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Today's Opinions

  • A plan that would erase the deficit and quickly

    I see in the paper that the state is in financial trouble. The reason for this is failure to carry the global economy to its logical conclusion.
     In 1994, Congress approved NAFTA and President Bill Clinton signed the bill. In 2000, Congress approved Most Favored Nation status for China, and Clinton signed it.This was followed by a rush of jobs to China and Mexico, manufacturing jobs that formerly employed American production workers.
     But then progress stopped. Only the workers in the private sector were called upon to achieve the economies promised by the global economy. No government workers were included.

  • English only please

    Have you noticed how the same old divisive legislative proposals invariably get new leases on life when a fresh batch of right-leaning politicos gets elected to Congress?
    For example, it’s a safe bet that somewhere along the line, there’ll be a hue and cry to cut federal funding for public broadcasting.
    It’s equally predictable there’ll be renewed zeal for so-called “English only” legislation designed to make English the official language of these United States. This one has legs and comes back to haunt political season after political season.
    And, sure enough, it is upon us anew, thanks in part to the large cadre of Republican Tea Partiers who were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives last November.

  • Efficiency in regulations

    A lack of sturdy regulation is a large, worsening problem for the nation’s economy in all its aspects. Today’s essay outlines sorely needed advances of large scope. Ensuing columns will amplify key features. Judge the whole.
    Dept. of Regulatory Science & Technology Tools move us faster than slogans. A painting can show new ways of seeing things, unless we stand too near it. It works the same with regulation.
    Camps of competing interests exchange infamies over the need for regulation. Industry decries the strictness of regulations. Camps berate the enforcement of regulations.  
    The efficiency of regulation gets the least attention, yet is vital to the most interests.

  • Open letter to the county council

    I have a couple of suggestion that could save the county money:
    •Have people put their trash carts on one side of the street. This would allow the trash trucks to go down a street only once saving time, money, gas and reducing noise.
    •Have the recycle trucks pick up every other week. This could be done by standardizing the cart size, the large size. The county could sell the smaller size carts they currently have to other governments or utility companies.
    Judging by the number of recycle carts I see out at the curb on pickup day most people don’t put the recycle carts every week. Again, the carts could be put on one side of the street saving time, money, gas and reducing noise.
    I hope the council will consider these suggestions.

  • Simple alternative proposed for ACT

    I would like to thank those who showed up for Friday’s North Central Regional District’s Board meeting.  
    You made a strong showing by effectively communicating the value and importance of maintaining the funding for the Atomic City Transit routes that were previously approved for funding from the NCRTD, the WR and Eastern area routes.  
    The funding formula and the various options proposed by the consultant all leave those routes without sufficient funds to operate.  We have proposed a simple alternative that returns a sufficient percentage of the GRT revenues generated by Los Alamos County to Atomic City Transit to continue to operate those popular routes.  

  • First responders need protection

    Most Americans were heartened a few months ago, when Congress enacted and President Obama signed — with considerable fanfare ­— a law providing financial help for people who got sick after the fall of the World Trade Center in 2001.
    Firefighters, police officers and others involved in the massive cleanup have suffered with diseases traceable to the horrendous toxic exposures they endured.
    Special legislation was needed for the civic employees, in part because of the long time lag between the exposure and the disease.
    Statutes vary from state to state, but in general, occupational disease coverage under workers’ compensation law is limited by narrow definitions and time limits that would make it difficult to apply to these cases.

  • There’s no political glory in making hard decisions

    Sen. Bill Sapien was defending his bill to move money from higher education to early education, and the Senate Finance Committee wasn’t buying.
    “We’re all trying to skin the cat for early childhood education,” said Republican Sen. Sue Wilson Beffort.
    “The problem is,” added Democrat Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino, “We’re all skinning the same cat.”
    I like to make fun of political cliches, but I can also appreciate the power of a phrase, however overused, to communicate, especially in a session as charged and raw as this one.  We heard a lot about “stepping up to the plate,” “kicking the can down the road,” and balancing the budget on somebody’s back.

  • Downtown White Rock rises out of the ashes

    I am speaking as a tax-paying property owner of White Rock. The citizens of White Rock owe Larry Handy a big round of applause for recovering downtown White Rock from a dump of overgrown bushes, weeds and abandoned buildings.
    It took manpower and money to repave the parking lots, remove old bushes/trees and weeds and paint the buildings. Our thanks and gratitude to Mr. Handy. It looks clean and bright, and ready for any retail business that wants to move in.
    We would like to see the other businesses that have been overgrown by weeds and debris clean up their plats and apply needed paint. That is what will attract a future for White Rock.

    Janet Basinger
    White Rock