Today's Opinions

  • Just A Wag 01-28-11

    Judge renders sentence
    A Bernalillo County judge sentenced Los Alamos firefighter Brandon Gore to six months of probation. Following successful completion, the indecent exposure charge will be removed from his record.
    Charles Lujan retires
    Ofc. Charles Lujan retired today from the LAPD after more than 20 years of service, most recently as chief of animal control. He chose to retire quietly without any fanfare.
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  • Alternative lender helps kids find their castle

    Sandra Monica has a passion for working with children. That’s why after 15 years as an employee, Monica decided it was time to start a day care center of her own.
    Starting out was no easy task, but with her husband’s support and financing from The Loan Fund, Monica opened Kid’s Castle Child Development Center in Las Cruces.
    The center offers early education to children six weeks to 12 years of age. Kid’s Castle serves more than 100 children and employs approximately 25 full-time teachers.

  • Freedom of stupidity

    Freedom of speech is “the right to communicate ideas and opinions without government intervention.” There are limits of course. You can’t yell “Fire!” in a crowded room just for fun.  Public obscenity can land you a hefty fine. And I wouldn’t suggest that you crack jokes about having a gun while in an airport.

  • Can’t stop that uneasy feeling picturing Trinity roundabouts

    Every time I thought about Trinity Drive with roundabouts I had a general feeling of unease. And then I remembered.
    When I lived in the Boston area and I had commuted to Cambridge, MA, from nine miles away by bicycle, roundabouts were the worst part of the commute.
    If you stayed on the right, it was all too easy for cars to peel off of the circle to the right and try to mow you down. If you went into the main lane to avoid being run over, drivers would honk at you.

  • Lamonitor.com moves to subscriber-based service effective Feb. 1

    In less than a week, the Los Alamos Monitor’s online counterpart, lamonitor.com, will become a subscription-based news and information site.
    Beginning Feb. 1, all of the print newspaper’s valued subscribers will have full access to all of the news and features currently in the print product, plus a number of online-only features such as video, slideshows, reader forums, comments and the full online community that the Website is becoming.

  • Reasons behind slow start

    Our state capitol is moving at a snail’s pace so far this year. It took over a week for House standing committees to be named. Almost three months after her election, Gov. Susana Martinez has not filled her cabinet and some other top appointments.
    But not to worry. There are good reasons for both. After losing eight seats to Republicans, Democratic House Speaker Ben Lujan was faced with adjusting the make-up of every committee to reflect the nearly equal balance between the parties.

  • Three issues stand out with regard to Trinity Drive study

    After listening to comments made by the public and by county councilors regarding the pending reconfiguration of Trinity Drive at the Jan. 26 meeting, I was struck by three things.  
    The first was sadly how little I cared anymore about the fate of Trinity Drive. I simply don’t use it because I use alternative routes for Trinity, and my opinion would gain only a polite nod before being dismissed.

  • Evil goes way back

    Lunatics will always be with us. Lunatics with guns will always be with us. So will evil.
    My reaction to the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (and 18 others) in Tucson Jan. 8 starts with lunatics.
    I’m leaving aside the claims that Sarah Palin had something to do with creating the environment for the shooting. That’s idiotic. Also idiotic is the notion that we’ve somehow left a “nice America” that existed somewhere in the past.