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Today's Opinions

  • To tax or not to tax

    One thing that we find interesting is that when  it suits them, some people find gross receipts taxes to be a regressive thing.

    But then, when they want more money for the government to spend, they say, “Let’s increase the gross receipts tax.”

    Such was the case this week as the House approved a bill that would raise money to fund education.

    Earlier, they had passed an education reform bill that called for some $400 million in new expenditures. This measure was their answer to that.

  • Nudging America to go online

    Among the memorable books of 2008 is Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein’s “Nudge” in which the University of Chicago professors outline a new philosophical approach to governance. By creating the right incentives, government can “nudge” Americans to make the right decisions about their retirement, health and education.

     

    The book appeals to both fiscal conservatives who want to rein in uncontrolled government regulations and progressives who want the government to address unmet social needs.

     

  • Good time for title insurance reform

    SANTA FE – Are New Mexico homeowners getting the shaft on their title insurance? The 2009 Legislature is again being asked to consider the possibility.

    Last year, legislation to reform the industry got sidetracked and delayed. This year’s possibilities look better.

    New Mexico Public Regulation Commission Chairman Ben Ray Lujan was the leading advocate of the legislation last year. Now that Lujan is a member of Congress, his father, New Mexico House Speaker Ben Lujan, is championing the legislation.

  • Scorecard for the Legislature

    Dear Editor,

    I’m keeping score of some of the “more important” issues our state legislature has deemed it necessary to take up during this economic downturn:

    • Assisted suicide – killing the sick and the elderly when they are most vulnerable and should be receiving humane treatment;

    • Domestic partnership – dissolving the very foundation upon which Western society is built;

    • Embryonic Stem Cell Research – destroying human life at the earliest possible stage in the interest of science,

  • Kill old horses, not people

    Dear Editor,

  • Trinity Drive: 2 Lanes or 4?

    Dear Editor,

    Wake up Los Alamos!

    The county staff under Kyle Zimmerman is planning to change Trinity Drive between Oppenheimer and DP Road. The two plans last on the table (March 5, 2009) are: leave this part of Trinity Drive as four lanes with modifications, or make Trinity Drive a two-lane road with four roundabouts.

  • Debunking myths that hobble growth

    Many myths and misconceptions masquerade as truths in the business world and people trying to start or expand a business are often misled by them. Realistic expectations are critical to business success and getting real begins with separating fact from fiction. Some examples:

    “The lack of a product or service in an area is the most important indicator of a need for it.”

  • Black dogs and new patterns

    A Native American story goes like this:

    There is a cave in which lives an old woman who for years has been weaving a garment – a special garment, sewn from porcupine quills. Its pattern is sacred to honor the ceremony for which it is intended, because it is this ceremony that sustains the world soul.