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Today's Opinions

  • Broadband Internet can play major role

    As we focus our attention on creating jobs, we should acknowledge an important resource that can further our efforts to employ residents here in New Mexico.
    That resource is broadband Internet and it can play a huge role in stimulating employment.
    Internet is the main tool my company uses to generate income and growth.
    In fact, without broadband Internet, my company would not exist.
    We are a restaurant marketing and delivery service based in Albuquerque and we market and coordinate delivery of food from mom and pop shops to individuals and companies.
    Using broadband Internet, we take orders, call restaurants to confirm orders and then email orders to drivers’ cell phones for them to pick up and deliver.

  • Much is owed to Beverly Agnew

    In John Hopkins’ tribute to Bev Agnew in Tuesday’s Los Alamos Monitor, he mentioned her contributions to the community during the time she and Harold made their home in  Los Alamos.
    There was one contribution, which for the past 44 years has made everyone’s life in Los Alamos better and happier.  
    In 1966, Fuller Lodge, which had been operated by the Atomic Energy Commission as an inn and restaurant, closed down and was replaced by the privately operated Los Alamos Inn across Trinity Drive.
    A decision then had to be made regarding  the future of Fuller Lodge, an elderly but historic building.  

  • Steve Jobs vs. free market

    The death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, who was well and justly eulogized in the national media, offers perspective on the meaning of the free market.
    Jobs became an icon of the free market by creating products that people bought because they wanted them.
    But many of today’s most attractive opportunities to get rich are not in the free market at all, and this is noteworthy in the national debate on the future of tax policy and the economy.
    It’s argued that taxes on the wealthy should not be increased because if they keep their money, they will, through the free market, create the jobs.

  • Options to save Medicaid

    Everybody wants to save Medicaid.
    It’s the goal of Human Services Secretary Sidonie Squier and advocacy groups like Health Action New Mexico.
    But how they go about it sounds like a TV doctor show, with surgeons squabbling over a patient lying open on the table.
    A new study suggests savings in the program that covers the poor and disabled, without cutting.
    First, the numbers: One in four New Mexicans relies on Medicaid.
    In 2014, thanks to the president’s Affordable Care Act, the state could see 130,000 to 175,000 new enrollees, which will cost $330 million to $660 million more.
    However, the federal government will pay all of that cost for the first three years and 90 percent after that.

  • A little money goes far

    What could you do with $32.35? You and a friend could go out for a green-chile cheeseburger at the Blue Window, share a desert, and leave a really stingy tip.  
    You could get 10 gallons of regular gas (hurry, though, prices are set to go up again next  week.)
    How about 40 pounds of gourmet bird seed at Metzgers?
    Here’s my favorite investment, $32.35 is almost enough — for two 25-pound bags of sweet potato/herring cat food at Pet Pangaea.  
    Or you and the whole community could build a leisure pool.
    The leisure pool will be a permanent asset to our town, and it wouldn’t be just for me, or just for you, or just for your birds or cats.  

  • Can't get out of town fast enough

    After reading the column that states “Our View,” which I seriously doubt reflects everyone’s opinion at the Los Alamos Monitor, therefore it should be “My View,”  I feel I must respond.  
    The idea that a leisure pool is going to keep our “young” people in town is ludicrous!  I have lived here all my life and it’s not by choice.  If, or when I can, a new Leisure Pool is certainly not going to keep me here.  
    This town is too expensive to live in and another proposal to make it even more expensive only drives me to strive harder to get out.

  • Two decades in the making

    For the last 20 years, local resident Fredrica Smith has been championing changes at the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center so that it could be a multi-functional facility — better suited to meet the needs of all residents and across all generations — not just those wishing to swim exercise laps or join in competitive swim meets.  
    If you’ve been to the aquatic center, you know that the pool is not well suited for small children.
    Not long after the pool opened, and well before Los Alamos National Security (LANS) began paying gross receipts taxes to Los Alamos County, Fredrica and a group of supporters established a private fund and looked at several options to construct a leisure pool.

  • Consider voting yes on pool

    Los Alamos has been well served by the Aquatic Center.  Now we have the opportunity to enhance the Aquatic Center and the quality of life for the community by voting yes in the special election for a leisure pool addition.
    A dream of many “Blue Whale” supporters has been the addition of a leisure pool. For more than 20 years, contributions have been collected to support this effort.
    The pool offers opportunities for swim lessons, warm water therapy, lap swimming, international high altitude team trainings and state swimming meets, all of which benefit our community. I have participated in many of these activities and seen the positive impact county wide.