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Today's Opinions

  • A wise to the word

    Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana. A play on words? A play about words? May I have a word with you about your play? It doesn’t matter if you hear what I say. It only matters if you hear that I said what you may or may not have heard. Understand? No? Good!

  • Who’s doing the work?

    We have become a nation that refuses to dirty its hands. We let people in other countries do our manufacturing. We use underpaid immigrants or rent people from other countries to do our manual labor.

    We did not learn the lesson of the Revolutionary War. Citizens who owned and worked their own land or produced the goods consumed in this country triumphed over an absentee ruling class.

  • Insufficient enrollment info.

    When will we be notified who are the various providers for Los Almos National Laboratory’s Blue Cross Blue Shield NM health plan in CY2010? The providers listed on their website are for CY2009 and several local providers have indicated they will not participate in LANL’s BCBS insurance plans in 2010.  This is essential information we need to have prior to completing open enrollment and BCBS seems to be intent on misleading us by refusing to publish the 2010 list of providers.

    Dave Thomson

    Los Alamos

  • Root out the political influence of money

    There was a time when I believed that the best way to curtail the impact of money flowing into our political system was to monitor it. Make sure that campaign contributions and lobbying expenditures were reported quickly and accurately, I reasoned, and journalists and the American public could determine for themselves what they could tolerate.

  • Why stay in Afghanistan?

    The so-called experts give various fallacious arguments for increasing our military presence in Afghanistan, as follows:

    Win the war against al Qaeda. This makes no sense because the al Qaeda left Afghanistan long ago, and they are quite happy in Morocco, Indonesia, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, etc.

    Liberate the people from the Taliban. But the Taliban are mostly from the Pashtun ethnic group who want to restore their rule in Afghanistan. The Pashtun make up nearly half the population so we are effectively fighting the Afghan people.

  • Enrolling without a full roster

    Regarding the discussion over the change at the lab from United Health Care to Blue Cross Blue Shield NM and the lack of information about it, I have the following observations.

  • How do we determine how big is best?

    The environment, which is everything on earth, constantly struggles to find the right size for a system.

    Sizes that get tried out alternate between being larger and smaller than today’s models.

    A set of parts that must work together as conditions change. Examples of a system are a live animal, a corporation, an agency, a city and a fuel supply chain.

    Nature evolved dinosaurs. The pterosaur, a flying relative of dinosaurs, had a wingspan of 18 meters (60 ft.). By contrast, the wingspan of the World War II British Spitfire aircraft was a mere 11 meters.

  • Vivid mix of politics and investments explode

      State Investment Officer Gary Bland is the latest fall guy in the unraveling cloak of connections and contracts. It wasn’t exactly a surprise.

      The surprise is that Bland lasted this long.