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Today's Opinions

  • I’m an outsider, proven job creator, running for U.S. Senate

    I’m Mick Rich, and I’m running for the U.S. Senate. I’m not a career politician. I’m an outsider and a proven job creator.

    From the time I was in grade school, I wanted to build big things. I worked my way through college in construction and started my own company here in New Mexico. 

    Along the way, learning Hard Hat Values. 

    What are Hard Hat Values? Always do your best work. Use teamwork for every job. And do what it takes to get the job done. 

    Thirty-five years ago, I chose to start my construction business in New Mexico, because I loved the beauty of this state and the character of its people, and I knew I could make a difference here. This is where my wife, Marion, and I chose to make our home and raise our family.

    With the help of Marion and our four children, along with the efforts of scores of skilled and dedicated employees, I have helped to build communities around our state.

    New Mexico’s strongest resource is you and me, the people. People who work hard, treat one another with respect, and do what it takes to get the job done. We care for others and take pride our in our lives. That’s Hard Hat Values.

  • Time to talk about difficult subject of gun control

     

    Ithink you should know that my deadline for writing is well before you receive the paper on Wednesday. So needless to say, I feel like I need to comment on the events last week, in Parkland, Florida.

     

    As a nation, we will never come to agreement on gun control. I believe that the issue of mental health is too difficult of topic to tackle in a short-term solutions kind of way.

    So, when I hear the statements made by so many after a shooting that, “Now isn’t the time to talk, it’s a time to heal,” we have to realize that it happens so often that we are never talking about it.

    If that is the case, then I say let’s change the conversation! Let us look at it from a perspective at 180 degrees. What school is doing something that is making a shift in the area of bullying? Someone, somewhere is doing this work at gold standard level. If that is the case, then I call on all media outlets to sing their praises again and again.

  • N. Korea needs to abandon missiles before relations can improve

    Japan News published this editorial on why no improvement is possible in Korea relations without denuclearization.

    It is obvious that Kim Jong Un, chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea, has intensified his dialogue offensive to win over South Korea.

    Precautions need to be taken against a situation in which a rift would emerge in international efforts to contain North

    Korea, while there is no progress being made on the North Korean nuclear issue.

    In tandem with the opening of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, a high-level North Korean delegation visited South Korea and held talks with South Korean President Moon Jae In. Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of the North Korean leader, handed a personal letter from Kim Jong Un to Moon and asked Moon to visit North Korea at an early date. The letter was said to contain the leader’s willingness to improve South-North relations.

    Kim Yo Jong, as a special envoy for Kim Jong Un, joined the delegation led by Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly of North Korea. It is the first visit to South Korea by a direct descendant of the North’s three generations of supreme leaders, which began with Kim Il Sung.

  • Due process should be followed in all cases

    The Charlotte (North Carolina) Observer published this editorial Feb. 12 on due process amid recent abuse allegations.

    The American principle of due process should be used neither as a political football nor a reason to excuse credibly accused abusers who are unlikely to face criminal or civil proceedings. Doing so undermines faith in the criminal justice system and makes it more difficult for victims to receive justice and for the innocent to clear their names.

    And, yet, that’s precisely what the Trump administration has been doing, beginning with the president himself.

    “Peoples (sic) lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation,” Donald Trump tweeted Saturday. “Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused - life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?”

    The president seemed to be responding to reports about how his administration egregiously handled allegations of domestic abuse by a top White House aide, though some believe it was in defense of a Republican donor, Steve Wynn.

  • Letters to the Editor 4-18-18

    Thank you Sheriff Lucero

    Dear Editor,
    Even though difficult circumstance were the reason for my leaving Los Alamos, my thoughts and prayers for those in the community will always be with you.
    One matter of major concern is the unjustified scrutiny in regards to the office of the sheriff.  
    We the people elected to keep the office and a Sheriff that truly exemplifies the integrity and commission of that office. Sheriff Lucero has been under constant attack by county council members. He served us honorably and diligently.  
    His salary was virtually less than his personal expenditures to run that office and he was stripped of funding necessary to have a support staff. Yet he did not cave, much to the distress of those attacking him and the office. The Sheriff continues to serve because he loves the community and believes in the office.
    The attempted brain washing by the county council has failed. A court hearing will take place on May 10 at 10 a.m. at the Los Alamos County Court House.
    Please take the time out of your busy schedules to show your support for Sheriff Lucero and the office by attending that hearing.
    John L. Horne
    Los Alamos

  • Letters to the Editor

    New Nuclear Security chief comment at LANL was ridiculous

    Dear Editor,

    “Los Alamos was established to develop a scientific solution to win World War II.” Give me a break! This Gordon-Hagerty language appears to be just a sop to the Trump Administration with its plan to increase R&D on nuclear weapons, preparatory to a planned increase in the size of the U.S. nuclear arsenal. 

    It would have been more accurate to recall that Los Alamos was established to deal with World War II related strategic problems by creating weapons of mass-destruction, which would be used to launch terror attacks on cities filled with non-combatants, in what were arguably acts of genocide. 

    The Nazis, too, had created a scientific (final) solution to World War II related political problems, and this solution was indisputably genocidal. Ergo: beware of “scientific solutions” to political problems, and/or to problems of military strategy.

    Ken LaGattuta

    Española

  • Entrepreneurial orbit: Businesses at heart of resource expo

    BY HOLLY BRADSHAW-EAKES

    Finance New Mexico

    Once a business gets its foot inside the door with an economic development organization like the New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), its opportunities for growth expand dramatically. Jack Kloepfer discovered this while navigating his Aztec, New Mexico, business beyond the line of outdoor recreation products he built from thermoplastic-coated fabrics and into products for energy and aerospace industries. The company’s relationship with New Mexico MEP has led to others, including the New Mexico Small Business Assistance Program (NMSBA), the Small Business Development Center at San Juan College in Farmington and the New Mexico Economic Development Department, where Jack’s Plastic Welding CEO Errol Baade hopes to find capital to expand production space.

  • Letters to the Editor 4-8-18

    Foundation thankful for parents who contributed to recent telethon

    Dear Editor,
    On behalf of the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation and students from the Key Club and National Honor Society, we would like to thank all the parents of LAPS students who contributed to our recent student telethon.
    Our fellow students volunteered their time to call parents to ask for their support for projects and programs supported by the LAPS Foundation. These initiatives benefit all public schools in Los Alamos. Doing this telethon is a great opportunity for us students to give back to our schools.
    Our goal for the telethon was $2,000. So far we have raised $650. Unfortunately we were not able to call all parents of LAPS students. If there are any parents or others out there who were not contacted but would like to give to the telethon, we would appreciate your support! Gifts can be made online at lapsfoundation.com/donate or by mailing a check to the LAPS Foundation at 1900 Diamond Drive, Suite 1, Los Alamos, NM 87544. Please be sure to indicate that a gift is for the telethon.