Today's Opinions

  • War declared on labor unions

    Widows and orphans begging on the streets. Workers living in shabby company housing and owing more than their meager wages to company stores.
    Families freezing and starving in tenements. Workplace accidents killing thousands.
    Women dying in childbirth or from back alley abortions. The effluvia of mining, manufacturing and power generation carelessly dumped in rivers and forests and spewed into the air we breathe.
    These are the “good old days” to which many state and federal lawmakers and executives would have us return.

  • Parents can easily detect marijuana use inside cars

    The Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council would like to alert parents to some disturbing results from the latest PRIDE survey of Risk and Protective Factors for our students in grades 7 to 12.  
    The survey was funded by the planning council to help us assess the risk and protective factors that predict problem behaviors such as alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, poor school achievement and delinquency in the lives of young people.

  • Book demand is only partially predictable

    Inventory management is always the trickiest challenge for any business. You want to have enough of an item on hand to meet the demand, but you don’t want to have more on hand that is needed to meet the demand.  The problem is that demand is only partially predictable; you can, after some time, get a good sense of average demand and seasonal demand, but there will be times when there are unusual spikes and there you are with a customer wanting something you normally carry but you are out of stock. The only solution is to order the extra required to fill the spike.

  • This town needs a strong mayor

    So, the Charter Review Committee has deemed that the county and a strong mayor type government are not a good fit. We are after all a city/county government. What is wrong with having a strong mayor where there is a true separation of powers?
    What is wrong with having a mayor who makes decisions without having to pass everything before a seven-person council?
    If, as the Charter Review Committee deems, we might have a weak mayor, which would appear to look like a council with eight members.

  • This ain't no scam sister

    Consultants to the Public Education Department have been in the news the past few weeks.
    Use of the consultants has been called everything from a waste of money to insulting to a scam, the latter epithet coming from an Albuquerque Journal columnist.
    Before addressing the charges, consider public education in New Mexico. In general, we spend more money and get less than nearly every state.
    According to the National Education Association, during 2009 we spent $10,999 for each student in our public K-12 schools.

  • Much of corridor broken

    I would like to provide some corrections and clarifications to comments that are being made by opponents of the proposed changes to NM502/Trinity Drive, as it seems to me that the opponents have not followed the public information sessions nor are they providing correct commentary on many aspects of the design or reasons for change.

  • Accessing federal funds

    The next-best thing to free money is available through two federal programs for small businesses involved in technology and innovation.
    The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program – the larger of the two – grants money to small and startup businesses to develop products, technology or services that solve pressing problems in agriculture, defense, education, energy, transportation, the environment, space exploration, health and other areas.

  • Pull plug on water bill, appoint state engineer

    Water hasn’t gotten much legislative attention this year. Maybe that’s why one bill with far reaching consequences has passed its first committee.
    HB 109 would allow water permit applicants who disagree with the state engineer’s initial decisions to appeal directly to district court. In other words, a dissatisfied applicant could bypass practice and precedent and see if the courts would hand down a more favorable decision.