Today's Opinions

  • Government, like fire, can be tremendously useful

  • Size does matter when talking about departments

    The New Mexico Economic Development Department employs fewer than 100 people and has a pretty simple business model: promote economic development.

  • Make sure behavior keeps you cyber secure

    When Ben Franklin famously wrote, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” I’m pretty sure he wasn’t warning his readers about the perils of cyber crime. But in today’s world of phishing, shoulder-surfing and computer spyware, his advice hits home.
    It’s a sad reality that some people will rip you off if you give them an opportunity. Just as you take safety precautions when handling cash, so should you be vigilant when using credit or debit payment cards for purchases, whether the transaction is in person on online.

  • Richardson mulls gentleman rancher role

    “I want to remain in New Mexico and become a gentleman rancher.” That is Gov. Bill Richardson’s latest life-after-governor pronouncement.
    It occurred recently as part of remarks the governor made thanking the Governor’s Mansion Foundation for its efforts in furnishing the public areas of our governor’s mansion.
    First Lady Barbara Richardson also expressed thanks  and ended her remarks saying the couple plans to remain our neighbors, perhaps within a few blocks of the mansion.

  • A billion here, a billion there

    When discussing the difficulty of defining pornography, Potter  Stewart, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, said, “I know it  when I see it.”  
    Pornography comes in all forms these days and we  are graced with its ubiquitous presence on television, the internet  and in lyrics of hit songs.  But is it really all that easy to  recognize?

  • Cancer survivor’s Christmas

    Yes it’s that time of year again. It’s the holidays and ‘tis the season to be stressed! Crowded malls, last minute shopping, endless lines, 200 cards to write….what? You mean it’s only me who does that? Bummer! No wonder I never get many back.
    For the average person, there’s enough stress. Add cancer, or illness, into the equation and this season can be the Everest of anxiety.

  • Los Alamos firefighters pay a kindness forward

    I received a $100 Smith’s gift card from a local citizen as a thank you for what we do for the community. It was decided to give the gift to someone who needed it more than we do.
    I received many great ideas from several personnel and one of them was to give it to the young lady who was hit on I-25 while on her way home from working at Rocky Mountain EMS.
    Not only is she an EMT, she  is also a Santa Fe County volunteer firefighter and therefore one of us.
    Apparently she has multiple broken bones and a long rehab ahead of her.

  • Tread carefully on film incentives

    A new study argues that New Mexico and 42 other states are wasting their money on film incentives.  
    “In the harsh light of reality, film subsidies offer little bang for the buck,” writes Robert Tannenwald, of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
    I give the study a thumbs-down for its biases and mistaken assumptions, but it’s another reminder that the incentive program isn’t well understood.