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Today's Opinions

  • Poor choices have crippled the economy

    I recently got a speeding ticket. The flashing red lights in my rear view mirror told me I was in trouble. I’d made a poor choice: failing to observe the speed limit signs-and was cited for going 70 in a 55. I suffered consequences for my poor choice. We’ve all made poor choices that typically result in having to pay the consequences. Some consequences are big and others, like my speeding ticket, are small.

  • Good work deserves praise

    I noticed a Los Alamos County pickup and utility trailer parked on our street recently and being curious, asked the crew what they were up to. Estevan of the Utilities Department told me they were checking the sewer lines in our area and graciously invited me to see the procedure. To say the least, I was impressed. They had a miniature TV camera on a little motorized crawler that they dropped into the sewer, and then viewed the sewer line on a TV monitor as the camera roamed up and down the sewer line.

  • Remember those in need

    I am a very fortunate person. I can (and do) give fresh and clean water every day to my children and even my cats and dogs. When we don’t have rain, I can use that same fresh water to keep my vegetable and flower gardens alive. I am lucky to have enough money to buy food for my kids and pets, too. I even have the choice to feed them healthy food or

    unhealthy food on special occasions, knowing that their next meals will fulfill their nutritional needs.

  • Lieutenant governors not known for clout

    Here’s a little quiz: Name the five lieutenant governors before Diane Denish.

    If you can recall Walter Bradley, Casey Luna, Jack Stahl, Mike Runnels and Roberto Mondragon, you get a gold star.

    If you drew a blank, welcome to the club. The fact that none of them went on to higher office and some disappeared from the political radar tells you something about the office.

  • Two ways to think cool

    Dogs pant with their tongues hanging out, young men sweat by the bucket and aging geologists just fall over on our faces in the shade on a hot summer’s day. But is there a way we could choose to cool the whole planet in a few decades if we really need to?

  • Damage control is not leadership

    Those who love football as well as civil society, like me, face a chilling ambivalence about a sport that has become not only a stand-in for war (although we still have the real thing going on), but also a huge business that commands, in the corporate world of college education, expenditures seldom lavished on non-athletes.

    Football as a game has not only become “war;” it is also big business that deals in millions of dollars and the euphoria (or depression) of thousands of people, depending on winning or losing.

  • The trouble with self-importance

    You’re driving up the Front Road and right behind you is a very important person ... a VIP. Right behind you.

    You know the type.  There are five cars in front of you and you can’t go any faster, but the VIP just has to pass you since, well, he’s very important.  And so, he tailgates you and once he’s given a three-second window to pass, off he goes, rushing to his very important meeting with other very important people, or “I.”

    Now, if he could only pass those other five not-as-important people ...

  • Petty theft hurts a lot

    On Oct. 14 in the afternoon between 1 and 3:30 p.m. the sandwich board sign out in front of my new business (Karen Wray Fine Art-Gallery and Studio at 2101 Trinity Drive, Suite B-2) was stolen. The sandwich board was not small. It is 36 inches high by 24 inches wide, made of white plastic with attached signs stating “Gallery / Open” in black print on yellow corrugated plastic. Earlier, on Sept. 11, this sign was outside with 10 balloons attached to the top, announcing the Arts Crawl that was taking place that evening.