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When is too much, too much?

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By Ralph Damiani

We do not - on the face of it - have any problem with a statue of J. Robert Oppenheimer and Gen. Leslie Groves here in Los Alamos. In fact, it would be a fitting tribute to two of the men who made Los Alamos.

But we do wonder where the county keeps getting all this money.

We have money to buy a $25,000 gift for Santa Fe’s 400th anniversary. We have money to put a mountain lion on the round-about. Now we have some $60,000 to buy a statue of Oppenheimer. Groves would - we guess - will be about the same.

We are told over and over that we are not over extending ourselves, that we have plenty of money, that we are not going deeply into debt.

But like national politcians who tell they will increase spending and cut taxes, we are having a real hard time understanding the county’s spending binges.

And we fear that as what happened with the state - when they were spending money left and right when oil prices were high - and is now desperately trying to find things to cut as the well has dried up - so to speak.

We have that fear here that we have a pay a very expensive piper soon.

Public deserves better

The candidate forum held this week between the two men running for Public Regulation Commission’s District 5 seat was disturbing to say the least.


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