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Today's Opinions

  • 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

  • Current Trinity plan a monumental mistake

    There has been much talk about how the Trinity Site Revitalization Project has the potential to change our community forever. I have no doubt that it will. I am less convinced that the changes will be positive.

  • More hits than misses

     New Mexico voters did their usual good job separating the wheat from the chaff when it came to the questions at the end of the November ballot.
    Predictably, they gave a sound thrashing to two constitutional amendments designed to give politicians a longer leash. They gave our veterans a couple more breaks. And they sent a message to our higher education system that it is getting out of hand.

  • Lab retirees owed big debt of gratitude for endeavors

    I am writing to object to ideas presented by your Guest Columnist in Wednesday’s edition.  
    Ms. Dannemann’s thesis that laboratory retirees owe a continuing debt to New Mexico, due to the fact that taxpayers funded their compensation over their careers, is indicative of a misunderstanding of the role of the laboratory in this nation’s security and defense.  

  • Take time to vote no on nonsensical issue

    This bamboozled person of the public is neither mystified nor confused. He is, to the contrary, intelligent enough to understand the idea of replicating - oh, sorry, “rebuilding” - a nearly 50-year-old municipal building that was inefficient and ineffective from the get-go is not only ill-informed and ill-conceived, it is sheer nonsense.
    Los Alamos, I trust your intelligence. My only concern is you won’t want to waste your valuable time on this nonsensical issue and will therefore neglect to sign and return your ballot in December.

  • Old muni building garnered little more than a yawn

    I’m bemused by the thought that the old municipal building was so iconic that people are pining for a remake of it. Really? There have been some iconic buildings in Los Alamos that honor decades of style - Fuller Lodge, homes on Bathtub Row, the long-gone Sundts, Denver Steels, the A-frame church on Arkansas, the IMC at Los Alamos High School, the guard tower at what used to be the main gate, the LANB building, and more recently, the many new or remodeled homes that rose from the Cerro Grande fire ashes.

  • For those who so proudly served: A tribute on Veterans Day

    This intangible thing we call freedom is interpreted differently by just about every individual, but one aspect that’s not open for debate is that we enjoy freedom because of the sacrifices made by countless men and women of our armed forces. We must never question that freedom is worth fighting for, and dying for. That very concept was the genesis of the United States of America.