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Today's Opinions

  • History may shed bit of light on testy topic

    The howls of protest recently over roundabouts on NM 502 are reminiscent of when the roundabout was proposed for the four way stop at San Ildefonso Road and Diamond Drive (2000?).
    At that time, morning traffic regularly backed up to the top of North Mesa and halfway up Barranca, and a vehicle fatality had recently occurred there, too.  
    Roundabout detractors regaled the community with predictions of total traffic collapse and pedestrian slaughter if a roundabout was constructed.

  • Los Alamos is one wacky town in which to reside

    There must be something in the water, as Los Alamos plays Whack a Wacko instead of Whack a Mole.  First we’ve got a guy who wants to help Hugo Chavez build a nuclear reactor.  
    Then we’ve got a guy who’s so enamored of an obsolete white elephant of a municipal building that he’s named the as yet to be designed new one “The Palace of Malice.”  Next we have a deranged physicist who’s convinced that a warhead, which will never be used has a design defect – he’s waiting for a bed in the state mental hospital.

  • Political misfortune

    With the massacre in Tucson we’ve discovered that progressives have something akin to a pathological disorder when it comes to evaluating free speech. Particularly speech that doesn’t paint progressives in glowing terms, it appears.  
    Everyone from the Democratic Tucson sheriff to liberals Keith Olbermann, Paul Krugman and Katie Couric to the New York Times accused Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin of all but pulling the trigger. Basically.   

  • Actions symptomatic of impotence felt by many in community

    It is ironic that Friday’s front page headlines carried two items of immense importance where the more important received less attention.
    In the more important headline, “Council drafts a new vision statement,” reporter Kirsten Laskey listed the proposed vision statement along with10 new statement goals. Not addressed in either the vision statement or the 10 goals was any critical concern for the reasons behind the other headline item, “Weapons cache seized.”

  • When a cache is really a cache or really not

    My Monitor arrived rolled up as usual, but this time with a “Weapons Cache Seized” headline prominently displayed.
    I eagerly unrolled the newspaper, wondering what juicy event had happened in our small town.
    One hunting rifle. One plinking rifle. One handgun.
    After I finished (rolling on the floor laughing) and caught my breath, my son asked what was up.
    I explained to him that this was not a “weapons cache.”

  • Coverage sensationalistic and in poor taste

    Today, I decided to stop subscribing to the Monitor after being a faithful reader for 35 years.
    Why? Because the paper has become a third rate gossip rag with old news, if any news, and the Monitor’s reporting of the “Bathtub Row Standoff” was the last straw.  
    “Weapons cache seized” Cache? Really? Isn’t that a bit sensationalistic? Three guns and 1,000 rounds of ammo is hardly a cache. Any hunter or gun collector is likely to have more than that, and last I checked, it was still legal.

  • Compromise is progress

    In 2010, a year that was bottom-heavy with bad news, we saw major progress in the stormy world of water.
    Three landmark cases that defied resolution and guaranteed lawyers’ job security were settled, and our congressional delegation, led by Sen. Jeff Bingaman, managed to wring funding from Congress.
    We also marked progress on the Rio Grande and in Ruidoso.

  • Downtown businesses would suffer under a one-lane Trinity Drive

    I am writing to voice my concerns over the proposed Trinity Drive options A1 and A2.
    I regularly travel into the downtown area from Los Alamos National Laboratory, and use Trinity on an almost daily basis to run errands and visit my mother living in Aspen Ridge.
    If Trinity is reduced to one lane as proposed, traffic will be at a standstill in the event of an accident, police traffic stop or any type of EMS call.
    Has anyone spoken to the EMS providers or the hospital to see how this will impact their ability to provide emergency services?