lujan sat in a dark corner, almost hidden. Room 307 wasn’t full, as in wall-to-wall full. The audience, scattered around the room, included lobbyists, state staff, and business types.

  • Santa Claus & Mr. Scrooge

    Isn’t it wonderful to have a brief season of good will that even extends into the political world this year? With a new administration headed into Santa Fe, a period of high hopes reigns at least for a few weeks.
    Our major state newspaper feels hearts are so light that it can feature a front page article on our governor-elect’s pajamas. The inference is that readers have little reason to consider anything more important than Susana Martinez’s “sleepy pants” at this time of year.

  • Local inhabitants are not all mindless swine

    I must respectfully disagree that Los Alamos/White Rock is inhabited by mindless swine who continually leave their droppings around town.
    In my life, I have never lived in a community that cares so much about its environment. Sure trash does get away from time to time, but almost every time I’m out hiking I see somebody picking up trash as they walk or jog.
    I’ve met hundreds of dogs out walking their humans and I can hardly remember an incident where an owner was not in control and being responsible for their pets.