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Today's Opinions

  • Conservation calls for consistency

    On Tuesday night, the county council passed two ordinances, which have the effect of penalizing citizens for conservation of water and gas. The ordinances increase the “service charge,” the fixed-rate “tax” paid every month by every consumer regardless of usage. In the case of natural gas this increase was close to 50 percent. Increasing the service charge runs counter to the county taxpayer funded message of conservation.

  • Thanks for the support

    In keeping with the season, I would like to thank everyone in the community who has contributed so graciously to the LANB account established in my name following September’s trial. Many of your names are not available to me through bank records, so I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for your overwhelming generosity.

  • Whatever happened to funny?

    I love peanuts. That is to say, I love “Peanuts.” Charlie Brown was always my hero. Fighting off kite-eating trees. Pitching for the world’s worst baseball team. Having a dog that fought to keep the skies safe from WWI enemy aces. And never, never, never giving up on kicking that football held by our favorite sadistic nickel-a-session psychiatrist.

  • Enough for all

    Thanksgiving is a tradition associated with a feast of food.  The traditional Thanksgiving menu often features turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie.  There is more than enough food for all.

    Or is there?

    More than 36 million Americans are facing hunger, yet nearly 96 billion pounds of food are wasted every year.  So perhaps there is enough food for all, but not everyone is getting enough food.

  • Don’t put Police Beat in Monitor Update

    Please do not put the “Police Beat” on the front page of the Monitor.  This serves no purpose except perhaps gossip and fear-mongering.  Please do not publish photographs of people who have been arrested but who have not yet been brought to court for a just hearing of their case. 

  • Another alert for “Let Me In”

    When our daughter was cast for “Let Me In,” based on Swedish author John Ajvide Lindqvist’s book “Let the Right One In,” we thought the deal was a good one, $9.50 an hour, 40 hours/week, with teachers present as required by state law. Plus she was going to be in the movies! We overnighted the book to check it out. I encourage anyone involved in this movie to do the same. It is a free country but this book goes beyond bad taste. It is of the “horror” genre but it is hideous.

  • UNM inspires more head scratching

    You can get a fairly good sense of how people in other parts of the country perceive New Mexico by the questions they ask about the state of affairs in this enchanted land.

    In the latter 1990s, for instance, when Gary Johnson was governor, easily the question most often put to me when talking with folks beyond New Mexico’s borders was, “Is your governor really serious about legalizing marijuana?”

    Some were horrified by the thought, others were downright titillated, but they all wanted to talk about it.

  • The return of the Republican Party?

    Nothing says “lovin’ ” like winning big on an Election Day.

    By now, you’ve probably read every possible spin on Republican wins in governors’ races in New Jersey and Virginia. Well, not every one because there remains this one, yes?

    There are three sides to every story. Yours, theirs and the truth. In this case, the sides are the Democrats, the Republicans and reality.

    Let’s take a quick look at the Republicans’ side first.