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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • 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.