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Today's Opinions

  • Tax junk food, not fruits, vegetables and baby food

    The Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce (GACC) proposed last month that New Mexico reimpose the tax on food. The food tax issue has not gone away, but a wiser strategy would be a targeted tax on junk food, rather than making necessities like fruits, vegetables and baby food more expensive for New Mexico families.

  • The peek-a-boo information initiative

    One week the White House announces an Open Government Initiative. The next week the National Nuclear Security Administration slams the lid down on a vital piece of information that has been shared with the public in the past.

    That probably isn’t the way it was meant to play out, but that’s the way it felt.

    Here’s what happened:

    Like most other newspapers and citizens everywhere we have been led to expect a new era of openness in the federal government.

  • Tourism tax could have big impact

    There’s hardly a town in New Mexico that isn’t affected by tourism, even if visitors are just passing through. And this was not a good year.

    If you can agree with those two statements, maybe you can agree that there is such a thing as a good tax. I would define a good tax as one with a specific, desirable goal that takes a small bite and inflicts minimal pain.

    The tourism folks are hoping lawmakers see their proposal that way.

  • It’s beginning to look a lot like anything

    This is an interesting time of the year. Snowfalls paint a wonderful texture on the sagebrush, and the distant mountains become picturesque with their candle-dripped white caps. The mesas glimmer in the sunlight with their earth tone colors sporting ice floes. The entire landscape seems to yell out like a George Henry Durrie painting.

  • Taxation without representation

    At the dedication ceremony for the Municipal Building, June 24, 1967, County Administrator Paul Noland said, “This building symbolizes Los Alamos as a normal New Mexico town and a normal New Mexico county.” My how things have changed. Now we have a “vision” statement that “Los Alamos and the lab are inseparable.” Not exactly a normal town or normal county. Not exactly the vision that Los Alamos had for itself 40 years ago.  Not exactly what was envisioned by the people who fought to establish a separate and independent Los Alamos County.

  • Thanks for helping Dave Thurston

    On behalf of the Los Alamos High School Science Department, we want to thank the Los Alamos community for their overwhelming generosity to a person who is very special to us. We hosted a fundraiser for fellow science teacher, Dave Thurston, who is battling leukemia and in need of financial assistance because his health insurance does not cover all the costs associated with his treatment.

  • There’s no such thing as a free mammogram

    Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) was the first senator to offer a successful amendment to the big Senate health-care overhaul bill now being debated in Washington, D.C. It was a perfect lesson in what’s wrong with the political mentality.

    According to Mikulski’s news release, the amendment would “guarantee women access to preventive health care screenings and care at no cost ... [by requiring] all health plans to cover comprehensive women’s preventive care ... with no copayments.”

  • I didn’t survive cancer to die of stress

    Yes, it’s that time of year again. It’s the holidays and ’tis the season to be stressed. Crowded malls, last minute shopping, endless lines, 200 cards to write ... what? You mean I’m the only one who does that? Bummer. No wonder I don’t get many back.