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Today's Opinions

  • Discussing health care in a normal voice

    Civil discussions of healthcare reform are possible. I heard one just last week when three panelists took up the subject before a business group.

    Jim Hinton, CEO of Presbyterian Healthcare Services, set the tone: “There are no villains in this debate.”

    Daniel Derksen, a professor in UNM’s Family and Community Medicine Department and president of the New Mexico Medical Society, said healthcare reform is too important to be a partisan debate.

  • Congress isn't designed to top the polls

    At this very minute, hundreds of men and women, working for scores of pollsters, are on the phone pressing whomever is at the other end of the line to reveal his or her opinions about heaven knows what.

    Almost everyone has received calls of this sort, and many of us hang up when we realize what they’re about.

    Granted, polls can be informative, but the questions they pursue are often as predictable as they are banal.

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  • Don't let it happen to you

    September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month and this is deadly serious – no pun intended. We all have a responsibility to turn this disease from the “Silent Killer” that it is, into a “Known Threat.”

    Do you think that ovarian cancer only strikes women older than 60? Especially those who are childless? So did I three years ago. But the fact remains that while the median age for this disease is 63, some 32 percentof women younger than 55, many pre-menopausal, will succumb to the disease.

  • A fluther of jellyfish

    Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Super ... oh, umm, never mind.

    It’s just a murmuration of starlings! Or maybe it’s an exaltation of larks? It could be a convocation of eagles.

    I’m fairly well versed in superherology, but I was never very good at ornithology.

    A venue of vultures? A mustering of storks? An ostentation of peacocks?  So what’s with all the strange names?

  • Letter: Cost of war is breaking us

    Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger recently said that the U. S. is in Iraq for oil, and he would like to see our leaders stand up and admit it.  Evidently, we are also in Iraq to spend money.

  • Letter: Let's drink healthy water

    Los Alamos has at least one set of conflicting goals: water conservation and reducing the level of dissolved metals in the water its denizens consume. Many of the town’s aging water pipes are lined with lead and other metals, which may leach into the water. We are told by very reputable sources to run the water for three to five minutes in the morning, to allow the lead and dissolved metals to wash out of the pipes, before drinking the water.

  • Letter: Students should have heard the president's speech

    This is in reference to the Monitor story of Sept. 11 about the president’s speech.

    One of the finest school systems in the country in one of the leading scientific communities found it impossible for its students to join the rest of the nation’s schoolchildren in listening to President Obama’s back-to-school address. Amazing!