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Today's Opinions

  • Invite a featured artist for sculpture series

    I am pleased to see that the Historic Sculptures Master Plan Committee (HSMPC) has mapped out a 10-year plan for life-sized statues of historic figures to be placed around town (Monitor, Feb.17). The unified theme would be a positive result.

  • Roundabouts aid in evacuation

    Los Alamos is an island in the sky, comparable to other island communities. One other is St. Simons Island, Georgia, a coastal barrier island with a similar population size. Los Alamos was evacuated in 2000 due to the Cerro Grande fire; St Simons was evacuated in 1999 due to Hurricane Floyd. Or rather, evacuation was attempted. As Los Alamos has N.M. 502, St. Simons has a causeway.

  • Say enough’s enough to polarization

    In recent appearances, President Barack Obama has suggested that it’s time for Washington to confront the intense polarization and incivility that mark our politics these days.

  • Back to basics on the budget

    SANTA FE — The 2010 Legislature didn’t get its job done. Democratic leaders knew the unwritten rules. Begin secret negotiations between House and Senate Democratic leaders several days before the session’s end while publicly continuing to predict a train wreck.

    It didn’t work this time. Democratic leaders said they just ran out of time. But the problem, in fact, is that none of them have confronted the reality of a recession that hasn’t bottomed out. They still cling to their insistence upon extending the hurt to everyone but themselves.

  • Oil and gas takes new tack

    Two heavy hitters passed from the oil and gas industry in recent weeks.

    Pete Hanagan headed the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association for 15 years until 1985. He died at age 81 in Ireland.

    The association’s other Irishman, Bob Gallagher, got his walking papers a week after Hanagan’s death. Both men hailed from Roswell, and both practiced law, but the similarities end there. In the differences between the two is a tale for our times in New Mexico.

  • Fund schools, cut elsewhere

    I know that most people are struggling with the way things are going these days. I, for one, am struggling with the way our society views education.

  • Bike lanes don’t maintain themselves

    Some bicyclists want bike lanes all over Los Alamos and our county council has accommodated many of their desires. Indeed, the entire stretch of Diamond Drive is slated to be so marked when finished.

  • The Earth and its heebie-jeebie shakes

    Not all Midwesterners realize they live in a region where earthquakes can strike, but they got a small reminder of that simple fact earlier this month when a 3.8 Richter scale temblor struck in northern Illinois. Let’s hope we can learn more from the event than just what the passing headlines might lead us to think about — because the center of our country is woefully under-prepared for much larger quakes yet to come.