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Today's Opinions

  • Thinking Makes It So: Novelty v. truth v. cliches v. a pleasant lunch

    We each have our own list. Sunken in our minds, nearly lost in there among names of items we’ve forgotten to buy at the grocery store over the course of our lives, are insights, pure and ancient-sounding in their shrewdness.Roofers, bakers, political candidates, fast-food restaurant managers, Nobel prize laureates, movie stars, even video game geeks have these lists.We rarely discuss them during our lunch breaks, saying, “Mmmm, this is good hummus.

  • Guest Opinion: How to help women-owned small businesses

    In 1994, Congress set a government-wide target that 5 percent of all federal contracts should go to women-owned small businesses (WOSBs).More recently, legislation was signed into law creating a set-aside for such businesses but requiring that the Small Business Administration study the issue to determine in which — if any — of the government’s 313 contracting categories, many of which are defense-related, WOSBs were underrepresented.Since then there has been an SBA study, a National Academy of Sciences review, a court case, and an external, inde

  • Coffeehouse era comes to an end

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  • School days for instruction, not for in-service

    We agree with those who say that of all things funded by the state and local governments, education is at the top of the list.There is little else more important than our children and helping to prepare them for the future. Boosting teacher pay is one way to work toward this end.But it is not the only way – as many like to say.More and more teacher pay in New Mexico has gone up and up.

  • Guest Column: Real federal whistleblower protections in sight

    Congress is getting serious about attacking government corruption sustained by secrecy and enforced by fear.Before Christmas, the Senate unanimously matched House approval of legislation reviving the moribund Whistleblower Protection Act.

  • Pansophy proffered by prez primaries

    Presidential primary politics came packed with rewarding wisdom.Hillary gave me the knowledge a super bright, dynamic woman can contest for the presidency and have a real shot at coronation.McCain gave me hope that in this wacky world of waffling, there is still hope for a tough old boot who tells it as it is.Obama gave me inspiration in that our country, once shamed by slavery, could well elect its first black president.Mike gave me joy in the realization a fun-loving, guitar strumming rock and rolling former Baptist minister with the unlike

  • Health care: What we each can do about it

    Health and medical costs continue to rise faster than any other major segment of the U.S. economy. The cause is not insurance companies, drug companies, health-care providers, the uninsured or malpractice lawyers. It is us, you and I, and a broken system.Nationally, health care costs about $2 trillion annually or more than 15 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), our total output of goods and services. That’s an average of nearly $7,000 for each American.Health care is a larger segment of our economy than food, clothing or shelter.