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Today's Opinions

  • A parable of public property

        I’m thinking of building a new house. I own this wonderful lot, but, alas, like many, I always think the “grass is greener” across the street. That lot isn’t mine, but I lust for it even though many folks tell me they think it is inferior to the lot I already own.

  • Out of ZIP health plan

    This letter is intended for Los Alamos National Laboratory retirees and current LANL employees living in Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance or Valencia counties.

    If you are seeing a doctor who belongs exclusively to the Presbyterian Health Group (including Presbyterian Hospital), you should check to see if insurance benefits are available to you under the new LANL healthcare insurance plan provided through Blue Cross Blue Shield New Mexico as you may not be entitled to benefits from BCBSNM.

  • Health care plan falls short

    Last week the Republican Party released its health care reform bill, and it is safe to say that this proposal for health care reform was a failure. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), this plan only covers 3 million additional Americans and would leave more than 50 million uninsured in 2019. And for the people who have insurance, most would only receive a 3 percent decrease in premiums, if any. Finally, the GOP plan does not end the practice of refusing coverage to those with pre-existing conditions and does not stop insurers from denying coverage to those who are sick.

  • Has climate change affected flowers?

    Many recent studies show that formerly southern birds, butterflies, etc., are moving north, and people are able to plant crops farther north. White Rock now is home to a southern desert-dwelling bird, the Curve-Billed Thrasher, and Southern White-Winged Doves have invaded even the town site. All these effects are presumably due to global warming.

  • Understanding the joint lease agreement

      On Oct. 6, the Los Alamos County Council announced that an agreement with the Los Alamos Public School District had been reached regarding lease of structures for the schools’ maintenance facilities at the county-owned Airport Basin Site (north of DeColores Restaurant on N.M. 502) and the lease of school-owned land to the county for future revenue from the redevelopment of the Trinity Site.

  • County's economic development strategy calls for discussion

    When they asked for an updated economic development strategy this week, Los Alamos County Council "opened up a whole box of Pandora's," as former New Mexico Governor Bruce King might have said,

  • A tale of two cities

    As I follow the outrageous rumors and disturbing behavior surrounding health care reform, I am reminded of an earlier health crisis in this country. The outbreak of the AIDS virus in the 1980s created similar behavior among those who listened to the fear-mongers exploiting the crisis to advance their political and ideological agendas.

  • A wise to the word

    Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana. A play on words? A play about words? May I have a word with you about your play? It doesn’t matter if you hear what I say. It only matters if you hear that I said what you may or may not have heard. Understand? No? Good!