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Today's Opinions

  • Buddy, can you spare a watt

    We’ve all got a lot to learn about energy and climate.

    That’s the take home capsule I got from Los Alamos National Laboratory’s recent conference in Santa Fe on Energy for the 21st Century.

    It was a fascinating event, as much for what it was as for what it was not. That’s why I’m still thinking about it.

  • How did it come to this?

    We have to admit, we were a bit confused – and surprised – by the filings notices of tort claims by the Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration and Los Alamos National Laboratory against Los Alamos County.

    Why has this not been resolved already? What is the motive here?

    The notices pertain to a Feb. 21 incident that reportedly occurred while the Los Alamos Fire Department was conducting training at a LANL parking structure.

  • A no lose position

    Gov. Richardson and Sen. Jeff Bingaman made a joint appearance this week to push the idea of a dental school for the state.

    That seems uncontroversial enough.

    They announded that New Mexico has a shortage of dentists and state officials plan to study whether it’s feasible to establish a dental school to provide more dental care professionals.

    Sounds good.

    The men said that the study will look at the costs of establishing and operating a dental school as well as where it should be located.

  • We, too, desire peace in the Middle East

    Dear Editor,

    In his letter of May 14, Richard Foster implies that Israel’s occupation of the West Bank is the principle cause of armed conflict in the Middle East, and that our nation’s support of Israel is evidence that we, too, do not desire peace in that region.

  • When the horn blows

    Dear Editor,

    What is with these people that blow their horns in a parking lot when nobody is in the vehicle?

    Don’t they realize it is not only unnecessary but rude and annoying?

    Don’t we have enough noise in our lives without people blowing their horns just to lock their doors?

    Why can’t they be considerate enough to look in their vehicle owners manual and learn how to turn that irritating horn feature off?

  • The blessings of cancer

    No I haven’t been drinking!

    Trust me, the great Lance Armstrong said it in his book, “It’s Not About the Bike.” Cancer survivors are the lucky ones, because dying from cancer sucks, right?

    Hang on, there must be more to it than that.

  • Outfoxing the competition begins with detective work

    By Betsy Gillette, director of market research and planning, Technology Ventures Corporation

    Intelligence gathering isn’t just for international spies and private detectives. It’s also a way to identify one’s business rivals and compile information about them in order to gain a competitive advantage.

  • Secret codes all around us

    By Dr. E. Kirsten Peters

     

    One of the better phases of childhood, it has always seemed to me, is playing with codes and secret messages. You may remember a summer’s afternoon with “invisible ink” made from lemon juice. Perhaps your playmates devised code games for writing based on substituting numbers for letters, or you spent a day slowly beating out an important message in Morse code for the neighborhood kids to hear.