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Opinion

  • SANTA FE – What is the most interesting county in New Mexico? Is it Rio Arriba, with its political intrigue and 400-year-old cultural traditions?  

    Is it Doña Ana, with its southern Rio Grande Culture? Is it Grant County with its mining history, Black Range Tales and the most colorful Madame in the West? Is it bustling Albuquerque or historic Santa Fe?

    It would be possible to name every county in some category but I seem to find myself writing about more unusual happenings in Lincoln County than any place in our state.

  • 2009 has been named the International Year of Astronomy to celebrate 400 years of the telescope.

    The telescope was invented in Holland in 1608. On July 26, 1609, the Englishman Thomas Harriot looked at the moon through a 6-power telescope and drew what he saw. It was the first map from a telescopic image.

    Just a month later, Galileo presented a homemade 8-power telescope to the Venetian Senate. That fall he turned a 20-power telescope to the heavens.

  • VCNP vistas have been taken

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  • Dear Editor,

     I am greatly concerned about Principal Mike Katko’s possible termination as principal of Mountain Elementary School. I first heard about this and thought, “I don’t know the details. I should stay out of it.” Upon reflection, however, I realized I care too much about whether this man is a part of my child’s education to remain silent.

  • Before we get back to your calls, we just want to say that our goal for this editorial is 20 bucks. One measly Andrew Jackson, a couple of teensy weensy pledges and we’ll resume our regular editorializing.

    I hear the phone ringing already. But before we go to the phones, I want to remind you…

    The good news about the current national obsession with the declining fortunes of newspapers is that nobody has suggested a PBS-style fundraising campaign as a solution.

  • There are some pretty despicable people out there in this world. The unspeakable atrocities done by some can sicken the strongest among us and bring to a boil even the most forgiving disposition.

    Sadly, our country is not immune to such vile behavior. The United States has always enjoyed being a leader in the world and violent crime has never been an exception to the many lists in which we find ourselves competing for first place.

  • “All real estate is local.” You’ve probably heard that somewhere – TV advertising, someone’s comment. But what does it mean? And, why should you care?

    On a simplistic level, it suggests you can’t determine market value of a home in one neighborhood simply by comparing it to similarly sized and featured homes in any other neighborhood, in any other community. One size – read price — does not fit all.

  • Dear Editor,

    New Mexico is one of only eight states that charges a gross receipts tax, which would include services. All other states charge a sales tax on product only, with services being taxed as income; in the case of a sole proprietor, this is considered personal income.

    I lived, worked and did business in California for 22 years, during which time performance and teaching income was taxed as personal income, and any CD albums or books that I sold was subject to sales tax.

  • Dear Editor,

  • SANTA FE — Although barely noticed by the media, renewable energy supporters feel very good about the legislative session just completed. One solar energy spokesman even announced, “We’re pleased about everything that happened.”

    He had a point. The solar industry received favored treatment by lawmakers and the administration of Gov. Bill Richardson. Backers of some other renewable energy sources weren’t happy that solar power received so much of the attention and they received so little.

  • Creating excitement — or “buzz” in marketing lingo — about products or services is a matter of survival in a competitive market — especially when most consumers are spending only on essentials until the economy shows signs of recovery and stability.

    Buzz describes the positive word-of-mouth marketing or hype among consumers that often precedes the release of a much-anticipated product. Real-time, portable communications technology facilitates the building of buzz by allowing rapid exchanges of information among large numbers of people.

  • Dear Editor,

    You can find data on the latest property tax rates at www.tax.state.nm.us/pubs/TaxreseStat/losalamos07.pdf for Los Alamos and Santa Fe. You will note that municipal rates in Santa Fe are 1.026 mills (residential) and 1.945 (non-residential). In Los Alamos the municipal rates are 3.315 mills (residential) and 4.246 (non-residential). In other words Los Alamos municipal property tax rates are nearly triple the same rates in Santa Fe!

  • Dear Editor,

    I urge all citizens to consider the future of Trinity Drive, a major artery through our town whose function and use is currently being assessed. I wish to offer my thanks to the citizens’ committee, LA Walks and to the County of Los Alamos Traffic Engineering staff for hosting the two recent forums considering the future of Trinity Drive. I found them quite informative and I was pleased to see that over 100 citizens of Los Alamos County attended the last forum.

  • Dear Editor,

    Ed is gone and the joke’s on us; the penultimate black hole is the lab.

    Kay Harper

    Los Alamos

  • For the 10th consecutive year, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is organizing the Earth Day celebration in Los Alamos.

    The theme of this year's event is “Tree of Life,” in recognition of the bicentennial of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary (sesquicentennial) of the publication of his most famous book “On the Origin of Species.”

  • Longtime bicyclist Steven Booth had a concern and while local officials were willing to listen, there was little they could do.

    Booth told county officials that it is very dangerous to ride a bike here. Drivers cut cyclists off or just can’t see those folks on the human-powered vehicles.

    He said it is so bad that he is going to stop riding to work here.

    While education may be a part of the problem, it may go deeper than that. There seems to be a lack of courtesy that goes beyond just a bicyclist.

  • This may seem like an odd place to write about sports, but we have done so before and this subject is worth hammering home.

    Whether or not you are a big basketball fan, March is certainly a time when that sport hits its high note in the college ranks.

    If you have any feeling for the game, you have been watching the teams slug it out in some great exhibitions of talent and hard work.

    But if you are like many viewers, you may have missed the best basketball being played – the women’s bracket.