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Today's Opinions

  • Be kind to snakes

    Dear Editor,

    A few days ago, a lady called me to ask how to get a bullsnake out of some bird netting. When she called back to let me know that the snake was freed, she also told me that if she hadn’t gotten the snake out when she did, it would have strangled to death in the netting. It is a slow and tortuous death. The plastic fibers dig into the snake’s flesh and slowly strangle it. Once a snake is in this netting, it cannot get out.

    The more it struggles, the more it entangles itself and death is the ultimate result.

  • The state under ticket

    By JAY MILLER

    Syndicated Columnist

    SANTA FE -- Except for the land commissioner contest, all of New Mexico's down-ballot statewide races have incumbents seeking office again.

    Secretary of State Mary Herrera, Attorney General Gary King, Treasurer James Lewis, and auditor Hector Balderas all are in their first term of office and eligible to seek a second four-year term.

  • Medical Minute: Some facts on superbugs

    Patients often approach their physicians with questions spurred by something they’ve seen on TV or read in a newspaper.

    Recently, a member of LAMC’s medical staff received this question from a patient: “What is LAMC doing about ‘superbugs’?”

     What are superbugs?

    Even in a state of health, the body houses many germs. Germs such as bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites can enter the body through tubes, needles, open skin, eyes, nose and mouth.  

  • What’s in your back yard?

    We’ve all heard the phrases “Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY)” and “Think Globally, Act Locally.”

     

    But have you ever considered how the phrases might apply to you?  Let’s take NIMBY, for example.   

     

    None of us would want a junk yard, pig farm, or coal-fired power plant in our backyard. But how do you define backyard?  

     

  • Art Center members vote

  • Prosecute war crimes

  • Almost becoming a tragic figure

    Thursday in  Rio Rancho it was just like a campaign rally of old. Cheers echoed inside the high school’s gymnasium as President Obama held a town hall meeting.

    While we might wish that his presidency had a little less of the campaign style and more of a presidential flavor to it, it is what it is.

    But there was one thing that was different from the campaign – where was the governor?

    During Obama’s campaign stops, Gov. Richardson was right there, front and center. He was the ringmaster, leading the charge.

  • A powerful statement

    In the world of today, money is tight. The only ones who seem to have money is the federal government - and they are borrowing to the hilt.

    But state government is strapped, as is Los Alamos Schools.

    In an effort to help the situation here, Ellen Mills, president of the Los Alamos Federation of School Employees, told the school board that the union argeed to take a pay cut.

    This action should not be just brushed away without notice, it is an extraordinary event that deserves notice and praise.