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Opinion

  • People adept at Scrabble use some pretty strange words.  My wife’s vocabulary is “slightly” better than mine and when we are Scrabbling, I might play a word like “rock” and then she’ll play one like “ozaena.”

    I’ll challenge her play, claiming that such a word doesn’t exist. She shrugs and tells me that it means having a fetid discharge from the nostrils. That’s usually more than I want to know and so I won’t bother asking her what fetid means.

  • Dear Editor,

    Thomas Roach, pavement division director for the county, had a great article in Sunday’s paper reminding homeowners of their responsibility to keep the sidewalks clear for pedestrian traffic. In the same spirit, I’d like to invite the county to discharge its responsibility to keep the sidewalks repaired.

  • Dear Editor,

    A few days ago, a lady called me to ask how to get a bullsnake out of some bird netting. When she called back to let me know that the snake was freed, she also told me that if she hadn’t gotten the snake out when she did, it would have strangled to death in the netting. It is a slow and tortuous death. The plastic fibers dig into the snake’s flesh and slowly strangle it. Once a snake is in this netting, it cannot get out.

    The more it struggles, the more it entangles itself and death is the ultimate result.

  • By JAY MILLER

    Syndicated Columnist

    SANTA FE -- Except for the land commissioner contest, all of New Mexico's down-ballot statewide races have incumbents seeking office again.

    Secretary of State Mary Herrera, Attorney General Gary King, Treasurer James Lewis, and auditor Hector Balderas all are in their first term of office and eligible to seek a second four-year term.

  • Patients often approach their physicians with questions spurred by something they’ve seen on TV or read in a newspaper.

    Recently, a member of LAMC’s medical staff received this question from a patient: “What is LAMC doing about ‘superbugs’?”

     What are superbugs?

    Even in a state of health, the body houses many germs. Germs such as bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites can enter the body through tubes, needles, open skin, eyes, nose and mouth.  

  • We’ve all heard the phrases “Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY)” and “Think Globally, Act Locally.”

     

    But have you ever considered how the phrases might apply to you?  Let’s take NIMBY, for example.   

     

    None of us would want a junk yard, pig farm, or coal-fired power plant in our backyard. But how do you define backyard?  

     

  • Thursday in  Rio Rancho it was just like a campaign rally of old. Cheers echoed inside the high school’s gymnasium as President Obama held a town hall meeting.

    While we might wish that his presidency had a little less of the campaign style and more of a presidential flavor to it, it is what it is.

    But there was one thing that was different from the campaign – where was the governor?

    During Obama’s campaign stops, Gov. Richardson was right there, front and center. He was the ringmaster, leading the charge.

  • In the world of today, money is tight. The only ones who seem to have money is the federal government - and they are borrowing to the hilt.

    But state government is strapped, as is Los Alamos Schools.

    In an effort to help the situation here, Ellen Mills, president of the Los Alamos Federation of School Employees, told the school board that the union argeed to take a pay cut.

    This action should not be just brushed away without notice, it is an extraordinary event that deserves notice and praise.

  • We understand that the University of New Mexico branch at Los Alamos is a real asset to the community. And we understand that it has felt the bite of the recession with a downturn in enrollment, causing some financial difficulities.

    But we really do not understand the county giving the school $150,000 in financial assistance. That seems be beyond what the county should do.

    We are all supportative of UNM-LA and think this institution should be supported by the community. Just not with taxpayer money.

  • Remember the various sorting exercises you did in kindergarten to learn differentiation? Maybe you have five round items and one cube.

    You learned “differentiation” by sorting the items into groups and determining which item did not belong.

    Carry those same skills into your logic and understanding today.

    The National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) recently released their 2009 list of the 11 most endangered historic places. Ten items belong in this group.

  • Dear Editor,

    This is a letter that I wrote recently to the president, that I would like to share with the community:

    The world desires peace in the Middle East, but does the United States share that desire?  Evidently not.

  • Dear Editor,

    The issue of the Municipal Building must be taken in the over-all context of Los Alamos itself. Three points:

  • By JAY MILLER

    Syndicated Columnist

    SANTA FE -- The time has come for serious candidates to begin making public announcements about their intentions to run for office.

    For incumbents, that's relatively easy. Put out the word you plan to run again and make sure your previous supporters are still with you.

    But for non-incumbents, there is much to be done. Supporters must be lined up before another candidate grabs them. Fundraising must start before donors get tapped out.

  • The United States dodged a bullet last month when American sailors and Navy Seals foiled Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden. But pirates never give up easily.

    The possibility that they will capture more Americans there and elsewhere remains. And that possibility presents real dangers for the Obama administration.

    Why should the world's greatest superpower worry about small groups of pirates? Because, while the military threat may be minimal, public reaction to a prolonged captivity crisis could derail the administration’s foreign policy.

  • Recent pieces of news fit into a picture you can use to promote your politics.

    Readers sometimes tell me my writing conveys some sense. This response rewards the work of connecting small pieces to form more of a picture.

    Or making a vessel to carry some context and content. The tool is hugely more consequential than bumper stickers.

  • I have been a resident of Los Alamos for over 40 years and have been involved in many aspects of community and county programs and efforts. I’ve witnessed many students of mine flourish at the golf course through golf lessons, tournaments and employment. Many of my colleagues and friends golf regularly and I have always been a proud supporter of this important component of our town. I believe our golf course is a huge asset to this community and I also believe that Donnie Torres has worked hard to ensure that golf is something to be proud of in Los Alamos.

  • Final reports out of the recent legislative session and beyond show that lobbyist spending has dropped significantly so far this year, reflecting the tough economic times confronting businesses and interest groups that hire lobbyists to influence the Legislature and other state officials.

    While we had hoped a new climate of openness was part of that, we tend to doubt it.

    We are not against lobbyists per se as that is nothing more than people getting together to seek to influence their elected officials. That is good.

  • Gov. Richardson kicked off a state conference on tourism saying New Mexico needs to work with neighboring states to attract international visitors to the Southwest as well as increase its efforts to lure film crews to rural parts of the state.

    True enough. But it seems that we need to do a lot more here to make this “business” pay off more.

    Last year, tourism brought about 12 million visitors and an estimated $5.5 billion in revenue to the state. That money supports thousands of jobs and the associated tax revenue from tourism exceeded $351 million.