Elaine McArdle http://kunm.org en Op Ed: "Linked-In" Brings Unwelcome Blast From The Past http://kunm.org/post/op-ed-linked-brings-unwelcome-blast-past <p></p><p>The other day, when I was supposed to be doing something else, I was casually reviewing my own profile on Linked In -- the online network for professionals, a sort of serious version of Facebook -- when Linked asked – oh, so innocently! -- if I’d like to add more people to my list of professional contacts.</p><p>Sure, why not?&nbsp; I hit the Yes button.</p><p>Minutes later I got an unexpected email. The name was vaguely familiar. Oh yeah, that guy. Somebody I’d quoted in a news story, what, 10 years ago?</p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Elaine McArdle 24333 at http://kunm.org Op Ed: "Linked-In" Brings Unwelcome Blast From The Past Op-Ed: Tobacco Companies to Teens: "Don't Smoke!" (Wink, Wink) http://kunm.org/post/op-ed-tobacco-companies-teens-dont-smoke-wink-wink <p></p><p>It had to be my imagination.</p><p>I thought cigarette smoking was a dying pastime—no pun intended.</p><p>But all around us—young smokers. Lots and lots of them. Teens and young adults, and college kids.</p><p>At sidewalk cafes near any university, including UNM. In hookah bars, puffing away. Environmentally conscious alterna-kids in Rage Against the Machine t-shirts— the <em>last </em>ones you’d expect to support Big Tobacco.</p><p>A whole new, wholly unexpected generation of addicts.</p> Wed, 09 Jan 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Elaine McArdle 23384 at http://kunm.org Op-Ed: Tobacco Companies to Teens: "Don't Smoke!" (Wink, Wink) Op Ed: A Troubling Shortage Of Lawyers http://kunm.org/post/op-ed-troubling-shortage-lawyers <p></p><p>People often complain there are too many lawyers in the world, and you may think they have a point. After all, an astonishing 40,000 students graduate from American law schools each year, and there are already well over a million lawyers in the U.S.</p><p>But whether you believe there are too many lawyers may depend on who you are.&nbsp; If you’re Hispanic, and you prefer to hire a lawyer who shares your cultural background, or speaks Spanish—you’re going to wonder where all the lawyers are.</p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 14:00:00 +0000 Elaine McArdle 22111 at http://kunm.org Op Ed: A Troubling Shortage Of Lawyers