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Today's Opinions

  • Looking foward to judicial candidate’s complete disclosure

    After the recent League of Women Voters Forum, I spoke with Gary Ahlers, Republican candidate for magistrate judge.  I want to thank him for agreeing to publish the whole and complete public record of all his felony and misconduct charges, including the disposition of every charge, on his Web site (www.garyahlers.com) by Sunday. He thanked me for the suggestion.  

  • Cancer reveals a special grace

    Cancer is a lonely business. You need friends and loved ones to see you through, but in the end, there’s nothing like having someone who completely understands what you’re going through, from the inside out.
    A Cancer Buddy. Because peace, from friendship, is one of the greatest ways of finding relief from the anxiety the disease brings.
    So, in this month of ovarian cancer awareness, I’d like to tell you about a very special person, my buddy.

  • Looking foward to judicial candidate’s complete disclosure

    After the recent League of Women Voters Forum, I spoke with Gary Ahlers, Republican candidate for magistrate judge.  I want to thank him for agreeing to publish the whole and complete public record of all his felony and misconduct charges, including the disposition of every charge, on his Web site (www.garyahlers.com) by Sunday. He thanked me for the suggestion.  

  • Vote for library bonds

    I encourage everyone to vote Yes on Bond B (“Bonds for Libraries”) Nov. 2. We use our libraries at a tremendous rate: on an average day in 2009, public libraries served 25,400;  college libraries served 22, 857 and our school libraries served tens of thousands of K-12 students.  
    Our libraries are a lifeline in these troubled times,  especially the computers, not only to fill out job applications but even federal health care applications.

  • Column puzzles reader

  • Thanks and let’s think about hiring a county obudsman

    The tennis community joins with me in appreciation for the refurbishing of the Urban Tennis Courts by Los Alamos County.  
    No balls can roll under the fence now, nor do we anticipate falls on the (formerly) uneven asphalt.  
    We are also grateful to the Los Alamos Monitor for drawing attention to the problem in its Thursday story.  
    It occurs to me that a county ombudsman would be really useful.
    There are numerous issues, both large and small, commonplace and unusual that do not get addressed in a timely fashion by large organizations.

  • Longevity doesn’t necessarily equate to most effective person in office

    At a workshop in May I was having a conversation with a fellow participant and the presenter. They were supporting rival candidates. Each of them proclaimed that their candidate was a listener, and each had direct experience with the other’s candidate not listening.
    I realized how important other information is for choosing a candidate. In the last five years I have spent many days in committee rooms and in Roundhouse galleries while bills were debated and voted on.

  • Grades can be grating

    Earlier this year, the Rhode Island Central Falls school board made national news by firing all teachers in the high school.
    It was a drastic move intended to address the school’s declining performance.  
    Union officials quickly condemned the dismissals as “immoral, illegal, unjust, irresponsible, disgraceful and disrespectful” (they would have said more, but they didn’t have a big enough Thesaurus).