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Today's Opinions

  • Building a more sustainable town

  • Planned parenthood is glaring exception

    Last week I read with interest the story about the Con Alma Foundation, particularly with regard to recipients of the foundation grants. Most of the ones mentioned seem worthy enough and apparently did meet the nonprofit criterion, presumably one of the requirements for the grants. However, there was one glaring exception: a grant of $20,000 to Planned Parenthood.

  • Forget taxes, deficits, debt - it’s time for a family movie or two

    Nothing like Christmas to test our fragile American psyches.
    While times remain hard for millions of us, stores have amped up the gift-giving hype because, well, they’ve been hit by hard times, too. What better way to make up for a hard year than by sending us the message that if we really, really care for someone...kaching! Guilt makes the sales soar, si?

  • Spirits of budgets past

    All this talk about budget cutting conjures up images of Aubrey Dunn Sr. As chairman of the Senate Finance Committee back in the 1970s, he kept a hatchet on the table to remind his committee members – and everyone else – what they were there for.
    I’m imagining two ghosts of budgets past hovering over Roundhouse deliberations – Dunn and the equally no-nonsense John Mershon, once chairman of the Legislative Finance Committee and the House Appropriations Committee. Both hailed from Otero County, both were fiscally conservative Democrats.

  • Hard-fought rules add oil field jobs

      People dearly want a lasting supply of clean air  and water. The answer is pollution control.    
    As more people make and use more stuff, pollution  sources grow to need more controls. The controls add jobs in the pollution  controls industry. The bonus is more of the clean air and water people  want.
    In mid-October, a black headline glared from  the Albuquerque Journal. It read: “Jackpot in the Oil  Patch - State Rules Helped Politically Connected Players.”  

  • New curbs really look worse than old ones

    All summer long, the construction crews have inconvenienced the traffic on Barranca Road to install new curbs and sidewalks. Now they have collected the traffic-hindering pilons and appear to have completed the job. Except, the new curbs look worse than the old ones!

  • Don’t Worry? Be Happy?

    Living in White Rock, I’m concerned about what the proposed GRT rollback means for basic services within the county. How will it curtail future capital improvement protect plans?
    We’re assured, “Don’t worry! Be happy!”
    When the County Council requests increases in the GRT, they have to outline exactly how that money is to be spent. Justifying, in detail, the increase to tax payers in Los Alamos is required. Shouldn’t the same scrutiny be paid to any reduction in county revenue?

  • Christmas spirit is alive

    Once again, the community has come out and showed its very generous spirit.
    Last Saturday’s Breakfast with Santa, sponsored by Del Norte Credit Union and the Kiwanis Club, was a huge success, both in donations and numbers of children who came to give their Christmas wish lists to Santa.
    The holiday season is alive and well in Los Alamos.
    We very much appreciate Del Norte’s financial contribution.
    Much food was collected, to be delivered by LA Cares to those in need. Monetary donations will be used for foster children activities.