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Today's Opinions

  • What's wrong with this picture?

    Remember the various sorting exercises you did in kindergarten to learn differentiation? Maybe you have five round items and one cube.

    You learned “differentiation” by sorting the items into groups and determining which item did not belong.

    Carry those same skills into your logic and understanding today.

    The National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) recently released their 2009 list of the 11 most endangered historic places. Ten items belong in this group.

  • The problem of peace in the Middle East

    Dear Editor,

    This is a letter that I wrote recently to the president, that I would like to share with the community:

    The world desires peace in the Middle East, but does the United States share that desire?  Evidently not.

  • The meaning of a Municipal Building

    Dear Editor,

    The issue of the Municipal Building must be taken in the over-all context of Los Alamos itself. Three points:

  • Will Kilmer take on Denish?

    By JAY MILLER

    Syndicated Columnist

    SANTA FE -- The time has come for serious candidates to begin making public announcements about their intentions to run for office.

    For incumbents, that's relatively easy. Put out the word you plan to run again and make sure your previous supporters are still with you.

    But for non-incumbents, there is much to be done. Supporters must be lined up before another candidate grabs them. Fundraising must start before donors get tapped out.

  • Why Piracy Remains a Threat

    The United States dodged a bullet last month when American sailors and Navy Seals foiled Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden. But pirates never give up easily.

    The possibility that they will capture more Americans there and elsewhere remains. And that possibility presents real dangers for the Obama administration.

    Why should the world's greatest superpower worry about small groups of pirates? Because, while the military threat may be minimal, public reaction to a prolonged captivity crisis could derail the administration’s foreign policy.

  • New tool will work for all politics

    Recent pieces of news fit into a picture you can use to promote your politics.

    Readers sometimes tell me my writing conveys some sense. This response rewards the work of connecting small pieces to form more of a picture.

    Or making a vessel to carry some context and content. The tool is hugely more consequential than bumper stickers.

  • 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.