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Today's Opinions

  • Just a wag 2-18-11

    Under reservoir

    Word on the street says that the Army Corps of Engineers has discovered a wetland in the bottom of the Los Alamos Reservoir. 

    Now the wetland must be created elsewhere. 

  • Joe Sixpacks scarce around here

    Dear Mr. Todd:  You haven’t lived here very long have you? I take this tack rather than accuse you of not being very observant — of the relatively small population of “Joe Sixpacks” here as opposed to the overwhelmingly large number of hyperanalytic citizens.
    “The ardor for analysis” that you deride pervades “every nook and cranny” of our county government as an accurate and democratic reflection of the main character of our citizenry.

  • More money, less result

    During her campaign, Gov. Susana Martinez said that she would not cut education. Based on revised budget numbers that were released immediately after she was elected, that went out the window. Now, Martinez is proposing very modest cuts of 1.5 percent for K-12.

  • Let the good times roll

    We’re out of the woods. We’re out of the dark. We’re into the light.
    Nope, we’re not in Kansas anymore. However, there is a Wizard of Oz-like feel to remarks made by Mark C. Snead, an energy economist from the Denver office of our Federal Reserve Bank.
    Speaking to the CFA Society of New Mexico, Snead reportedly said New Mexico and other oil and gas producing states were on the verge of good times.  

  • Perhaps U.S. is lagging

    The pubic is bombarded with news reports saying that young people in the U.S. aren’t learning enough about science, especially compared to kids in Asia.
    I’m not sure that’s true, because I work at a large university where I see very able American students starting to excel in their scientific careers, and I hear back from them as they flourish in later years.   
    But perhaps we really are falling behind. After all, everyone says so.
    How would we start to investigate that possibility?

  • Tax considerations for the self-employed

    Self-employment has its appeal, especially when businesses aren’t creating jobs fast enough for the nation’s unemployed.

  • Review is dismal flop

    Oh, dear. Sunset review is back again – another great idea that may not work so well in New Mexico.
    Sunset review is legislative code language for kicking the can down the road.      If it worked, we would not today have the proliferation of boards and commissions that some folks consider irrelevant and excessive. They would have been sunsetted — that is, closed — in prior legislative sessions.

  • Leadership by committee is a fatally flawed concept

    It must just go with the territory. Los Alamos is home to some of the most complex and exciting scientific discoveries the world has ever known. That complexity and innate desire to study things without question extends to county government.