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Today's Opinions

  • $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?  

  • Documentary film producer finds LA ‘spectacular’

    I just want to thank the various people in Los Alamos — including the acting film liaison — who have helped move along a feature-length documentary project I have been shooting key parts of in Los Alamos.

    And I hope to shoot a few more as the project wraps up.

     Los Alamos is an extraordinarily beautiful place, rich in history.

    And seems to me to be a bit under-utilized in terms of film location work.

  • Dog owners need a refresher on how leash laws work

    I am writing in regard to a problem that I have noticed increasingly in the last several months.

    I walk my dog daily in White Rock and I always keep her on a leash.

    I am aware that county leash laws state that “animals off owners premises need to be on a leash.”

    However, many people in the neighborhood allow their dogs to be off leash while in their front yards.

    Although these dogs are initially on the homeowners’ property, they often leave the property and run over to my dog and me.

  • Shop in White Rock? Are you kidding?

    The headline read “Council approves road facelift for White Rock. They hope NM4 redesign will make drivers stop and shop.”

    Shop where?

     

    Camille Morrison

    White Rock