Today's Opinions

  • The downside of a good fortune

    The rates of China’s economic growth are often reported in a wide variety of sectors. But China is experiencing another bonanza, too. It doesn’t get the headlines commanded by economic figures, but it catches the attention of geologists and anyone with an interest in the history of life on Earth.
    What’s at issue is the absolute tsunami of fossil specimens that are dug up in China and make their way around the world.

  • Faster for less money

    We are a nation of laws. By nature most of us resent laws that restrict what we do. At the same time, I hear no one singing the praises of lawlessness.
    The burning interest in laws misses a third option that is freer of pitfalls than either rules or lawlessness. The creative path has gained some notable ground on pollution problems.  
    The approach can be described as “voluntary,” “pursuing ideas” or “jawboning,” if you would call it that. They all mean achieving better pollution control than the law demands.

  • A governor still on the campaign trail

    It borders on cruel and unusual punishment, the way we require newly elected governors to stand before the Legislature and hold forth on “The State of The State” barely two weeks after taking office.  
    Think about it: They get themselves elected on the first Tuesday in November, whereupon they have a couple of months to catch their breath after a grueling campaign, collect their wits and begin the process of assembling the rudiments of an administration before raising their right hand and taking the oath of office on Jan. 1.

  • Employers' concerns matter

    If opening day of the legislature is any indication, business – especially small business – sure has a lot of friends. But some of those friendships are fleeting.
    This was evident in an unlikely context. Former Gov. Gary Johnson spoke to a spirited Tea Party rally outside the Roundhouse.
    They cheered enthusiastically as Johnson talked about cutting government by 43 percent, balancing the federal budget and reducing taxes.
    But as he talked, the crowd cooled, and it wasn’t just the temperature.

  • Just A Wag 01-28-11

    Judge renders sentence
    A Bernalillo County judge sentenced Los Alamos firefighter Brandon Gore to six months of probation. Following successful completion, the indecent exposure charge will be removed from his record.
    Charles Lujan retires
    Ofc. Charles Lujan retired today from the LAPD after more than 20 years of service, most recently as chief of animal control. He chose to retire quietly without any fanfare.
    Send us your wags

  • Alternative lender helps kids find their castle

    Sandra Monica has a passion for working with children. That’s why after 15 years as an employee, Monica decided it was time to start a day care center of her own.
    Starting out was no easy task, but with her husband’s support and financing from The Loan Fund, Monica opened Kid’s Castle Child Development Center in Las Cruces.
    The center offers early education to children six weeks to 12 years of age. Kid’s Castle serves more than 100 children and employs approximately 25 full-time teachers.

  • Freedom of stupidity

    Freedom of speech is “the right to communicate ideas and opinions without government intervention.” There are limits of course. You can’t yell “Fire!” in a crowded room just for fun.  Public obscenity can land you a hefty fine. And I wouldn’t suggest that you crack jokes about having a gun while in an airport.

  • Can’t stop that uneasy feeling picturing Trinity roundabouts

    Every time I thought about Trinity Drive with roundabouts I had a general feeling of unease. And then I remembered.
    When I lived in the Boston area and I had commuted to Cambridge, MA, from nine miles away by bicycle, roundabouts were the worst part of the commute.
    If you stayed on the right, it was all too easy for cars to peel off of the circle to the right and try to mow you down. If you went into the main lane to avoid being run over, drivers would honk at you.