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Today's Opinions

  • Thinking Makes It So: Whose cookies these are I think I know

    Call the roller of big scarves and let the wenches dawdle in such sweaters. Take from the oven the peanut butter cookies and spread them so as to cover your face.This is no time for cold, cold ice cream, unless it’s melting on top of hot, hot apple pie.This is, however, a time to mess up beloved poetry, in this case cleverly inserting full-bodied, seasonal nouns in place of Wallace Stevens’ existential corpse-side metaphor.November means heavy down comforters, sudden desires for stew and darkening tennis dates.

  • There is help for our returning veterans

    Around Veterans Day, our thoughts turn to the men and women who are serving or have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as to all veterans and those killed in the country’s wars.Whatever the war or conflict, Americans have always believed that America’s military veterans should return home to jobs and opportunity.

  • What is happening in Iraq?

    Dear Editor,

    This is what is happening in Iraq.

    The natives in Iraq have finally wised up and realized that it is not to their advantage to kill one another. They are organizing to kill the occupiers. Remember, Dien Bien Phu and Saigon?

    Edward B. Grothus

    Los Alamos

  • Tactic not helpful

    Dear Editor,

    Until the laboratory mandates definite dollar amounts employees should give to the United Way, based on their salaries and personal financial holdings, Mr. Sad and Dismayed should not use the unacceptable tactic of Shame-On-You for not donating more to that worthy charity.

    Sue Conner

    White Rock

  • Health care isn't simple issue

    Dear Editor,

    Mr. Dave’s letter citing horror stories of nationalized health care plans in other countries left me very confused. Is he saying that our health care situation is good, or that it’s just not as bad as it could be? Those are two very different stances. I do think it’s an issue well worth discussing – but both sides should be given reasonble credence and consideration.

  • This professor deserves an award

    The New Mexico State Aggies are trailing 56-zip with five minutes to go and the stadium is as quiet as a church pew the day after Christmas. Except for one guy.That’s Mac on the 50-yard line, waving his arms and yelling. “Still plenty of time left, guys!” This is not a “glass is half full” kind of guy. This is a “glass is brimming with expensive French wine and they are still pouring” kind of guy.

  • We must all take part

    As our wise and far-sighted administration prepares for war against Iran and tries to bring the nation (that’s us) to support its folly, I think it would be good to recall a few words from the much elder statesman: Mark Twain.

    “In religion and politics people’s beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination.”

  • Nine trillion small

    I enjoyed Terry Goldman’s rebuttal letter. Aside from learning how many cells are in the human body (I do love trivia), his discussion on considering the National Debt/GNP ratio is a sound approach. But to say that a $9 trillion debt is “not inordinately huge” was surprising. I hadn’t thought it would be necessary to address ND/GNP ratios to convince anyone that a $9 trillion debt is a ... umm ... bad thing.