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Today's Opinions

  • Yes to A1/A2 based on positive results in Europe and elsewhere

    I favor Options A1 and A2 for Trinity Drive based on my positive experiences with roundabouts in Europe, New Zealand and here where Diamond Drive branches to Barranca and North mesas.  

  • Just A Wag 01-21-11

    Bob’s Bodacious is sold
    Owners Liz and Bob  Carlson have sold Bob’s Bodacious BBQ in the Hilltop Shopping Center on Arkansas Street to Pam and Frank Good of Florida.  
               
    LA to get more cultural
    Members from the Cultural Planning Group are concluding three days of meetings with local art organizations and anticipate creating a local cultural plan by late February.
              
    Send us your wags

  • Small business needs relief

    Before it vanishes into the vapor, mourned by almost no one, let me tell you about the Small Business Regulatory Relief Act.
    Promising title, wasn’t it?
    It could evaporate this year. It’s named in a long list of things to be repealed in HB 29, the 89-page bill that creates the proposed new Department of Commerce.
    The Small Business Regulatory Relief Act was enacted in 2005 (HB 869; you can read it on the New Mexico Legislature’s Web site).

  • Attending meetings aids understanding

  • Surge of letters express worry over Trinity Drive discussions

    Suddenly, in the last week, there has been a surge of letters to the editor with dire admonitions against making Trinity Drive a safer, more inviting, and better-performing roadway. One argument focuses on a perceived threat to local businesses, because some traffic may be diverted to Central. I wonder, have the alarmists stopped to consider on which road the majority of local businesses are located? Might there be a correlation between pedestrians feeling it’s safe to cross the street, and healthy sales?

  • T-Board opts for Option A1/A2

    On Nov. 17, the Transportation Board held a special meeting to hear the MIG consultants and county staff give a presentation and briefing regarding design options for NM502/Trinity Drive.  
    After considerable discussion, there was a consensus on the T-Board that Option A1/A2 of the MIG presentation appeared to best meet the identified goals for safety and access improvements for all of the many users and uses along the NM502/Trinity Drive corridor.

  • There's no free lunch

    It is easy to get caught up in the minutiae when it comes to economic policy. With the state facing a $400 million deficit and budget cuts in the offing, every special interest is busy coming up with their own economic analyses explaining why subsidies or regulations that serve their own interest will really benefit the public at large.
    The fact is that more often than not, simple logic is more useful than complex economic studies that are ultimately designed to justify a predetermined policy.

  • Reader finds Friday’s political cartoon to be offensive and tasteless

    I am writing to express my disgust and disappointment in the editorial cartoon that the Monitor chose to run on Friday.  
    It has been less than a week after the shootings in Tucson, with Rep. Giffords still in critical condition and several other victims still hospitalized.  
    In this context, to depict “The Left” — whatever that means — as a “madman, firing indiscriminately” at unspecified victims while there are actual victims of an actual shooting rampage is nauseating.