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Today's Opinions

  • Decorating the barbecue

    I rather enjoy making fun of so-called serious topics, recognizing the simple truth that most efforts in life are futile gestures and that we waste far too much time arguing the morality of dung beetles and the semantics of bingo games.  

    But as Memorial Day approaches, I take a more serious stance. I believe we need to take a hard look at what is really being commemorated on this holiday.  We need to remind ourselves what it means to “remember” the heroics of the faceless and nameless.

  • Immigration problem not easy to solve

    During a recent conversation about Arizona’s new law requiring proof of legal residency, I heard two statements which, I am sure, are being mindlessly echoed by too many Americans.

    “Ninety-five percent of crime in Arizona is committed by illegals.”

    Illegal immigrants are an estimated 7.9 percent of the population of Arizona. The assertion that they commit 95 percent of the crime in that state is a statistical improbability, if not impossibility.

    “Illegals smuggle drugs.”

  • Lifetime veneration is seldom justified

    There seems to be a growing move to name public facilities after deceased folks who have made some contribution to the facility or to the activity that has occurred in or at that facility. It is my opinion that honoring of the deceased is indeed appropriate when there is sufficient evidence that such an honor is deserved.

  • Congress’ servility is disgusting

    I found the display of servility by the U.S. Congress recently in front of the President of Mexico absolutely disgusting.

    Dave Carver

    Los Alamos

  • A different life for our children

    Mexico is a mess. More than a mess, really.  

    It’s a burning high rise of a nation.

    It’s on fire from top to bottom — from border to border. North to south.

    Mexico’s mix of corruption, crime, wealth, and poverty should make any thinking person north of the Rio Grande shudder about its future. And ours.

  • Cops, residents need boot heel cell access

    There ought to be a law, we sometimes say to ourselves when frustrated about something.

    Once in a while, we even pass a law. Maybe not quite the appropriate law, but hey.

  • Outdoor education: Why it matters

    In an earlier Monitor, Chick Keller lamented that an awesome pushback had been mounted against anthropogenic global warming (AGW) triggered by the revelation that extensively manipulated datasets had compromised fundamental temperature inputs to the climate modeling supporting the man-caused global warming argument.

  • Council action and petition precursor are instructive

    By concentrating on the subject material, council once again chose to look at the proposal in a manner, which avoided directly dealing with the underlying issue. The subject matter of any ordinance initiative or referendum initiative is but the tip of the iceberg.