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Today's Opinions

  • A day of fun, learning

    Dear Editor,

    New Mexico youth who will be junior and senior high-schoolers this fall are invited to register for and participate in the Next Big Idea STEM Student Day on Friday, July 17, in Los Alamos from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The all-day event is being organized by Los Alamos MainStreet in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Innovate-Educate New Mexico.

  • Art Center a good place

    Dear Editor,

    I would like to compliment Carol Clark on her objective reporting on the Art Center at Fuller Lodge board and the resignation of the chairman. As a board member, I feel I need to respond to several quotes taken from her articles. 

    I became a board member last year to serve an organization that I have been involved with, and believed in, for half of my life. I joined in order to help promote the Art Center and its mission. Although I have learned much this year, the experience has not been enjoyable.

  • Hiring trends in new economy

    Recruiting top-drawer employees does’t stop just because hiring slows or freezes.

    The recession, however bad, isn’t permanent, and forward-looking executives realize that the most ambitious and productive workers – the ones they hope to attract – remain alert to opportunities from companies that market themselves vigorously and confidently no matter what the economic climate.

    The following are some trends that will affect hiring as the economy rebounds:

  • The other war in pakistan

    Defeating the Taliban and al-Qaida is only one part of the struggle to build peace in Pakistan. Humanitarian aid for over two million people who have been displaced by the fighting is equally critical to building stability in the troubled country.

    Pakistan’s prime minister says the militants will be defeated, but public support will be lost if the refugees suffer. What’s at stake is not just a battle for territory, but an effort to win Pakistanis over to the side of the United States and away from the Taliban and al-Qaida.

  • Mr. Jefferson and the Ice Age zoo

    Thomas Jefferson had so many serious interests and accomplishments that’s it’s difficult to name even half of them. Besides helping to found a nation, he analyzed the gospels, started a university, promoted fine dining and bought half our continent from the French.

    He also squeezed in a few hours now and then to theorize about the origin of some peculiar bones dug out of the earth. (That bit of work made him a cousin to all of us geologists – or so I like to think.)

  • Of pens and swords

     

     

    By JAY MILLER

    Syndicated Columnist

    SANTA FE -- The pen is mightier than the sword. The adage has been used for decades, especially by journalists. It makes us feel good. But does anyone believe it? Certainly today's warmongers don't.

    Evidently President Barack Obama doesn't, either. Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy have been told to leave their swords at home for graduation ceremonies at which Obama will speak. But cell phones and texting will be allowed.

  • FRIED LIGHT: The tale of the tape

    FRIED LIGHT: The tale of the tape

    I recently finished listening to a 48-tape history of the Roman Republic and Empire.

    Since I spend a good part of my day reading news and documents, non-fiction for some reason is harder for me to read as a recreational pursuit, unless I become obsessed with a whole subject for a time, in which case I dive into several books at once.

    When the recession/depression struck, I was inexplicably compelled to read about the Renaissance, maybe because subconsciously I was trying to get a tip on a happy ending.

  • The end of reason

    Friday night at the ski hill was another in the series of summer concerts put on by the county and various businesses in the community.

    People gather to relax, meet with friends and listen to some great music. Friday night was no different.

    The night air at Pajarito was cool and crisp and the music rocking.  All was well.

    Until the state police decided to make an appearance and clearly demonstrate that we have lost our collective minds.