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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Codes too restrictive

    I don’t typically stay abreast of local politics, but a description of the newly proposed County “Nuisance & Property Maintenance Codes”  was brought to my attention and I felt that I must write my first ever letter to the editor.  I have no objection to ordinances/codes that require homeowners to maintain their yards, conduct minimal upkeep of their homes, keep garbage or other unsightly items out of their front yards, etc.

  • Looking foward to judicial candidate’s complete disclosure

    After the recent League of Women Voters Forum, I spoke with Gary Ahlers, Republican candidate for magistrate judge.  I want to thank him for agreeing to publish the whole and complete public record of all his felony and misconduct charges, including the disposition of every charge, on his Web site (www.garyahlers.com) by Sunday. He thanked me for the suggestion.  

  • Cancer reveals a special grace

    Cancer is a lonely business. You need friends and loved ones to see you through, but in the end, there’s nothing like having someone who completely understands what you’re going through, from the inside out.
    A Cancer Buddy. Because peace, from friendship, is one of the greatest ways of finding relief from the anxiety the disease brings.
    So, in this month of ovarian cancer awareness, I’d like to tell you about a very special person, my buddy.

  • Looking foward to judicial candidate’s complete disclosure

    After the recent League of Women Voters Forum, I spoke with Gary Ahlers, Republican candidate for magistrate judge.  I want to thank him for agreeing to publish the whole and complete public record of all his felony and misconduct charges, including the disposition of every charge, on his Web site (www.garyahlers.com) by Sunday. He thanked me for the suggestion.  

  • Vote for library bonds

    I encourage everyone to vote Yes on Bond B (“Bonds for Libraries”) Nov. 2. We use our libraries at a tremendous rate: on an average day in 2009, public libraries served 25,400;  college libraries served 22, 857 and our school libraries served tens of thousands of K-12 students.  
    Our libraries are a lifeline in these troubled times,  especially the computers, not only to fill out job applications but even federal health care applications.

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  • Thanks and let’s think about hiring a county obudsman

    The tennis community joins with me in appreciation for the refurbishing of the Urban Tennis Courts by Los Alamos County.  
    No balls can roll under the fence now, nor do we anticipate falls on the (formerly) uneven asphalt.  
    We are also grateful to the Los Alamos Monitor for drawing attention to the problem in its Thursday story.  
    It occurs to me that a county ombudsman would be really useful.
    There are numerous issues, both large and small, commonplace and unusual that do not get addressed in a timely fashion by large organizations.