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Today's Opinions

  • Tug of war nags state budget

    SANTA FE — Disagreements between Gov. Bill Richardson and the Legislature are making state budget cutting even more traumatic. Both sides are pushing hard on the limits of their authority to get the upper hand on what will be cut.

    Our state constitution created a weak governor in order not to put too much power in any one person’s hand. But it does give the governor line-item veto authority. Gov. Richardson has been using that power to its fullest extent.

  • Much ado about something

    One has to wonder what motivates a person to write about anything these days.  Do people rant in the hopes that someone out there is actually listening?  Do people really expect to change the mind of someone they never even met?   Personally, I think columnists spill out their thoughts in newspapers and blogs not to be heard, but simply to get all that clutter out of their heads.

    So what’s it all about?

    And can someone tell me who Alfie was and why we should care? 

  • At one time or another, we are all poor

    In a letter to the Monitor on Dec. 1, Don Willerton requested more information about who the poor in Los Alamos are. It is easier to answer his question by discussing who the poor are not. “The poor” are not victims of their own personal choices. Poverty, despite the myths we tell ourselves so we can try to sleep better at night, is not a punishment for personal failures and bad life choices. It is neither the result of laziness, nor of the lack of motivation or responsibility.

  • New place for Police Beat appreciated

    Thank you for listening to your readership and moving the police blotter with its mug shots off the front page.

    Kathryn Willcutt

    Los Alamos

  • Must everything be disrupted?

    Last week, President Obama and his family lit the national Christmas tree.  Any moment now we can expect the Alliance for Perpetual Discord and Division, (Beck, Boehner, Coulter, Limbaugh, et al.) to proclaim that he did it wrong.

     

    Jan Novak

    Los Alamos

  • Mother Nature as a record keeper

    As a record-keeper, I’m pathetic. I often can’t keep track of where my checkbook is, let alone the balance in the account. The chief problem determining the balance isn’t my arithmetic skills, it’s that I don’t enter all the checks that I write for merchants in the ledger. No wonder the amount I show I have becomes a tad different from what the bank feels I have in my account.

    As I say, I’m not a good record-keeper.  

  • Americans flock to SNAP food program

       There are more people hungry in New Mexico, and all over the U.S., than since the Great Depression.

    “I always thought people on public assistance were lazy, but it helps me know I can feed my kids,” said Tyrone Mangold, a laid-off jackhammer operator in Ohio quoted in a recent The New York Times investigative report on hunger.

  • Denish’s spending reforms prompt questions

         SANTA FE – Lt. Gov. Diane Denish has unveiled fiscal reform proposals designed to save New Mexico millions of dollars. It is a three-part proposal. She advocates an end to double-dipping, in which retirees return to work and collect a paycheck in addition to their state retirement check.