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Today's Opinions

  • Petitions are signed for so many reasons

    Councilor Vincent Chiravalle introduced an ordinance that calls for resurrecting the demolished county building at Ashley Pond. He believes his constituents “feel strongly about this issue” because 1,600 of them signed Richard Hannemann’s petition supporting the same.

  • The '87 truck isn't that swank

    I came to a sharp fork in the deeply rutted road of my life this fall.
    I had to decide if I would continue to limp around on Saturdays in my beloved but inefficient ’87 pickup, or sell it off to some poor soul in more need of it than I.
    My eight cylinder American-made truck has a relatively small engine in it, the most petite offered in its day.
    Still, you can feel the engine torque the body of the truck when you turn it on. Perhaps that’s why is gets only about a dozen miles to the gallon, and that’s at 50 mph with a strong tail wind.

  • Match employees with the right job to reap a win-win

    When it comes to hiring people, small businesses usually don’t have the resources of large corporations, which have human resources specialists who are trained to recruit employees and to monitor their performance with regular performance appraisals.
    A small-business owner usually has to rely on gut instincts, observation and pointed questions when hiring a new employee and thereafter has to monitor how the employee is doing to make sure she is a good fit for the job and is performing at the height of her abilities.

  • Appointees skate on thin ice

    Being a state employee at a time like this is no fun. The vast majority of state payrollers are protected by the state Personnel Act, which prevents new administrations from firing everyone as was the case before 1961.
    Although classified employees know they can’t be fired without cause, they still are very uneasy during a change in administration. It’s especially stressful when it involves a change in political party as it has during the last five gubernatorial elections.

  • Let truth, sensibility, common sense prevail

    In regards to the situating of the new Los Alamos Municipal Building, I would like to state that truth, sensibility and common sense does not require a “smoke from the hookah pipe!” (Nov. 10 Hannemann letter).
    Concerned, responsible, reasonable, farsighted, astute and financially aware citizens of Los Alamos County fully recognize the wiseness of building this structure on the presently cleared and (correctly) zoned Central Avenue site.

  • Muni building saga becoming theater of the absurd

    Even for a town as notably fractious and full of highly opinionated people as this one, the municipal building issue is becoming absurd.  
    The county council chartered a whole citizen’s group to study this issue, and they met repeatedly, held public meetings, solicited input at public events and coordinated carefully with the county administration about the county’s needs, which, not surprisingly, are a lot different than they were when the original municipal building was built more than 40 years ago.  

  • This post is powerful

    Ray Powell’s winning campaign to “clean up the State Land Office” paralleled Susana Martinez’s winning campaign to clean up Santa Fe.
    Outgoing State Land Commissioner Pat Lyons groused, like the outgoing chief executive, that the candidate was campaigning against him and not the opponent.
    True on both counts.
    The campaign for state land commissioner, largely overshadowed by drama higher on the ballot, deserved more attention because it’s probably New Mexico’s second most powerful position.

  • Namesake’s heir asks residents to spare pond park

    When I look at old photos of Ashley Pond, I love the simplicity of the place.  
    Over the years, this pond has had many uses and is an open and green place in the middle of what is now becoming more and more of a congested area.
    While, the pond will never be as it once was, I would hope that the people of Los Alamos would vote not to have anymore buildings in this area.  
    It is a park and I would encourage everyone to keep it as a park with open space.

    Joan Pond
    Ashley Pond’s grandaughter
    Rio Rancho