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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: 222 pounds OK -- for a 9-footer

    A few hours ago, hundreds of millions watched the ball drop on Times Square, signaling the start of a new year, one of hope and promise, if not of prosperity.

    As they sang an ancient lay — something about an elderly man named Lang who owns an old sign — many people celebrated by uncorking bottles of champagne and later waking up to a man-sized headache today.         

    As for me, the real ache is a couple of feet lower.

    Let me explain:

  • ‘Excess energy’ issue remains

    The Dec. 26 paper had an article titled “PRC expands solar Incentives.” Solar, wind, alternative energy — we need to move in this direction sooner rather than later, right?

    The state Public Regulation Commission now requires PNM to pay (or better credit) businesses 15 cents per kilowatt hour they produce via solar, whereas the incentive for homes remains at 13 cents per kilowatt hour. Now, why is that? Is the solar power generated by businesses on their roofs somehow more valuable than the solar power generated on my residential roof?

  • COLUMN: Want a job? Talk to Marty

    Have you been passed up for a job opportunity at a local government agency for someone less qualified? You have the right degrees, years of experience, a record of accomplishments, a great list of references.

    But you forgot to do one thing — you didn’t talk with the morning coffee klatch at Hillcrest Restaurant.

    Oops. Apparently such a mistake can be a career killer.

  • COLUMN: Richardson's withdrawal

    SANTA FE — There is much we don’t know about Gov. Bill Richardson’s withdrawal of his nomination to be secretary of the U.S. Commerce Department.

    One thing we do know is that I’ve already missed on one of my 2009 predictions. I said 2009 would be as unpredictable as 2008. That was easy, considering all the stuff coming down these days.

  • LETTER: Israel a bully, loud-mouthed?

    The Israeli journalist Gideon Levy a few years ago referred to Israel as a “a loud-mouthed bully who shouldn’t be provoked into anger ... Not that the bully’s not right — someone did harm him.” Following the attack on Gaza this past week, Levy added, “Once again, Israel’s violent responses, even if there is justification for them, exceed all proportion and cross every red line of humaneness, morality, international law and wisdom…. Hamas brought this on itself and on its people, but this does not excuse Israel’s overreaction.”

  • EDITORIAL: County steps in; state is missing in action

    Recently a group of residents from the Bernal area showed up at the San Miguel County Commission meeting to ask the county to enact stricter rules for wind farms.

    The county deserves great credit for enacting a wind turbine ordinance in 2003, long before most other counties, but it now appears that updating that ordinance is in order.

  • EDITORIAL: Thumbs

    UP thumb ... READY TO GO. Struggling with broken equipment for months, the management at the city’s recreation center kept its pledge to have all the treadmills operational before the end of the year. Wednesday morning, all the machines appeared to have been working fine.

    Let’s hope exercise buffs take advantage of the repaired equipment as they begin their New Year’s resolutions, and that the rec center staff can keep them working throughout the new year.

  • LETTER: The pain is intense during the holidays

    I am a survivor of victims of homicide; my name is Helen Trujillo. I am the chapter leader of the group here in Las Vegas. This is a group no one ever wants to belong to but thanks that there is one. Ms. Sara Armijo comes from the office of the OMI in Albuquerque she had share her time with us for the past two years.