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Today's Opinions

  • There’s no political glory in making hard decisions

    Sen. Bill Sapien was defending his bill to move money from higher education to early education, and the Senate Finance Committee wasn’t buying.
    “We’re all trying to skin the cat for early childhood education,” said Republican Sen. Sue Wilson Beffort.
    “The problem is,” added Democrat Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino, “We’re all skinning the same cat.”
    I like to make fun of political cliches, but I can also appreciate the power of a phrase, however overused, to communicate, especially in a session as charged and raw as this one.  We heard a lot about “stepping up to the plate,” “kicking the can down the road,” and balancing the budget on somebody’s back.

  • Downtown White Rock rises out of the ashes

    I am speaking as a tax-paying property owner of White Rock. The citizens of White Rock owe Larry Handy a big round of applause for recovering downtown White Rock from a dump of overgrown bushes, weeds and abandoned buildings.
    It took manpower and money to repave the parking lots, remove old bushes/trees and weeds and paint the buildings. Our thanks and gratitude to Mr. Handy. It looks clean and bright, and ready for any retail business that wants to move in.
    We would like to see the other businesses that have been overgrown by weeds and debris clean up their plats and apply needed paint. That is what will attract a future for White Rock.

    Janet Basinger
    White Rock

  • Just A Wag 04-01-11

    LAMC Lab Draw Station
    changes space today  
    The Lab Draw Station has moved from Dr. Lahiri’s space at 15th and Central Avenue to 168 Central Park Square in the LABCORP space near Quiznos.

    New home to be built in Piñon Trails
    Construction of a new home that we heard was  slated for Ponderosa Acres is actually in Piñon Trails.

    Self-Insurers’ Fund hassles?
      If you’ve made an insurance claim with the county, we’d like to know how you were treated by the New Mexico Self-Insurers’ Fund. Email your story to laeditor@lamonitor.com

  • Renewed hope for the Caldera

    For all who hope one day to more completely enjoy the stunning landscape that is the Valles Caldera, there is renewed hope.  Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall have reintroduced Senate Bill 564,  “Valles Caldera National Preserve Management Act,” which would transfer management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VCNP) to the National Park Service (NPS).  

  • Attack on school teachers is wrong

    Surely the Los Alamos Monitor can make better use of the limited space on its editorial page than by publishing (March 30) Jeffry Gardner’s poorly written and rambling diatribe.
    What a delight this would make for an English teacher who wants to share with her students an example of truly abysmal writing.
    Apparently Mr. Gardner’s point is to encourage us to follow the rules. In his feeble attempt to make this argument, he chooses to attack public school teachers for causing the myriad problems he finds in American society.
    He attacks teachers for everything from failing to teach math and English to being narcissistic in their frustration with cuts to their salaries.

  • Alright, here we go again

    The news report spilled out like a cow chip throwing contest in my living room.  
    “A coalition of American and European forces launched a military campaign Saturday to drive Moammar Gadhafi from power, bombing Libyan targets by air and sea in the first phase of the largest international military effort since the Iraq war.”
    Coalition.  These days, that’s just another word for “Fight Club of the Week.”  

  • Knowing when a contractor's needed

    Do I need a contractor? Well, that depends. If you are a homeowner and want to work on your own home, you can perform that work under a Homeowner’s Permit. State law allows you to act as your own general contractor in this case by obtaining a homeowner’s permit. Under that permit you can do any general construction that you want by either performing the labor yourself or contracting out various aspects of your project.  

  • People are speaking up

    The residents of Los Alamos County made a clear statement that they are ready, willing and able to assist in the creation of a sustainable community.  
    The Town Hall held on March 5 had around 50 attendees that generated an array of innovative and actionable ideas.  While the coffee pot ran dry about half way through the event, the ideas kept flowing.