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I was dismayed at the Monitor’s editorial in opposition to the county council’s decision to provide UNM-LA with a $150,000 grant: $100,000 for classroom upgrades and $50,000 for operational support.
The county provides significant funding to many organizations and projects, which can be described as “quality of life,” among them, all recreation programs including the Aquatic Center, purchase of sculptures for Ashley Pond and elsewhere and new light posts along Central Avenue (to name a few).
Given the precedents, why the Monitor would single out such modest support for UNM-LA is a surprise.
The Monitor editorial argues that UNM (statewide) budget is larger than Los Alamos County’s budget. That may be. But the fact is that all budgets today are trying to find ways to do more with less. In such an environment, I am glad that the county council sees fit to recognize UNM-LA as a benefit to this community and back that up with some modest support.
I personally would much rather add to this community’s “quality of life’ programs than to the Diamond Drive expansion. But we know that we’d all spend county funds differently.
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