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Today's Opinions

  • Mining needs constant vigilance

    Mining underpins our way of life. Nature may be the champion excavator, if one considers sculpted peaks and canyons. But with man-made mines like the Berkeley pit in Butte, Mont., man gets an “A” for effort. And then too, mines linger on, because they are frequently not adequately cleaned up afterward, even in violation of regulations and statutes.

  • Happy not to be in last place (again)

    New Mexico is so often near the bottom of any national ranking on child well-being, that we find ourselves in the sad position of saying “thank goodness for Mississippi,” or “thank goodness for Louisiana,” because without two impoverished states, we’d more often than not end up in last place.

  • Now is not the time

    The county council’s rejection of the utilities department’s request for a sewer rate hike was the right thing to do.

    In a 4-3 vote Tuesday night the council rejected a proposed ordinance that would have increased local sewer rates. This is not the time to be burdening people with more expenses.

    And it is not like the county is hurting for money, they are pretty much swimming in it right now.

    The increase would have provided some  $300,000 of revenue for maintenance and building cash reserves.

  • We are one community

    The theme of Friday’s event commemorating the 60th anniversary of Los Alamos was one of community.

    This is a theme we can agree with.

    But to be honest, we are not sure why the 60th anniversary celebration is so important. Usually a big anniversary would be the 50th or the 75th and so on.

    And there was a very big splash made in 1999 – the 50th anniversary. That makes more sense to us.

    So why this day and year are being played up we are not sure.

  • Hypocrisy That Knows No Bounds

    Each time I hear the news from our nation’s Capitol, I am reminded of the classic line from the movie “Tombstone.” Whether the clip is about spending or taxes, waterboarding or Gitmo, Government Motors or energy independence, I picture Doc Holliday pinning on the sheriff’s badge, as he quips, “My hypocrisy knows no bounds.”

    Our government leaders’ claims and actions seem extremely distant from one another. Do they think we do not notice?

  • State’s poor graduation numbers

    Fewer than six in 10 students graduated from New Mexico’s high schools in 2006, giving the state a ranking of 48th in the nation, according to a report released by the Associated Press.

    Education Week’s report found New Mexico’s class of 2006 had a graduation rate of 56 percent. The study showed that an average of 73 students drop out each school day.

    The state only ranked ahead of Georgia (55.9 percent), the District of Columbia (48.8 percent) and Nevada (47.3 percent). The national graduation rate was 69.2 percent.

  • U.S. House races take early shape

    SANTA FE – All three of New Mexico’s newly-elected Democratic members of the U.S. House face re-election next year.

    And all three began raising money and getting in close touch with constituents the day they took office.

    Rep. Martin Heinrich’s 1st Congressional District is seeing much action with two possible Republican candidates, a libertarian, an unregistered hopeful and a lawsuit.

  • Caldera: Correction on rim ownership and access

    Dear Editor,

    In his June 7 story, Roger Snodgrass described very well the mood of the panel at the Albuquerque forum concerning public access to the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Unfortunately, in paraphrasing my comments that the caldera rim has truly world-class views, he transposed the owners of sections of the rim.