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Today's Opinions

  • New ordinances will indeed work

    In response to a recent letter to the editor in the Oct. 13 Monitor by John Davey: “Codes too restrictive,” I would point out that, on the contrary, the current Los Alamos County nuisance and car storage ordinances are insufficient and lacking the necessary definition to allow a county zoning-enforcement officer to respond to many recent complaints regarding the condition of both private property and business property in Los Alamos.  

  • Process vs. punishment

    Corruption has two costs — the loss itself and the clean-up.
    And the latter isn’t small potatoes, as State Investment Officer Steve Moise made clear during a talk last week at UNM’s Anderson School of Business. Moise (pronounced mo-EESE) became the Marshal Dillon of state investment when his predecessor, Gary Bland, left in a tailwind of allegations.

  • Proposal to improve image of politicians

    Once again as the general election approaches we are subjected to a long and continuous barrage of negative political commercials. They have negative  impact on the images of both the perpetuators and targets of the ads. If the time between the primary and the general election were reduced, there would be less opportunity for the negative ads. It is probably too much to  ask for, but with less time the candidates might address the issues and the positive qualities that they might feel they could offer.

  • Amendments designed to clarify; simplify

    The amendments presented in the November ballot questions are designed to clarify or simplify certain process oriented provisions in the Charter.  Others are intended to make the Charter consistent with state law. None of the proposed amendments reduce or limit role of the public in county government. Los Alamos voters are asked to consider eleven ballot questions.  

  • Are you ready for some voting?

                Early Voting begins in New Mexico on Oct. 16. Are you ready?

                Perhaps you have reached a firm decision on your choices for governor and your district’s representative to Congress. Good. How about the rest of the ballot? 

  • Richards has energy, enthusiasm

    The candidacy of Stephanie Richard for House District 43 gives Los Alamos and its immediate neighbors at last an opportunity to participate actively and effectively in the legislative process.  Stephanie’s energy and enthusiasm will jump-start legislative efforts to find solutions to the problems of under-funded and under-achieving schools, foot-dragging on campaign and ethics reform, and the development of a strong New Mexico economy friendly to locally-owned small businesses.

     

  • Ahlers deserves benefit of doubt

    Dear Editor, 

    I was disappointed to read Don Morris'  letter regarding Gary Ahlers 

    in Thursday's Monitor.  Aside from failing to distinguish between 

    accusation and conviction, a fundamental principle of justice that 

    one is innocent until and unless proven guilty, Morris also fails to 

    honor an old American tradition, one especially respected in our 

    West: Leaving behind any old errors or conflicts and starting afresh 

  • Revisiting Petticoat Junction

    A horse is a horse, of course of course, and no one can talk to a horse, of course, and you’re definitely showing your age if you recognize that rhyme.  You also watched way too much television as a child if you can now hear the tune playing in your head.  
    Yes, those were the days, back when dudes like Balaam debated angelic responsibilities with creatures of the genus Equus.  I find it oddly comforting to think back to a time when audiences could be entertained by a talking horse.