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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • County fails to support local businesses

    The Los Alamos County council certainly talks-the-talk when it comes to supporting local businesses, but they and the county departments fail to walk-the-walk. In at least two current situations, Pet Pangaea and KRSN 1490 radio, this lack of support borders on active obstructiveness.

  • Unacceptable power outages for Atomic City

    On the night the big snowstorm hit (Monday night and Tuesday morning last week), the Los Alamos electrical power went out. Our house was cold, and we could not start the heater. Los Alamos had a lot of power outages during 2009. The next day, my wife decided to make some Christmas buns to take to friends. She shaped the buns like snowmen, with raisin eyes, mouth, buttons, etc. After the buns rose to appropriate size, the electric power went off again and stayed off for a long time, so that she could not bake them. The buns continued to increase in size until they were totally distorted.

  • Protect N.M.’s outstanding waters

    Surface water in New Mexico has always been crucial for agriculture, recreation and the ecological health of our rivers. Now, with a growing population and severe depletion of many of the state’s aquifers, surface water is also being developed as the major source for domestic water supplies. Protecting that water from contamination has become more important than ever. How can we help?

  • Caution: Congress at work

    If you’ve ever wondered what members of Congress do to earn their keep, the current health-care debate on Capitol Hill should give you a good idea. This complex legislation, placed on the congressional agenda by President Obama but shaped by the intense give-and-take of the legislative process, is a perfect window into our democracy.

  • The long, slow battle against DWI

    As long as people drive to bars, we’ll have drunks causing accidents.

    Those were the words of a UNM sociology professor I used to work with who was an expert on DWI.

    This year, like every other year in memory, the Legislature will tackle DWI. The governor has proposed some strict new measures to “defeat this problem once and for all.”

    Once and for all. Brave words.

  • Tug of war nags state budget

    SANTA FE — Disagreements between Gov. Bill Richardson and the Legislature are making state budget cutting even more traumatic. Both sides are pushing hard on the limits of their authority to get the upper hand on what will be cut.

    Our state constitution created a weak governor in order not to put too much power in any one person’s hand. But it does give the governor line-item veto authority. Gov. Richardson has been using that power to its fullest extent.