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Today's Opinions

  • Torres for golf course manager

    I have been a resident of Los Alamos for over 40 years and have been involved in many aspects of community and county programs and efforts. I’ve witnessed many students of mine flourish at the golf course through golf lessons, tournaments and employment. Many of my colleagues and friends golf regularly and I have always been a proud supporter of this important component of our town. I believe our golf course is a huge asset to this community and I also believe that Donnie Torres has worked hard to ensure that golf is something to be proud of in Los Alamos.

  • Lobbyist spending down this year drops by a third

    Final reports out of the recent legislative session and beyond show that lobbyist spending has dropped significantly so far this year, reflecting the tough economic times confronting businesses and interest groups that hire lobbyists to influence the Legislature and other state officials.

    While we had hoped a new climate of openness was part of that, we tend to doubt it.

    We are not against lobbyists per se as that is nothing more than people getting together to seek to influence their elected officials. That is good.

  • Tourism and how we all need to act

    Gov. Richardson kicked off a state conference on tourism saying New Mexico needs to work with neighboring states to attract international visitors to the Southwest as well as increase its efforts to lure film crews to rural parts of the state.

    True enough. But it seems that we need to do a lot more here to make this “business” pay off more.

    Last year, tourism brought about 12 million visitors and an estimated $5.5 billion in revenue to the state. That money supports thousands of jobs and the associated tax revenue from tourism exceeded $351 million.

  • Let’s hear it for mom

    My mother always said that some things are just right and some things are just wrong. As a mathematician, I found it odd that society would preclude fuzzy logic. 

    After all, if two wrongs make a right, why not just take all the wrongs, divide by two and make it right?  Would that be wrong? 

    Well, as usual, Mom was right about some things being wrong. It’s wrong to devote a single day of the year to our mothers. 

  • Finally, a good manager

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  • Open letter on LASO rental fees

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  • The great state payroll snafu

    JAY MILLER

    Syndicated Columnist

    SANTA FE -- Hasty implementation of a great idea early in Gov. Bill Richardson's administration has haunted state government ever since.

    When Richardson took office state government had 70 disparate payroll and human resources systems. It made sense to combine those into one overall system. Many other states were in the process of doing the same thing. Software programs had been developed that would handle such a task.

  • Keeping heart when times are hard

    Raising morale while cutting costs during an economic downturn is one of the toughest jobs a manager can face.

    To succeed, managers must be honest with employees about the need to reduce costs, including those associated with wages and benefits.