Today's Opinions

  • Yes, banana splits were less than a dime


    Eastern New Mexico News

    CLOVIS — I collect historical tidbits that interest me from area newspapers. Here are a few from the first half of Septembers past:

    • Sept. 1, 1954: The Muletrain News was first broadcast from Muleshoe by Gil Lamb from the living room of his home at the corner of West Fourth and Avenue B. It aired remotely on Radio Station KICA out of Clovis until July 26, 1956, when KMUL went on the air.

    • Sept. 1, 1931: Portales schools were filled to capacity with the largest enrollment in their history — 1,364 students, a 13 percent increase from a year earlier. Officials estimated 200 to 300 more were expected in the next few days.

    • Sept. 2, 1910: C. S. Hart of Portales was shot in the arm, face and leg in a dispute over a $14 pasture rent. The injuries sustained from shotgun pellets did not appear life-threatening, but were described as painful. The shooter was described as a “mad man” from Bovina. If criminal charges were filed, they were not reported in the Roosevelt County Herald.

  • Letters to the Editor 8-30-19

    Motorcycle ride to benefit Wyatt Taylor

    Dear Editor,

    The Jemez Riders, are organizing a benefit motorcycle ride Sept. 14.

    The event is to raise money for Wyatt Taylor and a small Jemez Springs church. 

    Wyatt, a junior wildland firefighter from Jemez Springs, was injured in December of 2017 in a terrible ATV accident. He has many years of re-constructive surgeries ahead of him. Wyatt cares so much about the Jemez Mountains and the folks in our community, we thought it would be a nice gesture to show him how we care about him.

    Please plan on joining us Saturday morning at 10 a.m. in the Knights of Columbus (401 Trinity Drive) parking lot. We will begin the ride at 11 a.m., cruising down the Main Hill Road, through White Rock and Bandelier and on to the Madonna Hall in Jemez Springs. Teams of chili cook-off contestants will be waiting for the riders, and anyone else brave enough to come up and taste their amazing recipes. 

    Some will be flaming hot, others will only be…hot. About 40 area businesses have donated prizes for a raffle that will begin at 2 p.m., with the grand prize a 1999 Triumph Tiger motorcycle drawn at 2:30 p.m. As an added bonus, the Vanlandinghams will be playing live from noon-2 p.m.

  • Letters to the Editor 8-25-19

    Unable to understand those who cannot appreciate need for guns

    Dear Editor,

    I understand that some of my Democrat friends cannot appreciate what self-defense means but I will tell the tale anyway. Firearms are essential in a civil, safe society.  Guns are only as safe as the person behind them.

    My tale is that of a family in a small western New Mexico town where a family of two little boys, a mother and a father lived in an ordinary home.

    The father was a locomotive fireman and this job required him to be out of town on the other end of a run for a day or two on a regular basis. He was concerned for the safety of his family and bought a .38 caliber pistol for his wife. She was a small woman, who had been a Fred Harvey Girl at the Alvarado in Albuquerque where the two had met. They lived in Gallup where he was based.  The town had some rough areas so the gun was warranted. The little housewife slept with the gun under her pillow.

    One night, when the father was at the other end of the railroad line, there was a horrendous banging on the front door waking the family.  The little housewife took the gun from under the pillow and went to answer the door trailed by her 9-year-old. She kept trying to get her son to go back to bed.

  • Removing mini-shampoos from hotel rooms won’t save the environment

    Massachussetts Institute of Technology

    InterContinental Hotels Group will replace mini-shampoos and conditioners with possibly more efficient bulk products by the year 2021.

    But environmental activists shouldn’t rejoice just yet.

    The announcement is yet another example – such as banning plastic straws, false sustainability claims and corporate commitments that are far in the future – that seem to be more of a PR exercise than real attempts to move the needle.

    I’m a professor of engineering and the director of the MIT Center of Transportation and Logistics. As I argue in my book “Balancing Green: When to Embrace Sustainability in a Business (And When Not To),” announcements of these kinds distract us from legitimate – and more challenging – measures we need to put in place to avoid environmental catastrophe.

    Behind the headlines

    InterContinental Hotels Group CEO Keith Barr says that replacing miniature bathroom products “will allow us to significantly reduce our waste footprint and environmental impact” at the conglomerate’s hotel chains, which include InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn.

  • Los Alamos Choral Society to begin fall rehearsals

    Fall rehearsals begin on Sept. 10 for the 75th Anniversary year of the Los Alamos Choral Society. The chorus, founded in 1945 by Manhattan Project scientists, will be preparing for a gala anniversary concert on Jan. 26, 2020, in partnership with the Los Alamos Symphony Orchestra.

    The program for the concert will include Part III of Handel’s Messiah, along with works by Michael Maudlin, Mary Badarak, and Frances Meier, all New Mexico composers. The concert will conclude with a movement from the 1892 Grand Mass in E-flat by Amy Beach, the first major choral/orchestral work composed in America by a woman composer.

    Additional 2020 concerts will include a May 1 performance of Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy with the Los Alamos Community Winds, Ted Vives conducting, and an informal “Dessert Concert” of popular songs and musical theater excerpts.

    Singers in all sections are invited to join the chorus, and no auditions are required. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings from 7-9 p.m.

    Special accommodations are available for singers wanting only to perform on the Messiah portion of the program, with rehearsals for Messiah not beginning until October.

    The kick-off session Sept. 10 will begin with sign-up and refreshments at 6:30 p.m., followed by the 7 p.m. rehearsal.

  • Letters to the Editor 8-21-19

    Wise decision to toss Save As You Throw plan

    Dear Editor,
    The Los Alamos Environmental Sustainability Board (ESB) has wisely decided to postpone plans to adopt a so-called “Save

    As You Throw” plan for completely revamping trash and recycling collection in Los Alamos. This is a good thing and it is probably best if this concept is simply abandoned entirely.

    For starters, it seems like the idea is designed to address a problem that doesn’t exist. If the desire is to reduce trash output the best approach is probably an educational campaign, not a draconian fee increase and a complete change to trash collection. And, while we all want more recycling, China’s limits on purchases of American recyclables have thrown the market into chaos. It would seem that big new changes to solid waste policy should not be considered until the market for recycled products finds its footing.

    One product that is not only consistently viable in today’s marketplace is aluminum cans. Find out for yourself by finding aluminum metal recyclers in your area if you want to pick up a little spare change for your soda and beer cans.

    This might be a better approach rather than imposing onerous new regulations that won’t actually do anything for the environment.

  • Letters to the Editor 8-21-19

    Vaping is most pervasive threat to children’s health, safety

    Dear Editor,

    Kudos to you for publishing the op-ed by Dr. Kevin Sabet, a former senior drug policy advisor to the Obama Administration. Quoting Dr. Sabet, “…vaping is rapidly becoming the latest public health crisis – delivering harmful, addictive substances to kids, some as young as middle school, undetected.”

    He further stated that “A 2017 study out of California found 11th- and 12th-graders who had used e-cigarettes had twice the risk of ongoing cough, congestion, wheezing or developing bronchitis. This means health problems now and continued consequences down the road.”  He added, “In Anchorage, Alaska, school suspensions for marijuana use and possession increased more than 141% from 2015 (when legalization was implemented) to 2017. Tragically, Colorado toxicology reports show the percentage of adolescent suicide victims testing positive for marijuana continues to increase.”

    Until our lawmakers make a change, parents and educators need to be educated about the dangers of adolescent marijuana use and the signs of vaping. They may find children in possession of vaping paraphernalia, like pen-shaped devices that look like flash drives.

  • Letters to the Editor 7-31-19

    False accusations of racism should be condemned

    Dear Editor,

    In an article penned by Los Alamos County Councilor David Izraelevitz (LA Daily Post, July 18), he talked about bubbling test tubes and Galileo, then leaped to declare, with no facts to support his accusation, that our president is racist.

    According to Merriam Webster, racism is defined as “a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race.” 

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), also known as AOC, accused Nancy Pelosi of being a racist. AOC is another accuser who offers no supporting facts. 

    President Trump even came to Pelosi’s defense, stating that the Speaker of the House is not a racist. Biden also has been attacked by those in his own party for working with segregationists.