Today's Opinions

  • A new ‘START’ for women all around the world

    The so-called New START, the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia, is poised for an historic ratification vote in the Senate this year. Three more major international treaties are also lined up on President Obama’s ratification to-do list: the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, and CEDAW, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.
    CEDAW is a landmark international agreement that affirms principles of fundamental human rights and equality for women and girls around the world.

  • A tough task indeed

    There is no doubt that Governor-elect Susana Martinez faces a difficult task. Not only does she have to put together an administration to operate (and hopefully improve) New Mexico’s sprawling government, she now faces a $450 million deficit that must be dealt with in the next legislative session.

  • Voters should make their voices heard

    County Councilor Vincent Chiravalle needs to remember that there are far more than 1,600 voters in Los Alamos County.  
    With more than 8,600 individuals voting during the past election (based on votes for governor), the voices of all should be listened to before passing an ordinance to rebuild a building that is better left in fond memory (for some).

  • Chiravalle ignores voters, may waste taxpayer dollars

    Last Friday, The Monitor reported that Councilor Vincent Chiravalle planned to introduce an ordinance implementing the recent petition to rebuild the 1967 municipal building in its original form and location.
    On Oct. 19, the council displayed great deference to direct (as opposed to representative) democracy when it decided to put that petition to a vote despite the county attorney’s firm opinion that the petition included illegal components.

  • Transition of power musing

    As the gubernatorial transition from Bill Richardson to Susana Martinez moves forward, a few observations appear appropriate.
    One suggestion has come to the IdeasForNewMexico@swcp.com e-mail address unveiled in my last column. It’s a good one and is exactly the sort of problem, well known to people on the ground, that doesn’t trickle to the netherworld of the transition.

  • Governor's legacy: Progress or pals

    In June the New Mexico Film Museum closed after a short, unproductive life. It was a cost-cutting measure, said the Governor’s Office.
    The museum rarely offered a program and had no operating budget. It did pay its directors, each one politically connected, rather well ($80,000 a year for the last two). There was a flap in 2007, when the governor attempted to appoint former Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil-Giron as director, because she had no relevant experience. But none of the museum’s directors had any film experience.
    And so it went.  

  • Muni building’s side issues

    The central question of the Muni is:  Do we want it back at the pond or not? Everything else is a side issue.
    If the answer is yes, then we can get it done.  At this juncture, I would prefer to avoid “going negative.”  Towards that end, I have posted on my blog, losalamosrealitycheck.blogspot.com, the reasons I believe the answer should be “yes” (and I hope to have the Monitor run that, though it is a bit lengthy.)

  • First gentleman & second fiddle

    Ah, the men in Susana’s life. What to do with the first gentleman and the second fiddle? It’s a pesky problem.
    The first gentleman, Chuck Franco, is unique in New Mexico politics. We haven’t had a first gentleman before.
    Chuck is retired and so doesn’t have a job to go to every day. He was always at his wife’s side during the campaign, helping in anyway he could. But now what does he do?