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Today's Opinions

  • Why stay in Afghanistan?

    The so-called experts give various fallacious arguments for increasing our military presence in Afghanistan, as follows:

    Win the war against al Qaeda. This makes no sense because the al Qaeda left Afghanistan long ago, and they are quite happy in Morocco, Indonesia, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, etc.

    Liberate the people from the Taliban. But the Taliban are mostly from the Pashtun ethnic group who want to restore their rule in Afghanistan. The Pashtun make up nearly half the population so we are effectively fighting the Afghan people.

  • Enrolling without a full roster

    Regarding the discussion over the change at the lab from United Health Care to Blue Cross Blue Shield NM and the lack of information about it, I have the following observations.

  • How do we determine how big is best?

    The environment, which is everything on earth, constantly struggles to find the right size for a system.

    Sizes that get tried out alternate between being larger and smaller than today’s models.

    A set of parts that must work together as conditions change. Examples of a system are a live animal, a corporation, an agency, a city and a fuel supply chain.

    Nature evolved dinosaurs. The pterosaur, a flying relative of dinosaurs, had a wingspan of 18 meters (60 ft.). By contrast, the wingspan of the World War II British Spitfire aircraft was a mere 11 meters.

  • Vivid mix of politics and investments explode

      State Investment Officer Gary Bland is the latest fall guy in the unraveling cloak of connections and contracts. It wasn’t exactly a surprise.

      The surprise is that Bland lasted this long.

  • Facts on finances at UNM-LA

    University of New Mexico Los Alamos Campus is fiscally autonomous from the UNM-Albuquerque campus. Our fiscal relationship is clearly defined in the following statement: “Under the Operating Agreement between the Board of Regents of the University of New Mexico and the Advisory Board of the University of New Mexico-Los Alamos Campus, no funds of the Albuquerque Campus or any other UNM branch shall be allocated for the support of the Los Alamos Campus.”

  • The Hollow day full of fun

    I love Halloween and love handing out candy to children. The costumes, the excitement, it’s all part of the ambiance of Halloween.

  • Nonprofits pay off for New Mexico

    Nonprofits pay off for New Mexico  By Ona Porter  Following the close of the 2008 legislative session and in preparation for a special legislative session on health care, New Mexico Youth Organized (NMYO) and Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP) distributed mailers to the constituents of six legislators. The mailers informed constituents about how their legislators were voting on critical issues and provided information about the source of contributions their legislators were receiving from special interests.

  • Inside plants: It’s a small world after all

    I don’t think about the world from the point of view of plants very often. I mostly consider our friends in the plant kingdom as the stationary green stuff around me when I’m outdoors and possibly the makings of salad in the summers. 

    But plants are also teaching me a thing or two as I grow older. I’ve taken to planting trees in middle age, I guess because of the emotional connection between trees and spans of time that are beyond those of a human lifetime. Nothing quite satisfies me as much as planting a hardwood.