Today's Opinions

  • Accessing federal funds

    The next-best thing to free money is available through two federal programs for small businesses involved in technology and innovation.
    The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program – the larger of the two – grants money to small and startup businesses to develop products, technology or services that solve pressing problems in agriculture, defense, education, energy, transportation, the environment, space exploration, health and other areas.

  • Pull plug on water bill, appoint state engineer

    Water hasn’t gotten much legislative attention this year. Maybe that’s why one bill with far reaching consequences has passed its first committee.
    HB 109 would allow water permit applicants who disagree with the state engineer’s initial decisions to appeal directly to district court. In other words, a dissatisfied applicant could bypass practice and precedent and see if the courts would hand down a more favorable decision.

  • PRC needs to get a grip

    At the height of the bitter cold that left tens of thousands of New Mexicans without heat in their homes and workplaces last month, the Village of Taos sent out a plaintive news release updating the gravity of the situation.
    “With temperatures again dropping, and communications from Taos’ community constituents becoming ever more urgent,” the release said, “Taosons are advised to take care of themselves…”
    Translated: Folks, you’re on your own.

  • Knowing which type of insurance is best

    When it comes to insurance, many people face the Goldilocks dilemma: Am I buying too much coverage, not enough, or just the right amount?
    How do you determine your proper insurance levels while ensuring you don’t waste money on unneeded coverage – or worse, leave your family exposed?

  • Sharing road spells safety

    A Five feet to Pass bill is making its way through the New Mexico legislature and hopefully will become law.
    I am a cyclist. I am part of a small minority that ride bicycles for exercise, fitness and enjoyment.  Northern New Mexico, while a beautiful place to ride, has roads that are notorious for having inadequate shoulders or no shoulders at all, forcing bicyclists to ride in the traffic lane.

  • Age should not impact importance of teams

    The sports page for the Los Alamos Monitor has all the high school sports and stats but usually doesn’t have the middle school sports. 

    Why is that? Just because we are a few years younger doesn’t mean our teams are any less important. 

  • Marketing for the times

    Many business owners remain unsure how to market their companies online, even though they know that today’s consumers use the Internet to research products and decide what and where to buy. 

  • Emotion trumps sense

    We need a new State Question. Instead of, “Red or Green?” it should be, “How’re we gonna pay for that?”