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Today's Opinions

  • But I digress: Even if we disagree, can we talk?

    A man I’ve known for many years recently told me that he no longer wants to have anything to do with me. He accused “my kind” of being responsible for the 50 million deaths incurred during WWII, the turmoil we endured from the Cold War, the more than 50,000 deaths during the Vietnam War, the collapse of America’s moral infrastructure, the decline of the nuclear family and finally for the 9/11 attack.

    He summarized his explosive outburst by telling me that he was sick of my “anti-American pacifist left wing liberal hippie drivel.”

  • Off and On: Air is filled with more than pollen

    Been sneezing lately? Eyes a bit watery? Nose a bit irritated?

    Well, it could just be that it is more than the pollen that is flying about that is causing you distress.

    According to two Associated Press stories, there is more flying in the air in this part of the world than dust.

    San Juan County ranks No. 6 on a list of U.S. counties with the highest carbon dioxide emissions in a study published in a scientific journal.

  • Our View: Openness should not be deleted

    A recent ruling by the Attorney General’s Office should be of concern to everyone.

    See, the office ruled that state law contains no recourse for people who ask to inspect state officials’ public e-mails and find they’ve been deleted.

    So if an official wants to hide something, just do it via the Internet than delete it.

    It is scary. Any document produced by a public figure doing the public’s business belongs to the public. To just hit the delete key to avoid disclosure is not acceptable.

  • Our View: A bit of overkill?

    We can understand the concern of the Bernalillo County Clerk that she would run out of ballots on election day.

    But please, how much is clearly too much?

    See, Bernalillo County shredded almost 1.4 million ballots – which cost taxpayers about $1.2 million – that were left over from Tuesday’s primary election.

    County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver says her office wanted to avoid a debacle of not having enough ballots.

    Well and good, she should make sure she had enough. But how many voters does she think live in Bernalillo County?

  • Off and On: Layoffs at nuke lab stir fears of a brain drain

    There was a very interesting story by the Associated Press out of California this past week.

    It dealt with fears of an irreplaceable loss of brain power as the result of layoffs at the nation’s top nuclear weapons design lab, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

    It seems the lab has laid off hundreds of workers, raising concerns about a brain drain.

    Because of budget cuts and higher costs, Lawrence Livermore laid off 440 employees May 22-23. Over the past two-plus years, attrition and layoffs have reduced the work force by about 1,800.

  • Our View: 28 percent: Something to brag about?

    Officials are boasting of a high primary election turnout. Statewide that translates to a whopping 28 percent.

    Yes, 28 percent of registered voters actually going and casting a vote is something to brag about.

    And this is of registered voters – many citizens don’t even bother to register.

    A total of 543,615 Democrats and 354,272 Republicans were registered to vote in Tuesday’s primary election. Of that, about 138,000 Democrats voted, while some 111,000 Republicans went to the polls.

  • LANL science can do good

    Dear Editor,

    The Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) staff must shuck the idea that its future lies only in making things useful only for killing.

    LANL scientists must discover and develop ideas and things, which will perpetuate humanity’s survival on this planet. Development of a long-term energy supply is crucial. There is only one really long-term energy source: the sun. There are many other scientific discoveries to be made and are yet undreamed.

    Do good. Do Good. DO GOOD.

    Edward B. Grothus

    Los Alamos

  • Any creature can become extinct

    Dear Editor,

    Species go extinct. That is the way of evolution. But species, like the dodo bird, have been disappearing at an accelerated rate in the last few centuries. What changed? We did.

    Humankind has spread across Planet Earth like a deadly disease. Many of our religions forbid us to limit our offspring. And we seem determined to foul our own nest.