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Today's Opinions

  • American Relief and Recovery Act may have new meaning

    You can’t accuse anybody of exploiting
    the world-famous church in Las Trampas
    for gain.
    In front of the church is a dirt parking
    area, and across the way is a small, funky
    shop, with “La Tienda” painted by hand
    over the doorway, where you can find
    modestly priced pottery, odd-looking
    wood sculptures that are a Pueblo version
    of kachina figures, and cold drinks
    that you can serve yourself from an old
    refrigerator.
    Some folks walk in and ask the shop owner if there is a

  • American Relief and Recovery Act may have whole new meaning

    You can’t accuse anybody of exploiting the world-famous church in Las Trampas for gain.
    In front of the church is a dirt parking area, and across the way is a small, funky shop, with “La Tienda” painted by hand over the doorway, where you can find modestly priced pottery, odd-looking wood sculptures that are a Pueblo version of kachina figures, and cold drinks that you can serve yourself from an old refrigerator.

  • 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.

  • Who hid the deficit?

    What did I tell you? My column written for Oct. 4, announced a $450 million budget deficit. At the time, the Legislature was predicting a $260 million deficit.
    No, I wasn’t part of Gov. Bill Richardson’s “hide the ball” conspiracy that Gov.-Elect Susana Martinez alleges.
    My not-so-secret information came from watching the ebb and flow of  deficit projections during the past two years.
    Even one year ago, Martinez was still chasing drug cartels and her advisers were still back in Washington, D.C. So how were they to know?

  • It’s time to turn the focus to jobs, jobs and more jobs now

    Now that Obama has been “shellacked” in the midterm election, he can get back to the urgent issue of jobs, jobs, jobs.  
    How would those jobs be financed? One way would be to divert some money from all the war spending to job creation in infrastructure projects.  
    We already know that $3 trillion will have gone down the drain in the Iraq war so we cannot save that.
    How about Afghanistan? The Karzai government in Afghanistan is rated the second most corrupt in the world. Yet we have supported Karzai on the CIA payroll.  

  • Time is of the essence to adopt from shelter

    I want to convince people to adopt a dog from a shelter. People can find dogs at our shelter. All these puppies and dogs need a good home and a good community.
    The first reason to  adopt puppies and dogs is that they have good temperments. They are very friendly dogs and they make good companions for people who live alone.  Also, they get you outside.
    The second reason to adopt is to give them a good home. They need good leadership and need good structure by using clear rules. To make them happy, they need to play a lot and do tricks.

  • Control of Internet at issue involving net neutrality

    In an economy with too few jobs to offer displaced workers, some have taken a deep breath and started a home business. Others are employed by companies with home-based worker programs.
    These folks are the fastest growing segment of the economy, and they don’t get enough respect, says Community Economics Lab, a consulting firm that has a pilot program in Los Lunas. Its goal is to find ways to support home-based workers.

  • 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.