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Today's Opinions

  • Healthy Unhappy Meals

    Every time I think society has hit rock bottom, someone proves me wrong.  
    Last month it was the law makers of San Francisco.  They proposed a city ordinance that would force McDonald’s restaurants to add fruit and vegetables in their Happy Meals boxes.  
    The ordinance focuses on McDonald’s strategy of including toys in the meal boxes, which the city claims is an unfair inducement for children to eat unhealthy food.

  • Americans still remember

    Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. One of the reasons is that Americans still remember why we celebrate it.
    Thanksgiving isn’t just another holiday, to which we give not one thought other than that it is a day off work.
    Nearly all of us truly remember to give thanks and truly celebrate the holiday.
    Unlike Christmas, there is no stress around giving and receiving presents. The purpose of celebrating Thanksgiving is very simple and very easy to observe.

  • Take time to ponder what really counts Thanksgiving 2010

    Ready for some Thanksgiving quotes? I don’t mean the “I’m thankful for my Nintendo Wii” or the “I’m thankful for my new car” quotes that we hear all too often lately.  I mean some real Thanksgiving quotes that remind us of what we really have to be thankful for.
    Here are 10 Thanksgiving quotes to celebrate and ponder:
    •“The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.” —H.U. Westermayer

  • A new ‘START’ for women all around the world

    The so-called New START, the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia, is poised for an historic ratification vote in the Senate this year. Three more major international treaties are also lined up on President Obama’s ratification to-do list: the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, and CEDAW, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.
    CEDAW is a landmark international agreement that affirms principles of fundamental human rights and equality for women and girls around the world.

  • A tough task indeed

    There is no doubt that Governor-elect Susana Martinez faces a difficult task. Not only does she have to put together an administration to operate (and hopefully improve) New Mexico’s sprawling government, she now faces a $450 million deficit that must be dealt with in the next legislative session.

  • Voters should make their voices heard

    County Councilor Vincent Chiravalle needs to remember that there are far more than 1,600 voters in Los Alamos County.  
    With more than 8,600 individuals voting during the past election (based on votes for governor), the voices of all should be listened to before passing an ordinance to rebuild a building that is better left in fond memory (for some).

  • Chiravalle ignores voters, may waste taxpayer dollars

    Last Friday, The Monitor reported that Councilor Vincent Chiravalle planned to introduce an ordinance implementing the recent petition to rebuild the 1967 municipal building in its original form and location.
    On Oct. 19, the council displayed great deference to direct (as opposed to representative) democracy when it decided to put that petition to a vote despite the county attorney’s firm opinion that the petition included illegal components.

  • Transition of power musing

    As the gubernatorial transition from Bill Richardson to Susana Martinez moves forward, a few observations appear appropriate.
    One suggestion has come to the IdeasForNewMexico@swcp.com e-mail address unveiled in my last column. It’s a good one and is exactly the sort of problem, well known to people on the ground, that doesn’t trickle to the netherworld of the transition.