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Today's Opinions

  • State budget ripples through economies and communities

    We complain that they aren’t competent. But now we have reason to worry that there aren’t enough of them.
    Government employees, that is ­— specifically, the front-line regulators who are charged with keeping us safe and keeping our institutions honest. This is an effect of the looming cuts in the state budget.

  • Co-op market earns kudos

    I would like to express my thanks to the audacious individuals who have made it possible to buy bulk food, unique organic produce, and local meat in town any day or night of the week! You deserve to be applauded for having the guts, will and foresight to bring this modern, healthy alternative here.
    I sincerely hope we embrace new community opportunities like this and in the future ask ourselves why it took so long to do so.

  • Research altered votes

    John Pawlak has gone over the edge. Without participating in the process, he has called the volunteers who make up the transportation board stupid.
    I throw his statement back at him; stupid is as stupid does.
    When I was on the Transportation Board, we started 7-0 against roundabouts. After studying the engineering, reviewing simulations, reviewing the experience of other communities, reviewing the safety statistics and meeting with representatives of the community, we changed our minds, and voted 6-1 in favor of roundabouts.

  • Trinity needs taming

    There is no doubt about it: Trinity Drive is a most unattractive and dangerous major thoroughfare. It is an intimidating barrier for pedestrians to cross and a racecourse for bicyclists to avoid. I, too, would like to see it tamed and made more inviting.

  • Geography can be unfair

    Recently I had an opportunity to visit with a gentleman from Catron County. The topic was what is happening in his part of the world.
    “Some ranching,” my informant said. The saw mills are gone, thanks to the spotted owl and the environmentalists.
    Subdivisions are the other development, he said. Some attract older people. Subdivisions are fine, he said, but he wonders about an older person building a Catron County home. Health care availability is modest, a problem he knows well, being equipped with a small oxygen tank.

  • U.S. less prepared for quake

    Geology has surely been in the news lately, with the price of petroleum moving relentlessly upward, a threat to global economic recovery because oil is so central to industrial society the world around.
    But now matters are suddenly worse.

  • Snarling in politics

    Why are so many high profile politicos so ill-tempered these days? Is it in the job description: Politico, be unpleasant? Whatever the case, you encounter this snapping and sniping wherever you turn.
    In New Mexico, Gov. Susana Martinez routinely bristles at the slightest hint of criticism.
    In a recent op-ed piece, Martinez’s predecessor, Bill Richardson, suggested that the nation’s governors, Martinez included, might want to think twice before abandoning tax incentives for movie production in their states.

  • A roundabout approach to stupid

    The dim light in the morning made it difficult for me to see her at first, but as it turned out, it wasn’t the light that was dim.  
    She was walking down the side of the road, with the traffic.  She could have used the sidewalk, but I suppose she figured the baby carriage she was pushing would help cushion the blow in the event a car happened to hit her.