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Today's Opinions

  • Litter is art

    This morning, the wind blew a large plastic bag across the sidewalk. It fluttered like a butterfly in front of me and my dogs and then skittered away. Last summer I would have grabbed it, but 2010 has brought new insights.

  • Expect more delays on Diamond

    This is in response to a Monitor story “Diamond Drive, Take Four,” on March 4.

  • Do no harm is a general concept

    The fundamental rule of the medical profession given to students early in their career is to “do no harm.”

    This general concept can be applied to different areas and different issues. Today we apply it to the perceived problem of Earth’s climate.

  • You’ve seen it all before

    NAPILI BAY, MAUI — What’s happening in New Mexico? I leave it with one regular session of the Legislature expired but not finished. Two weeks later I hear you finished after a false start but didn’t get much of anything accomplished.

    You kicked the can down the road, as they say. You passed some minor cuts and some minor tax increases. But those cuts and tax increases may not be real. Gov. Bill Richardson may veto them or ignore them. So we don’t know if they’ve really happened yet.

  • Want transparency? Participation required

    With its Jan. 21, 2010, ruling on Citizens United vs. Federal Electronics Commission, the United States Supreme Court overturned a longstanding ban on the use of corporate profits to fund political advocacy – a ban spawned decades earlier by bald, wholesale corruption in politics in this country.

    The Court also unequivocally endorsed the value of transparency in elections as the first step to leveling the political playing field for individuals who want to counter corporate spending in elections.

  • Protect your work and value your secrets

    Copyrights and trade secrets can protect two types of intangible assets that can be the basis of business success.

    Copyrights apply to original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works. They can protect blueprints, computer software, jewelry, television ads and performances.

  • Six broken eggs in every dozen

    My subscription to the magazine Home Power has been feeding my dreams of an off-the-grid house that matches my sense of frugality, economy and efficiency. In the recent December/January 2010 issue was a striking article on energy efficiency, or lack thereof, of our national home. A. J. Simon wrote about the work he supports at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, where he and colleagues take a summary look at the energy flow of the nation from the point of generation to the point of consumption.

  • Bank regulators unhinged

    During his State of the Union address, the President assured us his fiscal policies would stimulate bank lending to help businesses expand and create jobs. Obviously, the right hand isn’t talking to the left hand, and if they are, they don’t speak the same language.

    Federal bank regulators, who failed to curb the excesses of the biggest banks, are now punishing the little guys. Your local community bank didn’t engage in the risky behavior that got us into this mess, but it’s now paying the price.