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Today's Opinions

  • A shady problem

    We’re probably too late to solve this, but the problem is ice buildup and dangerous walking on the shady side of downtown buildings, along Central Avenue especially. When snow falls, the county does a good job of clearing, but when cars are already in the lots, the snow gets packed down and turns to ice.

    The snow on the north-facing curbs turns to ice and remains there till spring.

  • Democracies fail too

    We in the United States operated under the delusion that the constitutional democracy begun more than 200 years ago can never fail. I’m sure the Romans thought the same in the days before the empire.

    Members of Congress waste about 75 percent of their time on bickering, political posturing and getting reelected. Presidents issue executive orders and institute secret programs than violate our constitution and our laws.

    Most Americans don’t bother voting or don’t bother informing themselves about candidates and issues before they do so.

  • Citizen scientists welcome here

    The term “citizen scientist” is in vogue these days. Citizen scientists are defined as volunteers, many without specific scientific training, who perform or manage research-related tasks such as observation, measurement, compilation or computation.

  • The great American Tax Machine

    The American people can hear it coming. They can hear its massive engine revving up in the distance. It doesn’t guzzle gas, but it does have a voracious appetite — for your money.

    That’s right, it’s the Great American Tax Machine and it’s on the way. There’s seemingly little that can be done to stop it. In fact, the machine has already pillaged places like California, Ohio and New York City. It is just a matter of time before it rolls through where you live.

  • Super Bowl day conquers all

    SANTA FE — The Super Bowl has become too big to ignore, even during what may be the most important legislative session ever. Lawmakers certainly don’t ignore the Super Bowl.

    Normally legislators put in a hard day’s work on the next to last Sunday of a legislative session. But when a Super Bowl falls on that day, don’t expect any floor sessions or committee meetings.

  • Real restructuring needs a long lens

    Here’s an axiom for this year: Cliches and platitudes will grow in inverse proportion to the state’s budget.

    We will “pick the low-hanging fruit,” “tighten our belts,” “share the pain” and “bite the bullet.”

    As legislators debate all the ways for the state to pay its bills this year, some are taking a longer view. Even without an economic downturn, there’s no way the state could maintain the trajectory of its spending. It’s time, they say, to restructure state government.

  • Love is in the air, it must be February

    My love is like an artichoke.  It may sound strange, but true.  I keep the outer leaves for me.  But the heart I give to you.

    Ah, love is in the air and men of all ages become poets extraordinaire. I better keep my day job, eh?

  • A cheer for the building site

    I just read in the Monitor that the county council has decided to build the County Municipal Building on Site 6. I commend those who voted for it. I understand the vote of those drawn to put it back where it stood. I thank all the councilors for not burdening the citizenry further as would have occurred if the third choice presented had been selected.