Today's Opinions

  • More on the Arizona tragedy

    The horrific events of Tucson  are still much in focus as many try to make sense of what happened,
    It seems clear a deranged young man is responsible and he alone.
    But as the attack took place on a (moderate) politician, it is not surprising that, in what was a political act,  many have focused on the toxic rhetoric that pervades our media and political discourse.

  • Gov’s prosecutorial roots surface

    During the recent campaign, New Mexicans heard a great deal from their Republican and Democratic gubernatorial candidates, Susana Martinez and Diane Denish, about the proposals they would submit to the 2011 legislature for dealing with the state’s wickedly unbalanced budget.
    Those proposals, with variations on themes, boiled down to promises neither to hike taxes nor to cut spending on education and Medicaid. Hardly anyone versed in the realities of New Mexico’s budget woes considered the candidates’ budget balancing notions in the least plausible.  

  • New Mexico needs clean economy with new jobs from new industry

    Gov. Susana Martinez thinks polluting our air and water supplies creates jobs. She seems to think that New Mexico’s old-fashioned economy built largely on the oil industry in two corners of the state is just fine as she’s moving to snuff out our emerging high tech economy based on green energy. New Mexico is one of the poorest states in the U.S. and Martinez plans to keep us that way.

  • Bravo LAHS Symphonic Strings for ace All-State performance

    Congratulations to the Los Alamos High School Symphonic Strings and their director Michael Gyurick for their Popejoy performance in Albuquerque at the New Mexico Educators Association All-State Music Conference Jan. 6.
    The group was selected by audition tape as the Conference’s Honor Orchestra for 2011. From the lively opening of Gustav Holst’s “St. Paul’s Suite for String Orchestra,” to the spirited Aaron Copland “Hoe Down,” the students performed with opulent tone and youthful exuberance.

  • Freedom not protected

    Americans take religious liberty for granted. Unfortunately, this most fundamental freedom is not protected in many countries around the world.
    Religious liberty is the proverbial canary in the mine. If a state won’t respect this most basic freedom of conscience, it isn’t likely to respect people’s lives and dignity in any context.
    There is more than enough bad news to fill the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom’s latest annual report. Worst of all were the conditions in 13 “countries of particular concern.”

  • Tucson shootings result of deranged individual

    For 10 years, it was my honor to represent constituents of my legislative district in the New Mexico Legislature. Through those years, we encountered numerous heated debates in the course of a normal day. Not once did any of us from either political party concern ourselves with the possibility of a lunatic firing actual bullets at us.

  • Sad to see Mortillaro go

    I was surprised and saddened by the action taken by the county council on Dec. 15 when they decided to fire County Administrator Tony Mortillaro. As reported in the Los Alamos Monitor, the investigative report showed there was no illegal, unethical or immoral behavior on Tony’s part. Yet, this lame duck council chose to take this drastic action.
    Tony has been an administrator for Los Alamos County for more than six years; he has served as county administrator for one and a half years. He is a qualified, competent, experienced administrator.

  • Seeking woman with unleashed dogs

    I was bit by a “white shepherd-type” dog while running in the canyon behind Walnut Park around 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
    The dog’s owner was a blonde woman who had with her three to four other dogs — all off leash. She attempted to get their attention with a dog whistle, but was unsuccessful. The dog tore my running pants, went through my compression sock and broke my skin. I was in such shock that I didn’t think to get her name and/or address.