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Today's Opinions

  • Clean up White Rock and be proud again

    Pictures of neglected, debris-infested homes in White Rock could make a 50-page edition for us to browse through.

    But rather than that, how about we all go out, look around at our own homes, spend a  weekend, if need be, (cutting grass/weeds, putting things away or getting rid of them if we have no place to store them, getting dead vehicles sent to vehicle heaven, storing your boats, campers, etc. out of sight to your neighbors.)

  • United Way of Northern New Mexico praised

     On behalf of the United Way of Central New Mexico (serving Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance and Valencia Counties), I extend  thanks and appreciation to the United Way of Northern New Mexico for their hospitality and leadership in convening local United Ways from around the state.  

    New Mexico’s communities are served by a number of independent United Ways and the United Way of Central New Mexico values the opportunity to meet with, and learn from, other United Ways in the state.

  • Keep it simple, stupid

    At every level, we humans have a natural drive to understand the world around us. We try to understand people and the economy (with little success), and we try to understand the natural world around us (with more and more success over time).

  • Valles Caldera Trust eyes 10-year plan

    You should have already received an email to let you know the Valles Caldera Trust is proposing a 10-year plan to restore and manage the forest, grassland, shrubland, and riparian systems of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

  • Mammograms save lives

    I have practiced oncology and hematology in Los Alamos for two years alongside Dr. Peter Lindberg.

    Dr. Lindberg works on Tuesdays and cares for patients with prostate cancer. I take care of people with all other cancers and blood disorders all the other days of the week.

    My practice is diverse, ranging from providing care for people with anemia to those with multiple myeloma, breast cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer, malignant brain tumors and many other diseases. They are from all walks of life.

  • Relay for life says thanks to Los Alamos

    We are closing out our 2010 Relay For Life and I want to send a very big thank you to the community of Los Alamos.  

    We raised approximately $36,000 during our fundraising efforts this year for the American Cancer Society.  

    I want to thank the many relay teams that braved the rain to walk 18 hours around the pond.  

    The walking wasn’t always easy, but the dedication and honor shown toward those who are fighting cancer and those we have lost was profound.  

    The business community was enormously generous this year.  

  • What gets measured

    By the sheerest coincidence, I have just read two books that turned out to share a theme: the power of statistics. “Moneyball,” by Michael Lewis, is about major league baseball.  

    “Mountains Beyond Mountains,” by Tracy Kidder, is about the physician Paul Farmer, who revolutionized medical care in rural parts of Haiti and other remote places.

    Both books describe revolutions in the practice of a discipline because of a revolution in what gets measured and somebody’s bull-headed insistence that it is critical to measure the right things.

  • Raising Fearizona

    Greek playwright Aeschylus is recognized as the father of tragedy.  He once noted: “He who learns must suffer.  And even in our sleep pain, which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, until in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.”  

    Oh yeah, clearly this guy wasn’t big on comedy.  He did however recognize that true understanding is often super-glued to a swift kick in the head.  Who wants wisdom if you have to listen to that darn dripping noise of common reason all night long?