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Letters

  • Udall on the path to the future

    Dear Editor,

    I’d like to commend Rep. Tom Udall for his solo vote against the House Appropriations Committee’s reckless proposal to drastically cut funding to the lab. This was not just a cut in future budgets; it would have cut this year’s budget as well, an irresponsible approach to reducing the nuclear weapons complex. In contrast, Udall in his careful way continues to pursue a thoughtful and realistic approach to “providing a path to the future for our national laboratories.”

  • Habeus Corpus brouhaha

    Dear Editor,

    As I understand it, the recent Supreme Court decision reaffirmed the right of habeus corpus to all accused persons within the legal jurisdiction of the United States. I am not a lawyer but understand that habeus corpus translates to “do you have a body?” to prove that a crime was actually committed. This has been a fundamental principle of our western law system for centuries. An accused person cannot be held unless there is proof that a crime was committed.

  • Where's the competition?

    Dear Editor,

    So Los Alamos has two grocery stores. Smith’s and Smith’s. And now we’re getting two Holiday Inn Express facilities? Am I to believe that for the state’s most affluent community there are no competitors of these companies interested in locating here?

    TJ Taub

    Los Alamos

  • What about surveillance cameras?

    Dear Editor,

  • The view from Lexington Battle Green

    Dear Editor,

    There are three British soldiers buried at Lexington, Mass. British military records indicate they were all privates in the 4th Regiment missing after the North Bridge fight with the Minutemen.

    So what exactly happened in April of 1775? Ralph Waldo Emerson himself explains:

    By the rude bridge that arched the flood,

    Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled;

    Here once the embattled farmers stood;

    And fired the shot heard round the world.

  • What a great decision by council

    Dear Editor,

  • Dispelling 'Big Oil' myths

    Dear Editor,

    Ned Cantwell’s recent editorial piece drove home the point that most of America cannot, will not, or does not have the time to understand the reasons for the increase in the price of oil and gasoline. Since I have had the time, I hope I can clear up a few myths.

    Myth #1: “Big Oil” is responsible for the price of oil and could choose to lower it.

    Oil is a global market; its price is determined by the intersection of world demand (increasing fast) and world supply (stagnating).

  • Trail maintenance benefits all

    Dear Editor,

    I read Mr. Cortesy’s June 18 piece, “Bikers beneficial to forests” with interest. I, too, have rarely seen anyone else doing trail work, but I know plenty of it gets done nonetheless, because without it trails would not be built nor remain usable for long.

  • When will 'good fortune' come?

    Dear Editor,

    In the June 11 edition of the Monitor, there was a big spread about the school board approving a “$40 million infrastructure-rebuilding project.” And the LAPS contractor said it was “a one-time tax increase ee then we can support this program on into the future, and with some good fortune and growth (italics added) the tax base will exceed the projected growth and we will be able to increase the amount of money that can be generated for bond sales in the future.”

  • Another outrageous decision

    Dear Editor,

    So we have another outrageous decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, granting the right of Habeas Corpus to Guantanamo prisoners.

    Sen. John McCain calls it one of the worst decisions in history. Newt Gingrich calls it the worst – even worse than the Dred Scott fugitive slave law decision. The Wall Street Journal tops them both by comparing it to the recent terrorist-freeing prison break engineered by the Taliban in Afghanistan, calling the breakout “Habeas Corpus – Taliban style.”