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Today's Opinions

  • Urgent call to support education

      Why are education and other state services being cut. What is the problem? When the New Mexico Legislature passed $1 billion in tax cuts for corporations and the rich in 2003, this created a budget deficit which lawmakers balanced with increased tax revenues from higher oil and gas prices. After the energy prices dropped, the deficit reappeared. But the 2009 State Legislature refused to repeal the $1 billion in tax cuts for corporations and the rich in order to balance the deficit.

  • Pete Rose was born too early

      In Connecticut, possession of illegal drugs is a one-year jail term for first offense violators. Most states will lock you up for possession of a single marijuana joint. A gram of cocaine can result in a seven-year prison sentence in New Hampshire. You can get 30 days in jail just for selling a cigarette to a minor.

  • Tax deduction deal for new vehicles bought this year

    The “Cash for Clunkers” program for new cars may have ended, but the Internal Revenue Service wants to remind taxpayers that many people might overlook another special break available. If you buy a new vehicle this year, there’s a special federal tax deduction available that can help you save money — in some cases, hundreds of dollars. This tax break will allow people who buy a new vehicle in 2009 to deduct the sales and excise taxes they pay when they file their tax return next year.

  • Correcting claims of health care ad

    I just saw a television ad sponsored by the U.S. Citizens Association about health care reform. I am all for airing a particular point of view, but I strongly oppose outright misrepresentations. The entire ad focuses on socialized medicine. Under socialized medicine, the government owns health care facilities and employs all health care professionals. There is no insurance. There is just health care for little or no payment. It is tax supported.

  • That darn cat

      The cat is killing me. I’ve had my ‘Tommy,’ as I call him, for about 3 years now and the darn thing is driving me crazy. Tommy used to be quiet, and kept a distance most of the time, but for the past 18 months he’s been driving me up the wall. I know some people love ’um, give them a feeling of contentment, but I just can’t jump up and down about mine, even when the darn thing is being good.

  • Education cuts will leave permanent scars

    Gov. Bill Richardson has it right. He continues to speak out for holding public schools harmless in a special session of the legislature and he has been consistent and firm in that commitment.

  • We can learn from birds on the wing

    Close your eyes and imagine you are in a huge football field. It is completely dark and all you can see are the stars in the firmament. It is a life challenge: you must run toward the other extreme of the field as fast as you can in order to survive.

    Now, imagine you are at the same place, but this time the field is filled with obstacles. Your challenge is the same — how fast can you run? Will you make it to the other extreme without deadly collision?

  • Silent majority urged to speak up

    It is my observation from discussing the location of the county’s proposed Municipal Building with friends as well as strangers that the “silent majority” of Los Alamos residents would like the new structure to be on the original site by Ashley Pond.