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Today's Opinions

  • Jobs, not drugs draw immigrants

    Imagine the scene. Two poverty stricken, uneducated men are chatting somewhere in Mexico. One says, “Ese, vamos p’ Albuquerque pa’ cometer delitos.”

    The other replies, “Que buena idea!”

    Such was the primary election portrayal among Bernalillo County Republican sheriff candidates. Drug cartel types aside, the occasional immigrant may come to New Mexico with an explicit criminal purpose. But not many. Getting here is too much work. For nearly all, jobs are the attraction.

  • Obama should have asked for advice

    Your editorial of Sunday, June 20, prompts a reply. It is so unfortunate that President Obama has not sought your advice. Had he done so, many of our national problems would be saved by now, in particular the oil leak.

    Pat Blewett

    Los Alamos

  • Unsigned editorials not acceptable

    I find that recent unsigned and undocumented editorial comments to be more the rule than the exception in the Monitor these days.  Sunday, June 20, “The sinking of the presidency,” was unsigned and one-sided and may indicate the bias of the current Monitor editorial staff, while Wednesday, June 23, “Obama and Clinton: The best and brightest” was written by a Jeffry Gardner. Just who is Gardner, what are his credentials and why are such vitriolic and poorly written opinions allowed to be presented undocumented?

  • No to new taxes, yes to budget cuts

    America has a money crisis. Yes things are tight for governments now, things are tight for most families also.  In the real world where the ability to borrow money is limited and heavy debt carries a heavy cost, most will do the right thing and live within their means.  

    This means cutting spending and altering your lifestyle to your ability to pay for it.  Government feels it has an ace in the hole by their ability to tax. And tax they do!  They sometimes justify taxes by stating public health will improve as they have done with tobacco.

  • When governing becomes a circus

    None of our governments — national, state, local — was designed for expeditious and orderly action.   

    But when any of them becomes so disorderly as to resemble a circus you have to wonder.

    Briefly last week, key functionaries, civilian, military and judicial, in our national government had a great many people wondering if the circus hadn’t become a zoo.

  • An atmosphere of excellence

    As a recently retired teacher from LAPS, I have with interest followed the search for a new high school principal and assistant superintendent. With 38 years of teaching experience at the middle school level in three different states, including 12 years at a National Blue Ribbon School in lrvine, Calif., a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction and a major writer of the Baldrige award for LAMS and the LAPS, I feel that I understand what it takes to create an atmosphere of excellence within a school and district.

  • Should we end the war in Afghanistan?

    Obama says he will begin withdrawing troops in 2011, but some feel we should end this illegal and immoral war much sooner. This earlier withdrawal would make sense since our invasion and occupation of Afghanistan appear to have been from the very beginning about controlling natural gas pipelines, as well as controlling a lot of previously known resources such as lithium, gold and copper. The pipeline scenario has been well served by both Dick Cheney and Condoleezza Rice who worked deals with Afghanistan during their tenure with Halliburton and Chevron, respectively.

  • What a difference a year makes

    SANTA FE — One year ago, in June 2009, Lt. Gov. Diane Denish was sitting in the catbird seat. She had announced for governor more than two years earlier and had already raised more than $2 million.

    A poll had just been published by Harstad Strategic Research of Boulder, Colo., showing Denish leading both Steve Pearce and Heather Wilson by identical 57-35 margins.

       Pearce and Wilson were both well known to voters statewide, better known than Denish, in fact. Both had given up their U.S. House seats to seek the Senate seat of the retiring Pete Domenici.