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Today's Opinions

  • Neighbors voice support for Ahlers

    We have known Gary Ahlers and his family for more than six years. Gary served as president of our neighborhood homeowners’ association for several years. On many occasions he was asked to resolve issues involving landscape or construction according to the covenants. He was always very fair in resolving these issues. He took his role as president seriously and thoroughly examined both sides of the issue before making decisions.

  • Pay attention to candidates

    It was very revealing to listen to the recent debate between Rep. Ben Ray Lujan and Tom Mullins in terms of science and the future of institutions like LANL. People who depend on science and a stable government institution like LANL need to pay close attention to current political races.
    On two topics Mullins revealed his ignorance of science and his apparent disdain for those who engage real problems in a serious way.

  • What’s up with the governor in his final 10 weeks in office

    What is Gov. Bill Richardson up to? What will he be doing during his last two and a half months in office?
    We know he can’t sit still so his final months are bound to be busy.
    Will he stay in Santa Fe as he says he will or will he leave for something more exciting?
    Will he make bold moves that will deeply affect our state or will he concentrate on finding a job or polishing his legacy?
    Gov. Richardson occasionally gives hints.
    What other governor, here or anywhere, holds a garage sale three months before going out of office?

  • Ahlers’ police record as reported in newspapers

    The following are excerpts from The Record, a newspaper in northern New Jersey.
    •  Aug. 20,1994 headline: Upper Saddle River Cop Charged with Theft of Gun – “A 21-year-veteran of the Upper Saddle River Police Department, already facing theft charges, has been accused of taking marijuana that was being held as evidence in a criminal prosecution. Sgt. Gary Ahlers, 39, pleaded not guilty to charges of evidence tampering and official misconduct during a brief arraignment Friday morning in state Superior Court in Hackensack.

  • Story of brother’s arrest bothers reader

    I am sad to see that Los Alamos is so news deprived that to sell a few papers you decided to report on my brother, James Hill.
    Our entire family lives in  Los Alamos and we have been through enough without having to re-read and  relive this tragedy over and over.
    I hope it was worth ruining my grandfather’s, grandmother’s, aunt’s, uncle’s, mother’s and father’s week to  sell this paper.
    Carmen Hill
    Arizona

  • Rankled by headline typo

    You’ve probably received e-mails on this already, but being a publication that  should pride itself in editing, I’m sending another.
    “Ombudsman.”
    At least you got it right within the article...but misspelled in a headline?
    Come on people, words are your business.

    Mark Rayburn
    Los Alamos

  • Tailpipe pollution may be doomed

    Kids delight in blowing up a balloon and letting it go. The air inside is under mild pressure, and when a youngster lets go of the neck of the balloon, air rushes outward. The escaping air propels the balloon forward like an erratic jet.  

  • Injured cyclist recounts day he nearly lost his life

    I’m the injured cyclist you covered in the Aug. 5, story in the Monitor. A correction is necessary regarding the event leading up to my crashing into the West Gate as reported by Bob Krakowski.
    I had ridden from White Rock up to the descent to the Caldera accompanied by  four other cyclists. After a short rest we headed back down to return to  White Rock via Los Alamos.