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Today's Opinions

  • There’s a word for everything

    People adept at Scrabble use some pretty strange words.  My wife’s vocabulary is “slightly” better than mine and when we are Scrabbling, I might play a word like “rock” and then she’ll play one like “ozaena.”

    I’ll challenge her play, claiming that such a word doesn’t exist. She shrugs and tells me that it means having a fetid discharge from the nostrils. That’s usually more than I want to know and so I won’t bother asking her what fetid means.

  • Sidewalks go both ways

    Dear Editor,

    Thomas Roach, pavement division director for the county, had a great article in Sunday’s paper reminding homeowners of their responsibility to keep the sidewalks clear for pedestrian traffic. In the same spirit, I’d like to invite the county to discharge its responsibility to keep the sidewalks repaired.

  • Be kind to snakes

    Dear Editor,

    A few days ago, a lady called me to ask how to get a bullsnake out of some bird netting. When she called back to let me know that the snake was freed, she also told me that if she hadn’t gotten the snake out when she did, it would have strangled to death in the netting. It is a slow and tortuous death. The plastic fibers dig into the snake’s flesh and slowly strangle it. Once a snake is in this netting, it cannot get out.

    The more it struggles, the more it entangles itself and death is the ultimate result.

  • The state under ticket

    By JAY MILLER

    Syndicated Columnist

    SANTA FE -- Except for the land commissioner contest, all of New Mexico's down-ballot statewide races have incumbents seeking office again.

    Secretary of State Mary Herrera, Attorney General Gary King, Treasurer James Lewis, and auditor Hector Balderas all are in their first term of office and eligible to seek a second four-year term.

  • Medical Minute: Some facts on superbugs

    Patients often approach their physicians with questions spurred by something they’ve seen on TV or read in a newspaper.

    Recently, a member of LAMC’s medical staff received this question from a patient: “What is LAMC doing about ‘superbugs’?”

     What are superbugs?

    Even in a state of health, the body houses many germs. Germs such as bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites can enter the body through tubes, needles, open skin, eyes, nose and mouth.  

  • What’s in your back yard?

    We’ve all heard the phrases “Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY)” and “Think Globally, Act Locally.”

     

    But have you ever considered how the phrases might apply to you?  Let’s take NIMBY, for example.   

     

    None of us would want a junk yard, pig farm, or coal-fired power plant in our backyard. But how do you define backyard?  

     

  • Art Center members vote

  • Prosecute war crimes