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Today's Opinions

  • Hitting below the belt

    If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution to eat right and trim down, be forewarned that medical science shows your brain has it in for you and will actively promote your failure on two different fronts.
    That’s not good news, of course, but you should know about it so you can strengthen your resolve as best you can.
    Here’s the scoop. It’s relatively easy – particularly if you are significantly overweight – to lose a few pounds by reducing the number of calories you consume each day.
    The problem is that your initial success will trigger a couple of responses in your body.
    First, as you lose weight a hormone called leptin, which is produced by your fat cells, will start to drop in concentration.

  • Reveal all additives

    Innovation is the pride and lifeblood of our democracy. Innovation in business systems and industries’ products is vital and thriving. Unending resources go into more innovations, think R&D.
    Innovation in regulatory tools is as vital, but lags far behind. Why does filling a crucial need attract scant interest and effort? Custom perhaps. Blind spots?
    Our interest group took a timely occasion to campaign for regulatory innovation.    
    On Nov. 17, the New Mexico Oil Conservation Commission (OCC) held a hearing on a narrow issue related to fracking.

  • Best deal of the foreseeable future

    It’s a lot easier to criticize a proposed project than it is to defend it. The Nattering Nabobs of Negativism against the Patient Visionaries.  
    To understand this, I think of it like statistical mechanics:  a system with many degrees of freedom, which is a fair analogy to a complicated project like the Trinity Site Redevelopment Project, can exist in any of a large number of states (at a given energy.)
    When it actually assumes one state, all the others are excluded even though they are equally probable.  

  • Trinity Site: An idea whose time has passed

    Redevelopment of the “Trinity Site” into a shopping center has been pursued since 2005.  

    Times, circumstances, and the proposed development have all changed since then.  

    It is time to abandon this approach. 

  • Predicting 2012

    Happy New Year. Let’s see how the crystal ball looks this year. 

    HMMM … it looks clearer. Maybe that is because we’ve had a year to get acquainted with the new state administration.

    Oh, I see Gov. Susana Martinez pushing her drivers license bill up another steep hill. Maybe she should wait until next year and hope she has a Republican legislature.

  • Ninety days and counting

    Another school semester came to a close. Students scurried about searching for ways to improve their grades at the last minute.  

    Teachers found themselves staring at piles of papers to review, a mountain of tests to grade, endless emails from concerned parents, and a finals schedule conveniently permuted by inclement weather.  

  • Sometimes hot tea and honey are fine

    The colder weather this time of year heralds the anticipation of things such as winter sports, planning for family get-togethers, kids counting the days to winter break and maybe stocking up on hot tea and honey for that inevitable, annoying sore throat. 

    As we enter this season it might be a good idea to have a clearer understanding of what a sore throat, or pharyngitis, actually is and when to be concerned enough to call for an appointment or just treat the symptoms at home.

  • Jay Miller: Film industry revisited

    Republicans and the Hollywood crowd seldom seem to be a very good match. 

    Good reasons exist for this standoff. With a few notable exceptions, Hollywood types are more liberal in their thinking than most Republicans, especially on social issues.