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Today's Opinions

  • 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.  

  • $69 hot dog one for the record books

    I really don’t even know where to begin with this one.  I was reading one of those side stories off the home page of a news site about a hot dog.  Yeah, a hot dog, but not the kind that you or I might eat. It was a $69 hot dog.  Grilled in white truffle oil and topped with duck foie gras, tourists can enjoy this overpriced hot dog while being laughed at by New York residents who find the whole idea a bit hard to digest.

  • Letter to the Editor: Fire department’s honors should spark better pay, benefits

    After reading the recent article in the Monitor regarding the Los Alamos Fire Department receiving another accreditation,  I am embarrassed and ashamed of the Los Alamos County Council members, with the exception of Vincent Chiravalle, who at least recommended further review.  
    Remaining council members, you certainly are not representing me in your vote not to support the recommendations on the fact-finders report in consideration of fair wage compensation.  

  • Seed money available for small businesses

    Self Help Inc, a locally-based non-profit dedicated to assisting those residing in Northern New Mexico since 1969 has up to $1000 “seed money” available to individuals and small businesses seeking skill improvement, equipment and resources to further their businesses and enhance financial self-reliance.  

  • LA firefighters deserve more than council offered

    Reading Victor Gavron’s letter in the Monitor reminded me that I wanted to thank Councillor Vincent Chiravalle for his vote to support the fact-finder’s recommendation on the firefighter contract.

    It is not at all clear to me why council voted “no” on the recommendation and substituted an embarrassingly low wage hike in its place.

    As Mr. Gavron reminds us, living here is expensive.

    But we are arguably among the most affluent counties in the country.

  • CURSES, CENSORED

    Editor’s note: What Pawlak calls censorship, we call editing for good taste. Like all newspapers, we reserve the right to edit and to decline to print anything we deem unfit for a family newspaper of general circulation. He said he sent the same column to the New Mexican. They also said they would not print it. He gets to argue his case here.

    Censoring has been going on ever since written language was invented. You think those scratches over cave paintings are a coincidence?