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Today's Opinions

  • Documentary features local cave dweller 'Micromike'

    I’m a Los Angeles-based filmmaker who’s been shooting a documentary film about a Los Alamos resident who calls himself  “Micromike.”

  • Carrier conscientious, kind and courteous to customer

    You have an extraordinary young man delivering papers and he deserves special recognition. His first name is Brian. Regrettably, I do not know his last name.
    Los Alamos is my hometown and I used to type the Monitor in its very early inception.
    I moved away in 1964 and on my return in 2001 I subscribed to the Monitor, but delivery was so inconsistent I discontinued it in 2003.

  • Just A Wag 12-24-10

    •We have heard that a status report on the fire department pornography investigation will come out within a couple of weeks.
    •Well-known Los Alamos figure Ed Burkle has been nominated by Gov.-elect Susana Martinez to serve as her secretary of the General Services Department.
    •We have learned that Dr. Ann Wadstrom submitted the winning suggestion, which resulted in the name change of Airport Basin to Pajarito Cliffs.

  • You heard me ... be a Scrooge!

    Back in high school, I could barely put a verb and noun together without hurting myself.  That is, me not was two good very in the English.  Okay, maybe not quite that bad, but I did have trouble keeping my grades up in the low C’s.  (I hope my students aren’t reading this!)

  • County Council out of touch with its citizens

    Perhaps you recall the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

  • County council displays good deal of foresight

    At the end of the Winter Solstice, our county council displayed great foresight and saved a significant amount of county tax revenue. They did this with two acts:
    The first was to recognize the law as determined by a New Mexico judge. They did this despite the obvious pain it caused them that they were unable to provide voters with an opportunity to have a clear say on the new municipal building. By obeying the law, they avoided unnecessary court costs and costly delays in the construction of that building.

  • Celebrating 60 years at UNM School of Law

    In June 1950, the first class graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law, its 27 graduates spreading across the state and establishing a tradition of service to New Mexico that remains strong today. Through the next 60 years, UNM law graduates have represented their communities in the state Legislature, ascended to the top levels of the state judiciary and led the state’s most prestigious law firms.

  • Hollywood’s Old West still here

    The Old West of Billy the Kid is still with us. And so is Hollywood’s Old West.
    The governor has been entertaining the idea of a pardon for the Kid since 2003, and the Legislature considered a pardon before that. The descendents of Sheriff Pat Garrett, who killed the kid in 1881, have made their opposition clear.
    In 2001, historian Bob Boze Bell and I took opposing positions on the question in side-by-side newspaper columns. Bell made a case for forgiveness; I argued that Billy was a rustler, horse thief and back shooter, not a misunderstood youth.