Today's Opinions

  • Why I need a building permit

    Why do I need a building permit? On the face of it, it certainly seems like a pain in the neck. After all, you only want to replace a window or replace part of the roofing. Really, what’s the point? Well the point is – water and keeping it out! But it goes further than that…

  • System failings on display

    The failings of America’s public education system are, I suppose, clearly on display in Wisconsin.
    In recent weeks that state’s governor, Scott Walker, has found himself embroiled in a battle that, given the merits of the case, seems to fly in the face of common sense.
    Wisconsin, like New Mexico, like Illinois, like California, like Indiana – ay yi yi, we could go on, yes? – is basically broke. In the red. Still, thousands of public employees have stormed its capitol in Madison and demanded more.

  • Not a major fan of the GOP

     Yup, we is gots to be proud of the Republican Party!  Whether from the Talk Radio, Tea Party, or Chamber of Commerce branch of The Party - they’re standing tall: protecting from taxation the hard-earned profits of the Red White and Blue corporations and the meager bonuses of the brave entrepreneur investment bankers, while keeping money out of the hands of the socialist unionist workers and low-life welfare moms who don’t understand it anyway and would only spend it on food and clothing for their kids.  

  • Burick was an honorable man

    The Los Alamos Monitor story “Many Twists and Turns” itself took an unfortunate turn when it cruelly and without any factual basis tried to link Dick Burick to the embezzlement scheme of two former LANL employees.
    Then you add: “Questions continue to swirl around the circumstances of Burick’s death.”
    Give me a break. Burick was an honorable man. If you’ve got facts to back up your statements, print them. Otherwise, leave your tabloid-style insinuations in the dark chamber in which they were conceived.

  • Taking issue with a friend's comments

    This letter is in response to Joel Williams’ letter in the Feb. 27 Los Alamos Monitor dealing with changes to Trinity Drive.  Joel is a friend and previously a neighbor of many years.
    Trinity Drive has numerous problems: It is dangerous for drivers because of numerous intersections without traffic signals. It is dangerous for those riding bicycles and for pedestrians.  It is an uniquely ugly street and does little to promote Los Alamos as a nice place to visit, live or shop.

  • Time for repealing the state data privatization law is running out

    Where’s your data? Your taxes are being used by state government to collect data on crime, infrastructure, public health, education, the environment … and a host of other public matters.

  • Kudos to the county council for hiring traffic consultants

    The following is a portion of my letter submitted to the Los Alamos County Council on Feb. 18: I applaud your decision to hire a traffic consultant to formulate a plan to redo Trinity/NM 502.  
    I attended several of the community meetings that consultant MIG held and feel that they captured the wishes of those who attended — A proposals.
    I am delighted that  the consultants have incorporated  safety concerns into their proposed “A” design.

  • Keep Trinity uncomfortable and unpleasant as possible

    I agree wholeheartedly with those who want to see Los Alamos as nothing more than a town to drive through quickly.
    Trinity Drive must remain ugly and dangerous. The safety of those who live south of Trinity must continue to be ignored. We need to promote more of that wonderful “Cerrillos Road” feeling.
    We must make dang sure that we don’t dare make Trinity an attractive road. We certainly don’t want to give bicyclists and other slow moving vehicles any room.