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Today's Opinions

  • I'm living with it, not dying from it

    What happens when a cheerleader loses her pom-poms, or a Wall Street protester loses their sign, or Tigger just loses his bounce.
    All of us, when pushed to the limit, lose our hope, our drive, our energy.
    In the face of a cancer diagnosis, there can be courage, determination and cockiness in the face of adversity, but fighting cancer is no picnic, and it consumes all your strength. So what happens when it consumes your life, when you live with cancer as a chronic disease ... when you’ve just been diagnosed with cancer for the third time in five years.
    Then life can suddenly seem as though its determined to undermine you, and the only thing to do is throw in the towel and say, “oh well, I guess I’m just screwed.”

  • PAYT is harmful and inequitable

    In the Nov. 3 Los Alamos Monitor, there is a View Point discussing claimed environmental benefits for the “Pay-As-You-Throw” (PAYT) rate structure for trash pickup.
    Contrary to the conclusion of that writer, the PAYT system is an environmentally harmful system and is also inequitable for the following reasons:

  • Calling loudly for change

    It’s no coincidence that the big banks backed away from new debit card fees.
    The Occupy Wall Street protesters are just one manifestation of broad discontent.
    The Occupy phenomenon is fascinating on several levels.
    Journalists write every day about wrongs and injustice, hoping that somebody will care enough (or be embarrassed enough by the glare of publicity) to do something.
    We’ve seen the poor catalogued in increasing numbers, and we know food banks and nonprofits are scrambling to care for them.
    We also know – and Warren Buffett confirms – that the wealthy get a pretty good shake, taxwise.

  • Forecast has glimmer

    The New Mexico economy is not “rocketing” to recovery, claims by headlines in Albuquerque notwithstanding. Nor is any explosive takeoff expected.
    Growing some is what the state is doing. That is expected to continue, though getting back to 2 percent annual job growth isn’t even in the intermediate-term cards, much less being a near-term prospect.
    This modest assessment of the state comes from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, the Department of Workforce Solutions and from the state’s consensus revenue estimate, released Oct. 19 by the Legislative Finance Committee.
    Mark Snead, Denver-based vice president and branch executive for the Kansas City Fed, has the happy situation of not being bound by other guys’ numbers.

  • Pool would enhance community

    I highly recommend a “YES” vote for the leisure pool as an addition to the amenities offered by Los Alamos County to the community as a whole.  I am a taxpayer, a voter and a resident. My husband and I share 16 grandchildren, we are teachers and aquatic center members.
    We are of retirement age, even if we are still working.  We exercise daily. I had a hip replacement and the joy I derive from swimming can only be enhanced by the addition of this planned pool.  So many people in their 60s, 70s and 80s gain from having a place to soak, relax and exercise without placing greater stress on their replaced or original joints. Los Alamos would be an even better retirement choice, if this pool were to be built.

  • Anguish over unleashed dog’s fatal attack

    Our precious, loving and well-loved puppy Sally Rose had to be euthanized Sunday Oct. 30 after she was viciously  attacked by a free-roaming big dog  about 9 am. on the public sidewalk on the south side  of San Ildefonso between Camino Durasnilla and Camino Uva.
    Ann was  walking Sally on a short regular leash (NOT a retractable version) with Sally on the sidewalk doing nothing but walking and sniffing the ground when a very  big dog lunged out of the bushes by the sidewalk and grabbed Sally, trying to pull  her into the bushes,  thrashing her, obviously intent from the onset on killing her.

  • Brief pair of negatives on county issues

    I disagree with George Chandler regarding Sheriff Marco Lucero. I think it is great that he wants to continue law enforcement activities for which he is properly trained and I hope that the LAPD can find a way to utilize his qualifications legally and maximally. Don’t we need all the help we can get?
    I disagree with the County Council on the advisability of the current bond election regarding the Leisure Pool addition to the Walkup Aquatic Center. Much as I support the addition, I almost voted against the bond issue because I think the funds should come out of our GRT excess rather than our property taxes.
    Which makes the point that a “no” vote does not necessarily mean opposition to the leisure pool addition itself.

  • Letters 11-03-11

    As you roll your 48-gallon trash roll cart down the driveway to deposit it at the curb, do you ever wonder why you are being charged the same fee per month as your neighbor who has a 96-gallon cart overflowing with trash?  
    There is another option, and it is known as a Pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) solid waste rate structure.  
    With a PAYT rate system residents are charged for trash services based on how much waste they put out every week for disposal.  
    By charging for trash services based on roll cart size, a more equitable rate structure is created.  Also, residents are given a financial incentive to reduce trash.