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Today's Opinions

  • Small scale bold changes appear

    Consider this column a memo to New Mexico’s new public education boss, Hanna Skandera.
    When thinking about system change, don’t think about reform. The trap is that words mean something. “Reform,” by definition, accepts the current system and proposes betterment by tweaking.
    Mere “reform” of our public schools won’t get the job done, Ms. Skandera.

  • Readers speak out on Trinity project

    If this seems like “deja vu all over again,” it is.  Five years ago, county planning came forward with a concept that involved installing three large roundabouts, back-to-back on Diamond Drive.
    Fortunately, the councilors listened to the public outcry,  backed off this pretentious plan and it was shelved.

  • Looking for answers

    The transportation board is having the council vote Jan. 25 to change Trinity Drive from four lanes to two lanes with 8-10 roundabouts between Oppenheimer and East Gate.
    What to do?
    E-mail our councilors (their e-mail addresses are in the Sunday Monitor).
    Speak up before the council votes on the above proposal. (Before you go to the council meeting, make sure you will be allowed to speak.)
    You too, can write a letter to the editor, as I have done.

  • More on the Arizona tragedy

    The horrific events of Tucson  are still much in focus as many try to make sense of what happened,
    It seems clear a deranged young man is responsible and he alone.
    But as the attack took place on a (moderate) politician, it is not surprising that, in what was a political act,  many have focused on the toxic rhetoric that pervades our media and political discourse.

  • Gov’s prosecutorial roots surface

    During the recent campaign, New Mexicans heard a great deal from their Republican and Democratic gubernatorial candidates, Susana Martinez and Diane Denish, about the proposals they would submit to the 2011 legislature for dealing with the state’s wickedly unbalanced budget.
    Those proposals, with variations on themes, boiled down to promises neither to hike taxes nor to cut spending on education and Medicaid. Hardly anyone versed in the realities of New Mexico’s budget woes considered the candidates’ budget balancing notions in the least plausible.  

  • New Mexico needs clean economy with new jobs from new industry

    Gov. Susana Martinez thinks polluting our air and water supplies creates jobs. She seems to think that New Mexico’s old-fashioned economy built largely on the oil industry in two corners of the state is just fine as she’s moving to snuff out our emerging high tech economy based on green energy. New Mexico is one of the poorest states in the U.S. and Martinez plans to keep us that way.

  • Bravo LAHS Symphonic Strings for ace All-State performance

    Congratulations to the Los Alamos High School Symphonic Strings and their director Michael Gyurick for their Popejoy performance in Albuquerque at the New Mexico Educators Association All-State Music Conference Jan. 6.
    The group was selected by audition tape as the Conference’s Honor Orchestra for 2011. From the lively opening of Gustav Holst’s “St. Paul’s Suite for String Orchestra,” to the spirited Aaron Copland “Hoe Down,” the students performed with opulent tone and youthful exuberance.

  • Freedom not protected

    Americans take religious liberty for granted. Unfortunately, this most fundamental freedom is not protected in many countries around the world.
    Religious liberty is the proverbial canary in the mine. If a state won’t respect this most basic freedom of conscience, it isn’t likely to respect people’s lives and dignity in any context.
    There is more than enough bad news to fill the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom’s latest annual report. Worst of all were the conditions in 13 “countries of particular concern.”