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Today's Opinions

  • Developing the economy is more than recruiting

    We whine about being a federal colony, but, by God, protect those federal laboratories.
    Such ideas are what masquerades for deep thinking about the New Mexico economy.
    Recent presentations from Gov. Susana Martinez and Jon Barela, secretary of the Economic Development Department, have considered economic development.
    From both, the only specific was recruiting companies to the state.
    Recruiting is good and necessary, but for that to be the only topic massively misses the point.
    Recruiting companies, which is what “economic development” is about, is just part of developing the economy.
    Further, recruiting companies only matters at the margin for New Mexico’s 870,000 (or so) employees.

  • Time for realistic Middle East policy

    Last week I participated in a joint meeting of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to receive Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  
    This should have been a positive meeting with America’s strongest ally in the Middle East.  
    Instead, the tension in the room was palpable, because everyone there was conscious of President Obama’s speech on Israel last week.
    I was shocked to hear the President make the unprecedented suggestion that Israel should revert to its 1967 borders.  

  • Call to expand sports coverage

    I am writing to ask you if we could have a Los Alamos Middle School section in the sports section.
    This is because this year we had an outstanding football season, a  good cross country season and a pretty good track season. If we had a middle  school section in the sports section more people would know about our success.
    This addition might also boost customers for the Los Alamos Monitor.
    With this addition, we would also increase the awareness of the Los Alamos  community on what is going on around the middle school. With that I hope you at least consider putting a middle school section in the sports section.

    Christopher Bond
    Los Alamos

     

  • Water rates hike questioned

    In the May 26 edition of the Los Alamos Monitor, a front page story told us about how Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities wants to raise our water rates by 6 percent.
    I guess they need more money. But they are willing to spend $40 million to rebuild Trinity Drive.
    Recently I have seen several stories in the Los Alamos Monitor about how the schools and other local organizations do not have enough money for their budgets.
    It seems to me that the $40 million could be used in better ways.
     
    Melvin Prueitt
    Los Alamos

  • Troubled by Family Council's dilemma

    We were pleased to note the thorough and thought provoking story you published in the Los Alamos Monitor May 5, but we are troubled to be so informed of a major difficulty facing Los Alamos Family Council.  
    We are proud of the community services offered by LAFC for nearly 50 years, consisting primarily of counseling and youth programs. We cannot imagine the detriment to our community if LAFC closed its doors.    
    Youth Activity Centers in Los Alamos as well as in White Rock for  grades 3 -8 would be absent, as would be the counseling offered for low income families, remediation for alcohol and substance abuse,  family relationships, mental health, crisis line and other areas of  concern.

  • 2011 - So far so good

    This year continues on the path of solid gains, but it has certainly not been a smooth ride.
    Stocks and bonds have had to steer clear of geopolitical risks, budget issues, natural disasters and the ongoing debt crisis in Europe.
    In spite of these issues we have been able to generate positive returns.
    Stocks enjoyed their best first quarter in 15 years, but, the question is, will we be able to continue on this pace the rest of the year?
    Bonds hit some speed bumps in the first quarter, but low to middle single digit gains still looks possible. In any market, there are always opportunities, you just need to know where to look for them.

  • Kudos to PEEC for all the help

    We would like to thank the Pajarito Environmental Education Center for providing a platform and a set of amazing volunteers for the Art Swap last weekend.  
    PEEC helped the community recycle tables and trunks full of art supplies, and gave new inspiration to everyone who came through the doors.   
    Special thanks to all who set up tables as well.  
    What a difference you’ve  made!

    Karen Wray’s Fine Art Gallery
    Village Arts

     

  • Let's think about putting an overpass above Trinity Drive

    I’ve been reading the letters about the proposed changes to Trinity Drive; listened to people talking on the street; listened to county council meetings and agree there is a load of 11th hour people coming out; offering mostly complaints and not solutions.
    My question: Has anyone looked at instead of making Trinity smaller by adding  roundabouts that potentially cause emergency vehicles inability to get to their destinations timely, to put in overpasses that will allow even those with physical handicaps access?  I’ve seen them in several places in Albuquerque so they must work. After all the ones on Diamond Drive seem to work pretty good and we aren’t putting roundabouts there.