Today's Opinions

  • Appointees skate on thin ice

    Being a state employee at a time like this is no fun. The vast majority of state payrollers are protected by the state Personnel Act, which prevents new administrations from firing everyone as was the case before 1961.
    Although classified employees know they can’t be fired without cause, they still are very uneasy during a change in administration. It’s especially stressful when it involves a change in political party as it has during the last five gubernatorial elections.

  • Let truth, sensibility, common sense prevail

    In regards to the situating of the new Los Alamos Municipal Building, I would like to state that truth, sensibility and common sense does not require a “smoke from the hookah pipe!” (Nov. 10 Hannemann letter).
    Concerned, responsible, reasonable, farsighted, astute and financially aware citizens of Los Alamos County fully recognize the wiseness of building this structure on the presently cleared and (correctly) zoned Central Avenue site.

  • Muni building saga becoming theater of the absurd

    Even for a town as notably fractious and full of highly opinionated people as this one, the municipal building issue is becoming absurd.  
    The county council chartered a whole citizen’s group to study this issue, and they met repeatedly, held public meetings, solicited input at public events and coordinated carefully with the county administration about the county’s needs, which, not surprisingly, are a lot different than they were when the original municipal building was built more than 40 years ago.  

  • This post is powerful

    Ray Powell’s winning campaign to “clean up the State Land Office” paralleled Susana Martinez’s winning campaign to clean up Santa Fe.
    Outgoing State Land Commissioner Pat Lyons groused, like the outgoing chief executive, that the candidate was campaigning against him and not the opponent.
    True on both counts.
    The campaign for state land commissioner, largely overshadowed by drama higher on the ballot, deserved more attention because it’s probably New Mexico’s second most powerful position.

  • Namesake’s heir asks residents to spare pond park

    When I look at old photos of Ashley Pond, I love the simplicity of the place.  
    Over the years, this pond has had many uses and is an open and green place in the middle of what is now becoming more and more of a congested area.
    While, the pond will never be as it once was, I would hope that the people of Los Alamos would vote not to have anymore buildings in this area.  
    It is a park and I would encourage everyone to keep it as a park with open space.

    Joan Pond
    Ashley Pond’s grandaughter
    Rio Rancho

  • Current Trinity plan a monumental mistake

    There has been much talk about how the Trinity Site Revitalization Project has the potential to change our community forever. I have no doubt that it will. I am less convinced that the changes will be positive.

  • More hits than misses

     New Mexico voters did their usual good job separating the wheat from the chaff when it came to the questions at the end of the November ballot.
    Predictably, they gave a sound thrashing to two constitutional amendments designed to give politicians a longer leash. They gave our veterans a couple more breaks. And they sent a message to our higher education system that it is getting out of hand.

  • Lab retirees owed big debt of gratitude for endeavors

    I am writing to object to ideas presented by your Guest Columnist in Wednesday’s edition.  
    Ms. Dannemann’s thesis that laboratory retirees owe a continuing debt to New Mexico, due to the fact that taxpayers funded their compensation over their careers, is indicative of a misunderstanding of the role of the laboratory in this nation’s security and defense.