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Today's Opinions

  • Real compromise requires an attitude adjustment

    So we end the year with a climate “accord” nobody likes. And health care reform limped out of Congress with critics baying on all sides. When the Legislature convenes to contend with the state’s red ink, we’ll probably see more controversial compromises, just as we did in the special session.

    Which makes me think we don’t know how to compromise anymore. I’m not sure we even know what a compromise is.

    I’ve seen the process in two settings – as a mediator and as an observer at New Mexico First’s Town Hall Meetings.

  • 2009: What a strange year

    With the advent of each new year, we can’t help but reminisce about the good times we had over the past twelve months. Buying your first house. Picking out that new expensive carpet. Bringing home a puppy for your kids. Buying a new carpet after the puppy ruined the carpet in your new house. Yeah, you can’t help but smile as you look back.

    Perhaps the best way to say au revoir (or Good Riddance) to 2009 is to recall some of the highlights that entertained the nation.

  • Check your voter registration now

    The Los Alamos Governmental Review Initiative would like to share information vital to the citizens of our community.  In the process of our successful petition drive to put to vote two amendments to the County Charter, we discovered that approximately 8 percent of those citizens who believe they are registered to vote in our county might not receive their mail-out ballots.  

    Anyone in Los Alamos who has moved or had a name changed should contact the county clerk’s office immediately to update their voter registration.  

  • Climate change is liberal hot air

    As the Copenhagen Climate Change summit approached last week, articles appeared in liberal venues world-wide proclaiming the pending consensus on climate change, formerly known as global warming, formerly known as the coming new Ice Age.  Yes, I can remember when President Obama’s science czar, John Holdren, was predicting a coming Ice Age in 1971 “Global ecology: readings toward a rational strategy for man, edited by John P. Holdren, Paul R.

  • Population, nonsense and success in Cloudcroft

    With the year-end cold comes hot news about population and various nonsense.

    The population news is that New Mexico crossed the 2 million mark in 2009 for an estimated population of 2,009,671 as of July 1, 2009. That’s a 22,908 person increase, or 1.2 percent. Population growth has slowed since 2005 and 2006. For that one year, the increase was 1.36 percent, or 26,070.

  • Senators kept focus during health reform shenanigans

    One of the ways the constitutional framers arranged to limit the influence they feared “We the People” might wield in the chambers of our national government was to have members of the U.S. Senate appointed by the legislatures of the (then) 13 states.

    That arrangement prevailed until the 17th Amendment to the Constitution in 1913, which provides for the election of senators by voters of their states. It was an attempt to democratize an inherently undemocratic institution wherein each state, irrespective of population, is guaranteed two senators.

  • Thanks to Santa Claus

    Dear Santa,

    Thank you for all your generosity to millions of people across the United States, not only to the children but the adults who find the magic in Christmas, and for those who also give anonymously in your name to people they will never know.

    In 1948, I lived in the mountains of Colorado, five miles from Golden.  The snow was deep, and the creek was almost frozen over.  My dad had been sick and was unemployed. 

  • Good work at vaccine clinic

    We took our three children to the recent H1N1 vaccine clinic in White Rock and were very impressed by the efficiency and speed with which we were treated. Thanks so much to all of the people who helped make this event run so smoothly.

    Steve and April Nolen

    White Rock