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Today's Opinions

  • Mud-splattered voters will decide

    During his 1848 run for president, Gen. Zachary Taylor was pilloried as “a military autocrat,” “semi-illiterate,” “a cruel slavemaster,” “greedy” and given to cussing out underlings.

    Old Zach subsequently groused that he had been besmirched by “the vilest slanders of the most unprincipled demagogues this or any other nation was ever cursed with…”

  • Avid hiker can’t give enough praise

    I love Los Alamos! I love the mountains that surround us; folding us in their majestic embrace.
    I love the fresh mountain air and the fluffy white clouds that daily dance across the blue, blue sky.
    I love Central Avenue with the flower pots, groups of people enjoying the company of friends along with a cup of coffee at Starbucks, the colorful trolley stopping to pick up passengers and the chance encounter with an old friend.
    My walker and I stroll east down the way, dropping in here and there to check out what’s for sale or what’s not.

  • School library remarks deemed achingly obvious

    The recent remarks of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan about school libraries reflects his belief that school libraries are important.
    “We recognize the dire straits of tough economic times and the stress the states are under,” he said. “We don’t want people to take a step backwards and there are all kinds of documented studies that show where you have healthy and strong and vibrant libraries with librarians staffing them students do better, they read better, their test scores go up.”

  • Kaleidoscope comments

    Kaleidoscope is my TV guide and I do read other the articles: “An Inside Look at Nuclear Weapons” was really interesting (we do live in Los  Alamos). I also appreciate your list of books on the “Best Sellers” list each week as well as many of the other articles. I hope you will keep Kaleidoscope coming on Thursdays.

    Carole Travis
    White Rock

    Thank you for asking before changing another aspect of the Monitor.  The service of providing a weekly TV listing is very helpful.

  • ‘Super’ Susana

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s gubernatorial contest has become Susana Martinez’s race to lose. Lt. Gov. Diane Denish can still win it but unless Martinez stumbles over a pile of kryptonite, she’s the favorite.
    Yes, I said kryptonite. I realize that is Superman’s nemesis but I can’t recall what weakens Wonder Woman. And Wonder Woman is what I am christening Susana Martinez.

  • Los Alamos hosts a vibrant community of music groups

    Your August 26th issue of Kaleidoscope featured a nice article about the Los Alamos Piano Quartet’s upcoming Brown Bag Concert.  
    However, the headline on the Kaleidoscope cover incorrectly identified the presenter of this concert as the Los Alamos Concert Association.  
    The presenter is actually the Los Alamos Arts Council as noted correctly in the article.
     This community is fortunate to have a host of musical ensembles and presenters providing a rich assortment of local entertainment and performing opportunities.  

  • Lessons from Colorado

    During a visit to relatives in Colorado, I found their governor’s race far more entertaining than ours. In fact, the political theater doesn’t get much better, and it sheds some light on why ours is so frustrating.

  • Bandelier visitor center reopening unveils new facility

    For anyone in town who hasn’t heard yet, there’s been a big project going on at Bandelier, and it just finished up.
    After the visitor center being closed for almost a year for updating, it’s open now, just waiting for our neighbors in town to come and see.  
    The new movie is beautiful, high def, in a totally new theater with a huge screen and great sound.  
    The bookstore has a comfortable new space, no longer crowded into the lobby.