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Today's Opinions

  • Keep it simple, stupid

    At every level, we humans have a natural drive to understand the world around us. We try to understand people and the economy (with little success), and we try to understand the natural world around us (with more and more success over time).

  • Valles Caldera Trust eyes 10-year plan

    You should have already received an email to let you know the Valles Caldera Trust is proposing a 10-year plan to restore and manage the forest, grassland, shrubland, and riparian systems of the Valles Caldera National Preserve.

  • Mammograms save lives

    I have practiced oncology and hematology in Los Alamos for two years alongside Dr. Peter Lindberg.

    Dr. Lindberg works on Tuesdays and cares for patients with prostate cancer. I take care of people with all other cancers and blood disorders all the other days of the week.

    My practice is diverse, ranging from providing care for people with anemia to those with multiple myeloma, breast cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer, malignant brain tumors and many other diseases. They are from all walks of life.

  • Relay for life says thanks to Los Alamos

    We are closing out our 2010 Relay For Life and I want to send a very big thank you to the community of Los Alamos.  

    We raised approximately $36,000 during our fundraising efforts this year for the American Cancer Society.  

    I want to thank the many relay teams that braved the rain to walk 18 hours around the pond.  

    The walking wasn’t always easy, but the dedication and honor shown toward those who are fighting cancer and those we have lost was profound.  

    The business community was enormously generous this year.  

  • What gets measured

    By the sheerest coincidence, I have just read two books that turned out to share a theme: the power of statistics. “Moneyball,” by Michael Lewis, is about major league baseball.  

    “Mountains Beyond Mountains,” by Tracy Kidder, is about the physician Paul Farmer, who revolutionized medical care in rural parts of Haiti and other remote places.

    Both books describe revolutions in the practice of a discipline because of a revolution in what gets measured and somebody’s bull-headed insistence that it is critical to measure the right things.

  • Raising Fearizona

    Greek playwright Aeschylus is recognized as the father of tragedy.  He once noted: “He who learns must suffer.  And even in our sleep pain, which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, until in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.”  

    Oh yeah, clearly this guy wasn’t big on comedy.  He did however recognize that true understanding is often super-glued to a swift kick in the head.  Who wants wisdom if you have to listen to that darn dripping noise of common reason all night long?

  • Government intrusion sprinkles into NM homes

    What do Scottsdale, Ariz., and Chapel Hill, N.C., have in common?

    If you said, “rich people,” you get partial credit.

    But the answer we’re looking for today is: Both require that homes in their communities be built with fire sprinklers in their ceilings.

    Fire sprinklers. Like the one’s Bruce Willis used to save the giant building in the first “Die Hard” movie.

    The do-dahs countless kids, one suspects, have tried to turn on with a lighter.  

    Or perhaps that’s an urban myth.

  • What’s up with Airport Basin Site name change?

    The County Council decided to change the name of the Airport Basin Site?

    Why?

    What was so bad about the name “Airport Basin Site” that it had to be changed?

    Who determined that it needed to be changed?

    Who approved the idea?

    If the name “Airport Basin Site” was so bad that it needed changing, why was it named that in the first place?

    How does the person that named the Airport Basin Site in the first place feel about being told the name wasn’t any good?

    How much is it going to cost to make the change?