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Today's Opinions

  • Happy New Year folks

    I was my mother’s third child and her third son.  I never did understand why parents care so much about the gender of their newborns, but my mother sure did and the entire hospital wing knew it.  
    As the story was told to me, she literally threw a tantrum, throwing things and crying that she had wanted a girl. The nurses even put a pink bracelet on me in an attempt to calm her down.

  • Start slowly with a few dollars each month

    If you dread making New Year’s resolutions because you’re afraid you’ll fall short, take heart: One minor setback doesn’t mean having to write off the rest of the year.
    You’ll probably have more success if you start out with small steps and gain momentum as you go, whether it’s losing weight, lowering debt or boosting retirement savings.
    If your goal is to improve your personal finances, here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • It’s high time Virginia faced the cold, hard truth

    Dear Virginia - It has  been a while since you wrote a letter to the New York Sun seeking information regarding the existence of Santa Claus.  
    At the time, Mr. Francis Pharcellus Church was assigned to respond to your letter. According to my records, Mr. Church answered at length, assuring you that  Santa Claus is real.

  • Petition outcome may have been different if more facts were known

    I wonder if those who signed the Hannemann petition would have done so if they knew the following:
    In an affidavit given recently by former County Attorney Mary McInerny, she told Mr. Hannemann prior to the circulation of his petition, it was her opinion that the question he presented would be considered illegal under New Mexico case law.
    She also gave him a copy of the 1996 decision on which her opinion was based.
    Despite her advice, the petition was circulated with the same wording.

  • Our economy is flawed

    Finally, we almost have a new governor. Finally, also, we know the number of New Mexicans, 2,059,179 residing in the state as of April 1, 2010, plus another 8,094 living outside the country.
    We know the state’s rate of population increase, 13.2 percent during the past decade, was half the rate of the 1990 to 2000 decade.
    A good guess, if the Census Bureau’s between-census estimates are anywhere near correct, is that most of our population growth came from making babies. New Mexico holds much less appeal for grownups than do Arizona and Colorado.

  • Elections 2010: An expensive slurry of repeated slams

    On her retirement, a friend dedicated herself to public service and has since served on boards and run for office a few times. In the recent election, she lost her race for county commission.
    “My opponent spent $95,000. $95,000! For county commission! I raised $6,000 from my savings and by asking everyone I knew for money,” she said.
    For the lesser offices, she wonders, how does an ordinary person finance a campaign? Apparently all that cash flowing into races at the top of the ticket also flowed downhill to the well connected.

  • Martinez taps Johnsonians

    New Mexico is about to get a new governor, but if the people assisting her are any indication, the emerging Republican administration of Susanna Martinez just might bear a noticeable resemblance to the administration of the state’s out-going GOP governor eight years ago, Gary Johnson.
    If there was anything consistent about Martinez’s campaign this year, it was her call for voters to kick the “Ins” out.

  • Observations voiced about CIP Committee

    Now that this year’s Phase I process is over, I have a few observations to make about the committee itself. Rick Bohn, Gary Leikness and the committee did a wonderful job. I applauded them during several of their rating sessions.
    Now for a salient look at the makeup of the committee.