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Today's Opinions

  • Caldera: Correction on rim ownership and access

    Dear Editor,

    In his June 7 story, Roger Snodgrass described very well the mood of the panel at the Albuquerque forum concerning public access to the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Unfortunately, in paraphrasing my comments that the caldera rim has truly world-class views, he transposed the owners of sections of the rim.

  • A pedestrian-friendly downtown

    Dear Editor,

    Take a breather between the 60th Birthday celebration and Chamberfest activities this weekend in downtown Los Alamos with a refreshing stroll down Central Avenue.

    Tour Central Avenue and experience the transformation between Mari-Mac Plaza and downtown as result of the Central Avenue Pedestrian Crossings and Streetscape Enhancement Project.

  • Get busy reforming investment council

    It is no secret New Mexico’s State Investment Council (SIC) is in serious need of greater reform and oversight. Whether the issue is the widely-reported and greatly-inflated fees paid to third-party marketer Marc Correra or the lack of transparency in its decision making process, the issue is not whether the council needs to be reformed, but how broad and deep those reforms must be.

  • Come to the aid of the Caldera

    The Board of Trustees of the Valles Caldera National Preserve will meet Thursday at 6 p.m. in Los Alamos (at the Hilltop House), and we encourage the public to come and ask plenty of questions.

    Though the trustees make their decisions in closed door meetings held before the public one, (possibly in violation of the Valles Caldera legislation), the public meetings can be informative and at times entertaining, and they provide a chance to watch the “experiment” in action.

  • The glory of gardens

    The glory of gardens

    I so enjoyed the Monitor’s pictures displaying our county’s gardens and the work done by many…to be enjoyed by so many. The rains are certainly helping, but there can be no doubt that much care is being given to make Los Alamos a “No more beautiful place!” It is much appreciated. Thanks!

    Peggy Pendergast

    Los Alamos

     

  • Nature has answer to the gopher problem

    Nature has answer to the gopher problem

    So, Los Alamos County is having a gopher population explosion. That does not surprise me. When you kill off the predators, (bullsnakes, rattlesnakes, etc.) the prey species will take over. Our comprehensive plan says that we will protect our wildlife, but snakes are still getting the back end of the shovel.

  • Energy prices pull in all directions

    Ideas about energy prices differ as widely as religious camps. Effects of energy prices are as far-spreading as wild mushrooms. Their nature is as fickle.

    Real effects of energy prices are so disparate that anyone can easily produce a “proof” for their side of “economic reality.”

    Handpicked proofs clutter the news.

    National proposals are now afoot that would raise the price of energy from fossil fuels, by far our most-used source.

    What would be the end result? As practice, I lay out a cross section of facts to stir thinking.

  • Taxes and government control

    John Nothdurft, a legislative specialist for The Heartland Institute asked some interesting questions.

    What do alcohol, playing cards, soft drinks, blueberries, tobacco, bottled water, and nudity all have in common?

    His answer is obivious, states tax these things to bring in more revenue and alter people’s behavior.

    And it is getting worse - if you will. Massachusetts is looking at a candy tax, Nevada is looking at a prostitution tax, a marijuana tax will come in California and a Seattle will soon have a plastic bag tax.