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Today's Opinions

  • At one time or another, we are all poor

    In a letter to the Monitor on Dec. 1, Don Willerton requested more information about who the poor in Los Alamos are. It is easier to answer his question by discussing who the poor are not. “The poor” are not victims of their own personal choices. Poverty, despite the myths we tell ourselves so we can try to sleep better at night, is not a punishment for personal failures and bad life choices. It is neither the result of laziness, nor of the lack of motivation or responsibility.

  • New place for Police Beat appreciated

    Thank you for listening to your readership and moving the police blotter with its mug shots off the front page.

    Kathryn Willcutt

    Los Alamos

  • Must everything be disrupted?

    Last week, President Obama and his family lit the national Christmas tree.  Any moment now we can expect the Alliance for Perpetual Discord and Division, (Beck, Boehner, Coulter, Limbaugh, et al.) to proclaim that he did it wrong.

     

    Jan Novak

    Los Alamos

  • Mother Nature as a record keeper

    As a record-keeper, I’m pathetic. I often can’t keep track of where my checkbook is, let alone the balance in the account. The chief problem determining the balance isn’t my arithmetic skills, it’s that I don’t enter all the checks that I write for merchants in the ledger. No wonder the amount I show I have becomes a tad different from what the bank feels I have in my account.

    As I say, I’m not a good record-keeper.  

  • Americans flock to SNAP food program

       There are more people hungry in New Mexico, and all over the U.S., than since the Great Depression.

    “I always thought people on public assistance were lazy, but it helps me know I can feed my kids,” said Tyrone Mangold, a laid-off jackhammer operator in Ohio quoted in a recent The New York Times investigative report on hunger.

  • Denish’s spending reforms prompt questions

         SANTA FE – Lt. Gov. Diane Denish has unveiled fiscal reform proposals designed to save New Mexico millions of dollars. It is a three-part proposal. She advocates an end to double-dipping, in which retirees return to work and collect a paycheck in addition to their state retirement check.

  • Do we need government involved in health care?

    Our legislators are currently debating the future of healthcare in the United States, but behind the healthcare bills is the deeper question if we really need the government’s involvement in every area of our lives. When addressing that issue today, we must first remember how it has been answered in the past. Universal healthcare is a recent phenomenon, but the US is one of the few remaining developed nations without it. This is probably due to our founders, and the distrust they had of government.

  • 12 ideas for greening the holidays

    Wondering how to deck the halls with GREEN gift ideas this holiday season? At PEEC we brainstormed our favorite green gifts and came up with a list to share.