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Today's Opinions

  • In the off chance that you were wondering...

    I had an interesting inquiry recently from a local citizen wanting to understand the relationship between the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  
    The Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce is an entirely distinct and independent entity from either the state or national Chamber of Commerce.

  • Using credibility criterion at polls

    This is to recommend a litmus test for the credibility of political candidates.

  • Reforming state government

    Asked last week who she supported for governor, a small businesswoman in Eagle Nest responded, “I hate them both! Get off the TV and let me watch my shows!”
    By now, more than a few people feel that way.
    We don’t care where Susana Martinez grew up. We don’t care about Diane Denish’s Christmas cards. Be assured that Martinez can’t give our water to Texas, even if she wanted to, and that the conflict-of-interest story about Denish’s husband is fiction.

  • Heather Wilson encourages vote

    I’ve known Jeannette Wallace for almost 20 years.   Los Alamos and its environs are fortunate to have her as a state representative and I encourage your readers to vote for her again this year.
    Before I served in the Congress, I was a cabinet secretary in state government. Jeannette served on one of the committees where I regularly had to appear to explain our budget and programs and I got to know her.  

  • Support for Richard and the Los Alamos Firefighter’s Union

    I follow politics from the safety of my home. On occasion I will send a few dollars to a chosen candidate and always vote. Not much more than that.
    This year is different!
    Disturbing trends at the national level have me very concerned for the direction our democracy is taking. Getting involved in the footwork of politics has not been my way.
    This election is different!

  • Wallace is part of us

    Jeannette Wallace has been part of Los Alamos and this region for half a century. She raised her family here and has volunteered her time and energy to civic activities for decades. She served three terms on our county council.

  • Considering amendments and bonds is direct vote on issues

    This year, New Mexicans have the opportunity to vote on five constitutional amendments and four bond issues in addition to all the state and local candidates on the ballot.
    You may feel it a bother to read the small print on the reverse side of the ballot but this is the one part of state government in which citizens actually get a direct vote on issues facing the state.
    The rest of the ballot is just voting on the people who will make all the decisions for us.

  • Correction/Clarification

    The Monitor has learned that there were some factual inaccuracies in a letter to the editor that was published in the Oct. 21 edition under the headline: Judicial candidate’s judgment called into question.
    The letter from Amy Storey stated: “Additionally his (Gary Ahlers) large election signs have two problems. They do not indicate on the sign who paid for it, as is required. And according to the Sign Permit Application, political signs may be no larger than two square feet.”