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Today's Opinions

  • Better than can

    If you are ever cut off from supermarkets and electricity due to a natural disaster (or because like some of us idiots you choose to go camping), you will be especially interested in this news. And even if your only interest in daily life is eating well, read on for the glad tidings that’s coming about how we will soon better process and store food in this country.

    For about 200 years we’ve canned food in much the same way, putting it in cans (hence the name) and heating it under pressure for long periods.

  • Ru there? K cu l8r!

    Technology is defined as “the practical application of knowledge.” Well, that’s the definition anyway. Practical? Perhaps. Knowledge? It’s getting harder to tell. Be afraid. Be very afraid. Technology is practically ebbing into the crevasses of society and filling them with tar of obfuscation.

  • Litter is art

    This morning, the wind blew a large plastic bag across the sidewalk. It fluttered like a butterfly in front of me and my dogs and then skittered away. Last summer I would have grabbed it, but 2010 has brought new insights.

  • Expect more delays on Diamond

    This is in response to a Monitor story “Diamond Drive, Take Four,” on March 4.

  • Do no harm is a general concept

    The fundamental rule of the medical profession given to students early in their career is to “do no harm.”

    This general concept can be applied to different areas and different issues. Today we apply it to the perceived problem of Earth’s climate.

  • You’ve seen it all before

    NAPILI BAY, MAUI — What’s happening in New Mexico? I leave it with one regular session of the Legislature expired but not finished. Two weeks later I hear you finished after a false start but didn’t get much of anything accomplished.

    You kicked the can down the road, as they say. You passed some minor cuts and some minor tax increases. But those cuts and tax increases may not be real. Gov. Bill Richardson may veto them or ignore them. So we don’t know if they’ve really happened yet.

  • Want transparency? Participation required

    With its Jan. 21, 2010, ruling on Citizens United vs. Federal Electronics Commission, the United States Supreme Court overturned a longstanding ban on the use of corporate profits to fund political advocacy – a ban spawned decades earlier by bald, wholesale corruption in politics in this country.

    The Court also unequivocally endorsed the value of transparency in elections as the first step to leveling the political playing field for individuals who want to counter corporate spending in elections.

  • Protect your work and value your secrets

    Copyrights and trade secrets can protect two types of intangible assets that can be the basis of business success.

    Copyrights apply to original literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works. They can protect blueprints, computer software, jewelry, television ads and performances.