Today's Opinions

  • Looking foward to judicial candidate’s complete disclosure

    After the recent League of Women Voters Forum, I spoke with Gary Ahlers, Republican candidate for magistrate judge.  I want to thank him for agreeing to publish the whole and complete public record of all his felony and misconduct charges, including the disposition of every charge, on his Web site (www.garyahlers.com) by Sunday. He thanked me for the suggestion.  

  • Vote for library bonds

    I encourage everyone to vote Yes on Bond B (“Bonds for Libraries”) Nov. 2. We use our libraries at a tremendous rate: on an average day in 2009, public libraries served 25,400;  college libraries served 22, 857 and our school libraries served tens of thousands of K-12 students.  
    Our libraries are a lifeline in these troubled times,  especially the computers, not only to fill out job applications but even federal health care applications.

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  • Thanks and let’s think about hiring a county obudsman

    The tennis community joins with me in appreciation for the refurbishing of the Urban Tennis Courts by Los Alamos County.  
    No balls can roll under the fence now, nor do we anticipate falls on the (formerly) uneven asphalt.  
    We are also grateful to the Los Alamos Monitor for drawing attention to the problem in its Thursday story.  
    It occurs to me that a county ombudsman would be really useful.
    There are numerous issues, both large and small, commonplace and unusual that do not get addressed in a timely fashion by large organizations.

  • Longevity doesn’t necessarily equate to most effective person in office

    At a workshop in May I was having a conversation with a fellow participant and the presenter. They were supporting rival candidates. Each of them proclaimed that their candidate was a listener, and each had direct experience with the other’s candidate not listening.
    I realized how important other information is for choosing a candidate. In the last five years I have spent many days in committee rooms and in Roundhouse galleries while bills were debated and voted on.

  • Grades can be grating

    Earlier this year, the Rhode Island Central Falls school board made national news by firing all teachers in the high school.
    It was a drastic move intended to address the school’s declining performance.  
    Union officials quickly condemned the dismissals as “immoral, illegal, unjust, irresponsible, disgraceful and disrespectful” (they would have said more, but they didn’t have a big enough Thesaurus).  

  • With congressional candidates, you get one thing or another

    After all I have seen and heard from the candidates for U.S. Congress, District 3, I would summarize our choice in November as follows:
    Vote Democrat Ben Ray Lujan and get unemployement and food stamps.
    Vote Republican Tom Mullins and get a paycheck and freedom to run your own affairs.

  • Governor’s action places childcare ability at risk for New Mexico families

    Childcare in New Mexico is vital for a sound and growing economy.
    Childcare is now in jeopardy as the governor has implemented a 10 percent (possibly cut to 8 percent) reduction in the reimbursement rate for families receiving childcare assistance.  
    As the Executive Director of a small center, I can attest that such cuts in provider rates will prompt more centers to turn-down Staid Aid families.  
    Our center loses about $30k in revenue due to the 7-8 State Aid children we take each year.