Today's Opinions

  • GOP majority = less government

    A Republican renewal in Congress and in statehouses across the nation changes the political dynamic in favor of more limited government.
    But along with restraining runaway spending and checking bureaucratic expansion, there is a real chance to shift the balance of power in education policy from Washington, D.C. back to the states where it belongs
    At least four-dozen new Republicans will enter the House of Representatives and five new Republican senators will take office with a mandate not merely to slow or contain the expansion of federal power, but to roll it back.

  • Vets keep health centers

    On Wednesday you published an AP story, which implied that nine clinics currently serving veterans throughout Northern New Mexico will be closing. This is incorrect.
    The 13 community health centers presently contracting with the Veteran’s Administration offer a wide variety of services unrelated to that contract.

  • Tax preparers must act soon on ID numbers

    The Internal Revenue Service recently launched an unprecedented effort to provide some oversight over the tax preparation industry. Most tax preparers are dedicated to quality tax return preparation and are committed to quality service for their clients. But the actions of a few preparers can cause lots of problems – for their clients, for preparers who follow the rules and for the IRS.
    Here’s what we’re doing:

  • Halt to sex education is no deterrent to teen sex

    My friend Roland Jalbert seems to believe that sex education is responsible for teens having sex.  
    This implies that not offering sex education will cause teens to stop having sex.  
    I don’t believe it.  
    How many other people believe it?
    Alan Hack
    Los Alamos

  • Prime example of theatrical outrage and hatred

    The letter equating Planned Parenthood’s agenda to ethnic cleansing is another example of the overblown-promotion-of-outrage-and-hatred that is destroying American civility and has been for most of my adult life.  
    I’m confident readers who want accurate information regarding Planned Parenthood’s agenda, funding and programs for reproductive health can find their Web site and read.  

  • Same story, second verse

    Are New Mexicans about to get the same story: second verse? During Susana Martinez’s year-long quest for the governor’s office, no one talked publicly about the possibility of her being the GOP vice-presidential nominee two years hence.
    Late in the primary campaign, it became very obvious that state and national GOP leaders had pegged her as their favorite.
    Those of us not in the party structure were very surprised to see her crush four other candidates badly at the Republican pre-primary nominating convention in March.

  • Building a more sustainable town

  • Planned parenthood is glaring exception

    Last week I read with interest the story about the Con Alma Foundation, particularly with regard to recipients of the foundation grants. Most of the ones mentioned seem worthy enough and apparently did meet the nonprofit criterion, presumably one of the requirements for the grants. However, there was one glaring exception: a grant of $20,000 to Planned Parenthood.