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Today's Opinions

  • Let’s talk practicality

    Some people, 1,679 to be exact, are claiming that the old Municipal Building was so sentimental to them that it stood for Los Alamos. They signed a petition that states “the original Los Alamos County Municipal Building dedicated June 24, 1967 shall be fully rebuilt and restored to its original site and design...” End of quote.

  • Council candidates say no

    I recently posed the following two questions to all seven county council candidates and made them aware that I would be making their responses public.
    •Do you plan to vote yes or no on the Hannemann mail-in initiative to build a replica of the old Municipal Building on Ashley Pond Park?
    •What is your stand on this initiative?
    Following is a synopsis of the candidate’s responses in the order that I received them:

  • Submitting to threats is poor way to run county

    I am writing in response to the article “Probe Points to Developing Trend.” I have never seen the report, which the Monitor relies upon so I cannot comment on that report, its author or purpose. But I do disagree with many of the statements contained in the article and to the extent those statements are derived from a report I contend the report is false and inaccurate.

  • LWVNM urges candidates to be tough on climate change

    On Thursday, the League of Women Voters of New Mexico (LWVNM), a nonpartisan political membership organization, presented more than 100 letters to the two gubernatorial candidates, Diane Denish and Susana Martinez, urging them to assume strong leadership to address the growing threat from climate change.  

  • Legislators must make hard votes

    I’m becoming disturbed by disingenuous rhetoric from Rep. Jeannette Wallace’s campaign. Wallace has been campaigning for re-election by complaining about the budget increases over the past eight years. What Wallace isn’t telling people is that she has voted for almost all those budget increases.

  • Listen to the silence

    What one does is important, but what one says can be just as important.  
    In fact, we even have laws stipulating what can or cannot be said.
    You can’t launch a volley of vulgarity in a public restaurant. You can’t yell “Fire!” in a building just for fun. You can’t joke about having a gun in an airport.
    Oddly enough though, there’s no law against lying.

  • Publisher is nothing more than common carpetbagger

    I am writing to register my utter disgust at Monitor Publisher Keven Todd’s unconscionable comparison of a local citizen to Adolf Hitler.  
    In his Oct. 24 blog commentary, “County council must be from France,” publisher Todd likens Los Alamos resident Richard Hannemann to the murderous “Fuhrer standing triumphant at the table” for Hanneman’s successful petition giving citizens an opportunity to vote on a replacement County Municipal Building.

  • Everyone’s got a belly button