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Today's Opinions

  • DVD describes criminal career of con man

    While billion-dollar swindles like Bernard Madoff’s make the national news, most investment fraud is a local crime committed close to home.  In most cases, the victims are friends, business acquaintances and relatives of the perpetrator.

    Such was the case with Henry Rivera, a Taos con artist who scammed more than 50 New Mexicans out of millions of dollars before he was indicted on more than two dozen counts of securities fraud in 1994.

  • Government workers should share the economic pain

    During the 2009 legislative session, New Mexico policymakers faced some of the most challenging budgetary times in recent memory. That fact led to reductions of approximately $450 million to the General Fund from about $6 billion to just over $5.5 billion.

  • Memories of Ken Ewing

    Ken was a close friend. Like us, he was an (earlier) graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, and we had similar interests. Because we were out of town, we were unable to attend his memorial service. Had we been there, we would have shown the attached photograph, from one of the many UFO conferences to which we had taken Ken. For your information, Ken is the individual on the left (we think).


  • Council action correct, but ...

    Dear Editor,

    The council made the right decision, given the current financial crisis, not to raise our sewer rates at this time.  Salary raises are delayed, property taxes are higher, and many empty homes are waiting for better times. Our utilities, however, face a predicament. The White Rock sewage plant needs replacement. The utilities customer base is small and is unlikely to expand soon, and, in addition, we are using less water because of already high prices. Under these circumstances sewer rates must eventually rise.

  • A very sad story

    Dear Editor,

    It was with great sadness we read your June 9 article “L.A. police cadet charged with DWI.” It is unfortunate that cadet Daniel LaDuke made the serious mistake of driving while under the influence. While we don’t condone this lapse of judgment, we feel your readers should know a little about the Dan LaDuke we knew when he was a councilor at the YMCA after-school program (which our son attends) immediately prior to joining the Los Alamos Police Department.

  • Give that ticket to ride!

    Well, it’s official. New Mexico’s multimillion-dollar spaceport is moving ahead toward construction in the southern desert, a big step for commercial space development and tourists who will suit up for $200,000 suborbital flights.

    Put me down for one of those. What a bargain.

    Of course, this belies the fact that the high price of a ticket killed the Concord. But we’re sure that there will be hundreds of folks ready to put down a couple of hundred grand to liftoff.

  • Fix the problem

    The council’s action in granting some staff a bonus - or pay allowance or what you want to call it - is cause for pause.

    This seems to us to be the wrong solution to the problem and we have to agree with Robert Gibson who voted against the idea.

    Even the chair, Michael Wheeler, is quoted in voicing concerns, altough he voted for the plan.

    As best as we can understand this, it seems that when the council approved its recent budget it did so failing to take into account a group of employees who have hit the top of their pay scale and can’t get a raise.

  • Just don’t count on it

    If a hen and a half, lays an egg and a half, in a day and a half, how many eggs do six hens lay in seven days?

    John Paulos’ book, “Innumeracy,” cites a story about a weatherman who was discussing the chances of rain in the coming weekend: “Well folks, there’s a 50 percent chance of rain on Saturday and 50 percent chance of rain on Sunday.  So it looks like there’s a 100 percent chance of rain this weekend!”