I keep lamenting the Governor's xenophobia on undocumented worker's drivers licenses as a great waste of time and effort. The legislature is wasting hour upon hour playing around with this issue instead of just burying it. I don't care how many people want to see us mistreat people who need to drive cars in order to feed their families.
My friend Eric Pfeiffer, retired Economic Development Director for Albuquerque called from Hawaii this weekend where he and his wife, Canoe, now reside. He is always interested in political gossip and the economic situation in New Mexico. He is concerned that one of the greatest brain drains in the history of this state is occurring. My concern is that the Governor's office, Mayor's office and legislature sits on their thumbs and does nothing about it. I am talking about the hundreds of retirements that are taking place at Sandia and Los Alamos National Research Labs. Many of these retirees are the smartest and most experienced scientists in the world who have basically opened up new frontiers in technology and health. And as they end one career in working for Federal Government sponsored labs they are headed out into an environment that is unorganized and unready to take advantage of their still fertile minds.