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Today's Opinions

  • Nature has answer to the gopher problem

    Nature has answer to the gopher problem

    So, Los Alamos County is having a gopher population explosion. That does not surprise me. When you kill off the predators, (bullsnakes, rattlesnakes, etc.) the prey species will take over. Our comprehensive plan says that we will protect our wildlife, but snakes are still getting the back end of the shovel.

  • Energy prices pull in all directions

    Ideas about energy prices differ as widely as religious camps. Effects of energy prices are as far-spreading as wild mushrooms. Their nature is as fickle.

    Real effects of energy prices are so disparate that anyone can easily produce a “proof” for their side of “economic reality.”

    Handpicked proofs clutter the news.

    National proposals are now afoot that would raise the price of energy from fossil fuels, by far our most-used source.

    What would be the end result? As practice, I lay out a cross section of facts to stir thinking.

  • Taxes and government control

    John Nothdurft, a legislative specialist for The Heartland Institute asked some interesting questions.

    What do alcohol, playing cards, soft drinks, blueberries, tobacco, bottled water, and nudity all have in common?

    His answer is obivious, states tax these things to bring in more revenue and alter people’s behavior.

    And it is getting worse - if you will. Massachusetts is looking at a candy tax, Nevada is looking at a prostitution tax, a marijuana tax will come in California and a Seattle will soon have a plastic bag tax.

  • State stand is hard to justify

    The attorney who filed a lawsuit against Vanderbilt Financial, nine company executives and about two dozen other investment firms and numerous individuals as defendants alleging the state lost money in flawed investments through an alleged pay-to-play scheme involving Gov. Richardson’s unsuccessful campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, says he is being stone-walled by the state.

  • Pro-energy message okay

    Dear Editor,

    I am writing in regard to Skip Dunn’s May 26 Monitor article, “What’s Wrong with this Picture,” and his assessment of Marita Littauer-Noon and her opinions as expressed in past pro-energy articles.

  • Fuel standards overdue

    Dear Editor,

    After reading Ralph Damiani’s column of May 24, “New fuel standards and you,” I want him and others to know that many Americans welcome the new fuel efficiency standards and wish they had been put in place many years ago.

    What he fails to realize is that government intervention in such matters is sometimes necessary because of the political climate we live in. What would really drive us to buy more fuel efficient cars is, as he states, higher gas prices.  

  • State candidate list grows

    By JAY MILLER

    Syndicated Columnist

    SANTA FE -- As predicted, additional candidates are announcing their commitment or interest in running for top-of-the-ballot offices next year.

    Shortly after I listed possible candidates a month ago, former state GOP chairman Allen Weh announced he has formed a gubernatorial exploratory committee to take a long, hard look at the race.

  • Rock Doc: Natural Oil Underfoot

    Natural Oil Underfoot

    By Dr. E. Kirsten Peters

    More than a couple of times in the long history of personally changing the oil in my 1987 pickup, I’ve misjudged how vigorously the dirty fluid will flow out of the oil pan.