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Today's Opinions

  • But I digress...Warning: Don't snort dog kibble!

    We got new cell phones the other day.

  • Waiting for an apology

    Dear Editor,

    I was saddened and disappointed to hear Obama speak so disparagingly about physicians at his news conference on July 22, 2009.  He stated that if a child had a bad sore throat or repeated sore throats, a pediatrician might look at the reimbursement system and see that he or she could make more money by taking the tonsils out.  

  • Local economy needs action

    Dear Editor,

    For most folks, the problem is not enough shopping. We’re not talking luxuries, just basics. One grocery, no shoe store, no toy store, no stand-alone pharmacy, limited availabilities of stuff.

    It is time we think outside the box – be it a Big Box, or the bigger box that our dependency on the lab has put us in. Nor do we want only those science and tech businesses that pay no less than $60,000/year, as proposed by Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation.

  • The victims of the atomic bomb

    The anniversary of the United States atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki serve as a reminder of the danger posed by nuclear weapons and the need for this country to work in good faith toward their elimination.  The bombings killed more than 200,000 people and set in motion an arms race that has resulted in several near brushes with nuclear war.  

    There are more than 20,000 nuclear weapons in existence today. The vast majority of these weapons are held by the United States and Russia, with 9,400 and 13,000 respectively.

  • Second District House race is on

    SANTA FE – The 2010 general election contest between Rep. Harry Teague and former Rep. Steve Pearce in the 2nd Congressional District has been at full steam for a month.

  • Sorting out risk is a big task

    CLASSIC ESSAY

    On July 9, the New Mexico Health Department announced, “New Mexicans have a new Web site to learn how environmental contaminants might affect their health.” The site, www.cdc.gov/ephtracking

    was six years in the making, with more yet to do.

    This large data-handling project, its value and technical hurdles, were described in the Monitor in this essay of March 1, 2005.

  • Our View: Calling all scientists

    In a community where science is both bread and butter, both vocation and avocation, topics like the role and standing of science and scientists in society receive relatively little attention.

  • When the well runs dry

    Last week the nation’s governors met in Biloxi, Miss., for the National Governors Association’s summer convention.

    And guess what? They all said they were broke.

    Surprise, surprise.

    And a message they sent loud and clear is that the states cannot afford to pick up any extra expenses.

    There has been some talk in Congress that the states should be forced to make up some of the expenses that the feds are now paying, from health care to national security.