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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the editor 7-3-14

     

    The Y helps people with financial aid

    Reviewing applications for financial aid is truly a humbling experience.

    I communicate with each by email or telephone, and all of them share their overwhelming relief, appreciation, joy, and gratitude because the Y’s assistance has helped them, their family or children. At our Y, this is more than 200 people helped; 72 kids in camp and afterschool care, and 140 people of all ages in healthy programs.

    Donors do important work. They help children access safe, supervised childcare so parents can work. I receive at least one scholarship application a day now as we are enrolling for Camp and After School.

  • Claim a tax credit for summer daycare expenses

     

     

    For harried parents, the definition of true panic is realizing in April that you forgot to enroll your kids for summer day camp and now all the slots are filled. Cut to: as the school year ends, you’re feverishly trying to find adequate daycare because neither of you can take time off work to watch the kids.

    I know of one such couple; with any luck you’re more organized than they were. In fact, bonus points if you thought ahead and signed up during last fall’s open enrollment for a dependent care flexible spending account (FSA), which allows you to pay for childcare using pretax dollars.

  • Sustainable practices build ‘triple bottom line’ in business

     

    Renee Frank is perfectly positioned to demonstrate that sustainable practices can improve a business’s bottom line and its “upper line” — its appeal to customers who want to do business with green companies.

    Frank is a real estate agent and a certified “ecobroker” — the leader of Steinborn and Associates’ Smart Living Team and a founding member of the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce.

    Her job is to help clients choose wisely where and how they’ll live in a new home. Her mission is to help other entrepreneurs realize how quickly they’ll recover the costs of incorporating energy-efficient and sustainable features and practices by generating savings and attracting customers.

    All about orientation

  • In Campaign 2014, what would Bruce do?

     

    One of the wonders of the political world was the late Gov. Bruce King. When he worked a room, no hand went unshaken and he remembered everybody’s name.

    Now that his son Gary, the Democratic candidate for governor, is the target of a fire hose of ugly ads, I can’t help but wonder what Bruce would do.

    In his autobiography, “Cowboy in the Roundhouse: A Political Life” (as told to Charles Poling), King described his campaigns and his campaign philosophy. Reading it now makes you pine for those gentler, kinder times.

  • Capital Spending: $500 at Hidalgo Senior Center, $20.5 million at UNM

     

    Capital spending is supposed to be for stuff that lasts a while. We have a special affection for senior centers and borrow money against property tax receipts to pay for senior things. The technical terminology here is issuing and selling general obligation bonds subject to voter approval. Issuing the bonds will cost about $2 million. 

    The three smallest dollar amounts approved for seniors by this year’s Legislature are $500 for “other equipment” at the Ena Mitchell Senior and Wellness Center in Lordsburg, $570 for meals equipment for the Vaughn Senior Center and $840 for “other equipment” at the Mora Senior Center. 

  • Cantor defeat creates Martinez advantage

     

    When Chris Christie was re-elected governor of New Jersey last year, news reports mentioned that he received a majority of Hispanic votes, a fact considered noteworthy for a Republican in that state. Gov. Susana Martinez had spent time in New Jersey campaigning for him. Even if the national pundits didn’t say so, there was an implication that Martinez’s presence contributed to his victory.

    A couple of months ago, I happened to see a TV interview with Rick Perry, outgoing governor of Texas. Perry said he will be campaigning for the Republican candidate who is running to succeed him. And, he added gratuitously, he’ll be campaigning for Martinez in New Mexico.   

  • How to protect pets from stresses of July 4 activities

     

    With the July 4 holiday come celebrations and outdoor activities that can be fun for people, but sometimes harmful for our pets. Here are some tips to keep this day an enjoyable and safe holiday for the whole family, Fido included. 

    “Fireworks can frighten dogs and cause them to escape and become injured,” said Dr. James Barr, assistant professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. “Make sure your pet is supervised during the day and nighttime hours as well.” The best idea is to keep dogs, particularly those with noise phobias, away from the commotion if at all possible. 

  • Continue to keep democracy alive

     

    Happy 238th Birthday, America! It’s also the birthday of the Federal Freedom of Information Act, which appropriately was born on the Fourth of July in 1966. We hope all Americans — Republicans, Democrats and Independents — will observe this day by remembering the values that unite rather than divide us. 

    We authors of this editorial — a Democrat and a Republican — disagree on many issues, but we find common ground on the importance of transparency in government-one of the major principles upon which our country was founded several generations ago.