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Today's Opinions

  • Pansophy proffered by prez primaries

    Presidential primary politics came packed with rewarding wisdom.Hillary gave me the knowledge a super bright, dynamic woman can contest for the presidency and have a real shot at coronation.McCain gave me hope that in this wacky world of waffling, there is still hope for a tough old boot who tells it as it is.Obama gave me inspiration in that our country, once shamed by slavery, could well elect its first black president.Mike gave me joy in the realization a fun-loving, guitar strumming rock and rolling former Baptist minister with the unlike

  • Health care: What we each can do about it

    Health and medical costs continue to rise faster than any other major segment of the U.S. economy. The cause is not insurance companies, drug companies, health-care providers, the uninsured or malpractice lawyers. It is us, you and I, and a broken system.Nationally, health care costs about $2 trillion annually or more than 15 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), our total output of goods and services. That’s an average of nearly $7,000 for each American.Health care is a larger segment of our economy than food, clothing or shelter.

  • Dog's death deserves a response

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  • Candidates should follow King's example

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  • Our view: An undisclosed evaluation

    An undisclosed evaluationThe news that the National Nuclear Security Administration has evaluated Los Alamos National Laboratory’s performance for last year and settled its accounts with Los Alamos National Security, LLC, under the cover of secrecy is disturbing.Some may be suspicious that the federal government has let its problem-prone creation too easily off the hook for the management partnership’s first 18 months of what has been, to say the least, a rocky road.Others may believe Washington has once again made a scapegoa

  • Off and On: Search needs to be highest priority

    There is a very important process going on right now – a search for a new superintendent.In all honesty, this may be the most important hire this community makes for a long time.

  • Thinking Makes It So: Eating humble pie with a side of dirt

    I have quilted myself a biography of poet Joe Fazio (1929-2007), stitching together little URL-patches of minutia.According to one poetry site, he lived in Beverly Hills, Calif. According to another, he resided in Connecticut.He seems to have been very Republican – at least, someone named Joe Fazio declared in a published letter that anyone who ever voted for a pro-abortion candidate was going to Hell.He produced the movies “The Keeper” (2001) and “Firestorm Rising” (2001).

  • Health care in need of national reform

    As we were preparing to embark on an effort to reform our state’s health care system in this year’s legislative session, a newspaper cartoon caught my eye. Titled “The simplified health care program,” it showed two street vendors of the hotdog-stand variety. One of them offered “Fried Stuff” for $1.