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Today's Opinions

  • Bingaman ponders reelection bid

    We have become such a rancorous lot, we Americans.
    Perhaps that’s why many New Mexicans had a moment’s pause when Jeff Bingaman recently let it be known that he is thinking about not seeking another term in the U.S. Senate come 2012.
    Bingaman is that rare political figure who rarely blows his cool, an isle of balance and sanity in a sea of roiling political waters.

  • Fire and police lauded for professionalism

    We would like to recognize the excellence and professionalism that exists in both our Los Alamos fire and police departments.
    Recently residents of Oppenheimer Place saw firsthand the fine work of firefighter Shane Grano, driver engineer Ed Hunter, firefighter Keith Garcia, firefighter Ernest Anew and Capt. Matt Cionek, who are all currently stationed out of Fire Station 6, in their performance of duty when they responded to a 911 call.
    Chaplain Jeff Eichorst also responded to the call and provided support of a different kind.

  • Whatever the shortfall, service cuts are looming

    A crowd appeared for the Dec. 2 Legislative Finance Committee meeting. The topic was a new consensus General Fund Revenue Projection. All 16 LFC members were there.
    Eight other legislators had a chair at the front of Room 307 in the Capitol in Santa Fe. House Speaker Ben Lujan sat in a dark corner, almost hidden. Room 307 wasn’t full, as in wall-to-wall full. The audience, scattered around the room, included lobbyists, state staff, and business types.

  • Santa Claus & Mr. Scrooge

    Isn’t it wonderful to have a brief season of good will that even extends into the political world this year? With a new administration headed into Santa Fe, a period of high hopes reigns at least for a few weeks.
    Our major state newspaper feels hearts are so light that it can feature a front page article on our governor-elect’s pajamas. The inference is that readers have little reason to consider anything more important than Susana Martinez’s “sleepy pants” at this time of year.

  • Local inhabitants are not all mindless swine

    I must respectfully disagree that Los Alamos/White Rock is inhabited by mindless swine who continually leave their droppings around town.
    In my life, I have never lived in a community that cares so much about its environment. Sure trash does get away from time to time, but almost every time I’m out hiking I see somebody picking up trash as they walk or jog.
    I’ve met hundreds of dogs out walking their humans and I can hardly remember an incident where an owner was not in control and being responsible for their pets.

  • GOP majority = less government

    A Republican renewal in Congress and in statehouses across the nation changes the political dynamic in favor of more limited government.
    But along with restraining runaway spending and checking bureaucratic expansion, there is a real chance to shift the balance of power in education policy from Washington, D.C. back to the states where it belongs
    At least four-dozen new Republicans will enter the House of Representatives and five new Republican senators will take office with a mandate not merely to slow or contain the expansion of federal power, but to roll it back.

  • Vets keep health centers

    On Wednesday you published an AP story, which implied that nine clinics currently serving veterans throughout Northern New Mexico will be closing. This is incorrect.
    The 13 community health centers presently contracting with the Veteran’s Administration offer a wide variety of services unrelated to that contract.

  • Tax preparers must act soon on ID numbers

    The Internal Revenue Service recently launched an unprecedented effort to provide some oversight over the tax preparation industry. Most tax preparers are dedicated to quality tax return preparation and are committed to quality service for their clients. But the actions of a few preparers can cause lots of problems – for their clients, for preparers who follow the rules and for the IRS.
    Here’s what we’re doing: