Today's Opinions

  • The facts about legal narcotics

    The medical cost of prescription opioid abuse in the United States is estimated to be more than $300 billion a year. That’s billion with a “b.”

    This statistic, which almost knocked me out of my chair, was presented recently at a conference of the New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Association by Dr. Charles Kennedy of Corpus Christi, Texas, an expert on occupational medicine issues. This part of his talk was subtitled “Pain Medication Crisis.”  

    No kidding.

    A few more statistics from Kennedy:

  • Learn, baby learn

    Urtabulak and Ixtoc — two obscure names that can be found in the dusty (and unread) journals of historic blunders. Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Let’s go back 47 years and see how little we’ve learned.

  • An open letter to Bingman, Udall and Teague

    Will we be able to secure the U. S./Mexico border, or will it be impossible? With the U. S. Border Patrol denied access for routine patrol in federally designated wilderness areas along Arizona’s border and with new corridors and safe havens for illegal activities in wilderness along the border in New Mexico, how would securing the border be possible?

  • Media to be or media not to be

    KRSN AM 1490 is Los Alamos’ radio station. It has been here since 1947.

    It has been a part of the fabric of this community for 63 years. It entertained Manhattan scientists after long days of inquiry. It grew to include news, sports and entertainment. It grew to be “the talk of the town.” It is a piece of living history continuing to bring you news, sports and entertainment.

  • Obama and Clinton: The best and brightest

    We put a man on the moon and returned him safely to Earth. More than once, even.

    Inspired yet? More Nobel laureates and millionaires are in the Obama administration than ever before. Feel a tingle down your leg maybe?

    All of the pieces are in place for a remarkable turn of events.

    For the first time in our history, a sitting president will face a primary challenge from a member of his own cabinet. If this isn’t hope and change, what is?

  • Questions surround gov.’s intent

    SANTA FE — Gov. Bill Richardson still has Billy the Kid on his mind. This time, instead of trying to dig him up, he’s wanting to pardon him for his sins.

    The governor invited me to his office a few months ago to ask if I would help him gauge public opinion, especially among the Billy community, about his project.

  • Over commitment to code poses a problem

    Friday (June 18) the Monitor underscored the problems of economics going forward we face.

    The Hannemann/Holsapple debate will, I suspect go on about how well business development happens here.

    But the lead story about our station, KRSN, still having antenna placement problems, shows the difficulties that many here, including myself, see as over commitment to code and under commitment to community needs.

  • LAPS is beginning to look like slumlords

    I opened Thursday’s Monitor and read where the LAPS administration is getting comfortable in its new nest. Was I surprised to find out that the nest is a “building from owner Elmo C de Baca with the intent to buy it.”

    More taxable property out of the tax bucket. Silly me; I thought my tax dollars had just been spent to provide them with spanking new pads in upscale “Pajarito Cliffs.” Oh, those digs are just for the worker bees; not the higher ups.