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Today's Opinions

  • Forecast has glimmer

    The New Mexico economy is not “rocketing” to recovery, claims by headlines in Albuquerque notwithstanding. Nor is any explosive takeoff expected.
    Growing some is what the state is doing. That is expected to continue, though getting back to 2 percent annual job growth isn’t even in the intermediate-term cards, much less being a near-term prospect.
    This modest assessment of the state comes from the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, the Department of Workforce Solutions and from the state’s consensus revenue estimate, released Oct. 19 by the Legislative Finance Committee.
    Mark Snead, Denver-based vice president and branch executive for the Kansas City Fed, has the happy situation of not being bound by other guys’ numbers.

  • Pool would enhance community

    I highly recommend a “YES” vote for the leisure pool as an addition to the amenities offered by Los Alamos County to the community as a whole.  I am a taxpayer, a voter and a resident. My husband and I share 16 grandchildren, we are teachers and aquatic center members.
    We are of retirement age, even if we are still working.  We exercise daily. I had a hip replacement and the joy I derive from swimming can only be enhanced by the addition of this planned pool.  So many people in their 60s, 70s and 80s gain from having a place to soak, relax and exercise without placing greater stress on their replaced or original joints. Los Alamos would be an even better retirement choice, if this pool were to be built.

  • Anguish over unleashed dog’s fatal attack

    Our precious, loving and well-loved puppy Sally Rose had to be euthanized Sunday Oct. 30 after she was viciously  attacked by a free-roaming big dog  about 9 am. on the public sidewalk on the south side  of San Ildefonso between Camino Durasnilla and Camino Uva.
    Ann was  walking Sally on a short regular leash (NOT a retractable version) with Sally on the sidewalk doing nothing but walking and sniffing the ground when a very  big dog lunged out of the bushes by the sidewalk and grabbed Sally, trying to pull  her into the bushes,  thrashing her, obviously intent from the onset on killing her.

  • Brief pair of negatives on county issues

    I disagree with George Chandler regarding Sheriff Marco Lucero. I think it is great that he wants to continue law enforcement activities for which he is properly trained and I hope that the LAPD can find a way to utilize his qualifications legally and maximally. Don’t we need all the help we can get?
    I disagree with the County Council on the advisability of the current bond election regarding the Leisure Pool addition to the Walkup Aquatic Center. Much as I support the addition, I almost voted against the bond issue because I think the funds should come out of our GRT excess rather than our property taxes.
    Which makes the point that a “no” vote does not necessarily mean opposition to the leisure pool addition itself.

  • Letters 11-03-11

    As you roll your 48-gallon trash roll cart down the driveway to deposit it at the curb, do you ever wonder why you are being charged the same fee per month as your neighbor who has a 96-gallon cart overflowing with trash?  
    There is another option, and it is known as a Pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) solid waste rate structure.  
    With a PAYT rate system residents are charged for trash services based on how much waste they put out every week for disposal.  
    By charging for trash services based on roll cart size, a more equitable rate structure is created.  Also, residents are given a financial incentive to reduce trash.  

  • Crisis in rural America

    The U.S. Postal Service study on closing some 3,700 post offices in the nation poses a real crisis for rural America.
    The problem is an $8 billion budget deficit. New Mexico has 54 of those target post offices. Hearings currently are being held to determine which offices should be cut.
    Rural post offices are more than just a place to pick up mail. They are locations to congregate and see your neighbors at the appointed time when the mail truck is scheduled to arrive.
    Driving to the nearest open post office can take hours and be impossible in the winter.
    The only thing worse is losing a school house. School closings began in New Mexico in the late 1940s.

  • Sitting on our historical assets

    In Texas for work and play, we see the scorched mesquite remaining from their wildfires.
    Hundreds of miles of dead trees guarantee more fires to come. But the icy fingers of the recession haven’t chilled Texas as they have New Mexico.
    As usual, I can’t resist studying how Texas does things – in this case, tourism.
    I’m here to see Fort Griffin, or what’s left of it, perched above the Clear Fork of the Brazos.
    The grounds are spacious and even include a small herd of Texas longhorns.
    “They’re just big puppy dogs,” says the visitor center staffer, who assures us we can just walk around them.
    Every fort has a story to tell, but they’re not just a history lesson.

  • Expert advocates new pool

    The leisure pool addition to the Aquatic Center is a true multi-generational facility.
    As a Red Cross Water Safety instructor/trainer for 25 years in Los Alamos, I have some considerable experience in the teaching of basic swimming techniques through life saving, to the very young as well as the senior citizenry.  
    Too many times have I heard “it is too cold — I am going to leave.”  
    All ages will have the warm temperature to water-walk or swim and take a swim class with relaxed, pliant muscles in water temperature conducive to learning.  
    Therefore I am asking that all residents to seriously consider this election and vote YES for this leisure pool addition.

    Rosemary O’Connor