Today's Opinions

  • Attending meetings aids understanding

  • Surge of letters express worry over Trinity Drive discussions

    Suddenly, in the last week, there has been a surge of letters to the editor with dire admonitions against making Trinity Drive a safer, more inviting, and better-performing roadway. One argument focuses on a perceived threat to local businesses, because some traffic may be diverted to Central. I wonder, have the alarmists stopped to consider on which road the majority of local businesses are located? Might there be a correlation between pedestrians feeling it’s safe to cross the street, and healthy sales?

  • T-Board opts for Option A1/A2

    On Nov. 17, the Transportation Board held a special meeting to hear the MIG consultants and county staff give a presentation and briefing regarding design options for NM502/Trinity Drive.  
    After considerable discussion, there was a consensus on the T-Board that Option A1/A2 of the MIG presentation appeared to best meet the identified goals for safety and access improvements for all of the many users and uses along the NM502/Trinity Drive corridor.

  • There's no free lunch

    It is easy to get caught up in the minutiae when it comes to economic policy. With the state facing a $400 million deficit and budget cuts in the offing, every special interest is busy coming up with their own economic analyses explaining why subsidies or regulations that serve their own interest will really benefit the public at large.
    The fact is that more often than not, simple logic is more useful than complex economic studies that are ultimately designed to justify a predetermined policy.

  • Reader finds Friday’s political cartoon to be offensive and tasteless

    I am writing to express my disgust and disappointment in the editorial cartoon that the Monitor chose to run on Friday.  
    It has been less than a week after the shootings in Tucson, with Rep. Giffords still in critical condition and several other victims still hospitalized.  
    In this context, to depict “The Left” — whatever that means — as a “madman, firing indiscriminately” at unspecified victims while there are actual victims of an actual shooting rampage is nauseating.  

  • Prescribed burns during holidays are a bad idea

    Whose idea was it to have a maintenance burn over this holiday? It seems that most of these burns occur on a holiday, in which some people’s only free time to enjoy a nice day.  
    Instead, many residents of this town are stuck with having to stay indoors due to smoke from poorly planned prescribed burns.   
    Well, if you have asthma, you’re going to be indoors and those with respiratory problems I sure hope you have everything you need.

  • Citizens asleep at the wheel with their ho-hum attitudes

    Before you support Boehner’s thrust into healthcare reform, at the very least, visit www.healthcare.gov/center/reports for information from an annual report required by the Affordable Care Act.
    If common sense is no longer in vogue, at least consider that insurance corporations seriously oppose this act … and the concern for the bottom line is now universally more important than “the people.”

  • Analyzing Mental Illness

     Parts of medical science are highly developed areas where doctors can precisely nail down specific diseases and even sometimes eradicate them.
    The more vexing – and perhaps more interesting – pieces of medical science are those in which we still struggle to diagnose, let alone fully treat, major maladies.