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Today's Opinions

  • County Council out of touch with its citizens

    Perhaps you recall the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

  • County council displays good deal of foresight

    At the end of the Winter Solstice, our county council displayed great foresight and saved a significant amount of county tax revenue. They did this with two acts:
    The first was to recognize the law as determined by a New Mexico judge. They did this despite the obvious pain it caused them that they were unable to provide voters with an opportunity to have a clear say on the new municipal building. By obeying the law, they avoided unnecessary court costs and costly delays in the construction of that building.

  • Celebrating 60 years at UNM School of Law

    In June 1950, the first class graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law, its 27 graduates spreading across the state and establishing a tradition of service to New Mexico that remains strong today. Through the next 60 years, UNM law graduates have represented their communities in the state Legislature, ascended to the top levels of the state judiciary and led the state’s most prestigious law firms.

  • Hollywood’s Old West still here

    The Old West of Billy the Kid is still with us. And so is Hollywood’s Old West.
    The governor has been entertaining the idea of a pardon for the Kid since 2003, and the Legislature considered a pardon before that. The descendents of Sheriff Pat Garrett, who killed the kid in 1881, have made their opposition clear.
    In 2001, historian Bob Boze Bell and I took opposing positions on the question in side-by-side newspaper columns. Bell made a case for forgiveness; I argued that Billy was a rustler, horse thief and back shooter, not a misunderstood youth.

  • Recharging the battery

    It’s that time of year once again.
    As a geologist, I’m not thinking of the holiday season when I note this time on the calendar.
    What’s impressed me lately is the clear start of the annual cycle in which we benefit from a recharging of the nation’s water supply.
    In late November, while I was digging my pickup truck out of 14 inches of snow, I had time to meditate on the importance of this time of year.

  • Los Alamos needs to elect a mayor

    For those who are comfortable with the current council manager form of government there is no need to read further. However, for those who can see a better future for Los Alamos lets work to improve things.
    Let’s look at some of the reasons why a mayor would be good for Los Alamos.
    First, there is accountability to the citizens of Los Alamos. One person elected by the people would be the contact to whom one could go to express their concerns, not seven different ones that would have to form a consensus before anything gets done.  

  • Keep on marketing

    Marketing is essential to the growth and success of any business, yet it seems to be the first part of the operating budget that managers slash when revenues dwindle and the economy gets unpredictable. Understanding and appreciating the role of marketing can prevent business owners from making the mistake of viewing this type of outreach as a dispensable luxury.
    Whether you conduct business in a small, rural area or the global market, some principles are universal:

  • Government, like fire, can be tremendously useful