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Today's Opinions

  • How towns promoted themselves back in the day

    When a friend gave me a stack of old New Mexico Magazines, I dove in.
    The articles were entertaining enough, but the ads were the real attention grabbers. After World War II, communities didn’t have many ways to promote themselves, so they touted their charms in the pages of the state’s magazine.
    Some wanted tourists: “Ruidoso, where outdoor fun follows the seasons around the year.”
    Others wanted residents: “Roswell, New Mexico, A Good Place to Visit – A Better Place to Live” and “Hobbs, The City with an Assured Future.”

  • Kids today: Idongedit

    Idongedit. It’s my students’ favorite word. You have to let it drip out of your mouth when you say it. Idongedit. And when you say it, it helps if you slowly tilt your head sideways, then look upwards and stare at the ceiling.  
    Anyway, that seems to be the correct protocol.
    It’s been a while since I’ve spewed out a tirade about the declining math skills in our country.  
    With the school year behind us, I thought now would be as good as time as any to rant (as if I need a special time to do that?).
    Okay, so now here’s one of my standard “somewhat related” stories.  

  • Developing the economy is more than recruiting

    We whine about being a federal colony, but, by God, protect those federal laboratories.
    Such ideas are what masquerades for deep thinking about the New Mexico economy.
    Recent presentations from Gov. Susana Martinez and Jon Barela, secretary of the Economic Development Department, have considered economic development.
    From both, the only specific was recruiting companies to the state.
    Recruiting is good and necessary, but for that to be the only topic massively misses the point.
    Recruiting companies, which is what “economic development” is about, is just part of developing the economy.
    Further, recruiting companies only matters at the margin for New Mexico’s 870,000 (or so) employees.

  • Time for realistic Middle East policy

    Last week I participated in a joint meeting of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to receive Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  
    This should have been a positive meeting with America’s strongest ally in the Middle East.  
    Instead, the tension in the room was palpable, because everyone there was conscious of President Obama’s speech on Israel last week.
    I was shocked to hear the President make the unprecedented suggestion that Israel should revert to its 1967 borders.  

  • Call to expand sports coverage

    I am writing to ask you if we could have a Los Alamos Middle School section in the sports section.
    This is because this year we had an outstanding football season, a  good cross country season and a pretty good track season. If we had a middle  school section in the sports section more people would know about our success.
    This addition might also boost customers for the Los Alamos Monitor.
    With this addition, we would also increase the awareness of the Los Alamos  community on what is going on around the middle school. With that I hope you at least consider putting a middle school section in the sports section.

    Christopher Bond
    Los Alamos

     

  • Water rates hike questioned

    In the May 26 edition of the Los Alamos Monitor, a front page story told us about how Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities wants to raise our water rates by 6 percent.
    I guess they need more money. But they are willing to spend $40 million to rebuild Trinity Drive.
    Recently I have seen several stories in the Los Alamos Monitor about how the schools and other local organizations do not have enough money for their budgets.
    It seems to me that the $40 million could be used in better ways.
     
    Melvin Prueitt
    Los Alamos

  • Troubled by Family Council's dilemma

    We were pleased to note the thorough and thought provoking story you published in the Los Alamos Monitor May 5, but we are troubled to be so informed of a major difficulty facing Los Alamos Family Council.  
    We are proud of the community services offered by LAFC for nearly 50 years, consisting primarily of counseling and youth programs. We cannot imagine the detriment to our community if LAFC closed its doors.    
    Youth Activity Centers in Los Alamos as well as in White Rock for  grades 3 -8 would be absent, as would be the counseling offered for low income families, remediation for alcohol and substance abuse,  family relationships, mental health, crisis line and other areas of  concern.

  • 2011 - So far so good

    This year continues on the path of solid gains, but it has certainly not been a smooth ride.
    Stocks and bonds have had to steer clear of geopolitical risks, budget issues, natural disasters and the ongoing debt crisis in Europe.
    In spite of these issues we have been able to generate positive returns.
    Stocks enjoyed their best first quarter in 15 years, but, the question is, will we be able to continue on this pace the rest of the year?
    Bonds hit some speed bumps in the first quarter, but low to middle single digit gains still looks possible. In any market, there are always opportunities, you just need to know where to look for them.