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Today's Opinions

  • Expanding bike lane system

    Since Daylight Saving Time and spring are upon us, it is timely to review some principles of bicycle operation with respect to our new and growing system of bike lanes.

    Currently, much of Central Avenue and Diamond Drive, as well as N. and S. San Ildefonso have bike lanes. More of these lanes are in the works, as the remaining two phases of Diamond Drive construction resulting in the entire length of this arterial having bike lanes. 

  • Trinity Drive may need fixing

    Dear Editor,

    If Victor Gavron (“Road is not broken,” Tuesday, March 12) attended the meeting he talks about, he must have been interested to observe that the vast majority of the roughly 80 attendees indicated by their votes that they think Trinity is indeed broken and needs fixing.

  • We need nuclear power

    Dear Editor,

    Kudos to you for reprinting the Trever editorial cartoon in Wednesday’s Monitor!

    Trever cleverly exposed the hypocrisy of President Obama claiming to take politics out of science by lifting the ban on embryonic stem cell research and at the same time stopping funding for the Yucca Mountain nuclear power plant waste disposal site. The nuclear power option must be maintained to combat global warming!

    Morris B. Pongratz

    Los Alamos

  • Ready for bartering?

    Dear Editor,

    When street thugs, as well as robber-barons (in the state-sponsored bailed-out banking industry and in state-sponsored bailed-out moneyfacturing enterprises, and yes, I do mean “moneyfacturing”) usurp and hoard ill-gotten and obscene treasures– the obvious remedy is to devaluate their dollars (and ours) to zero.

  • A new way of making supper

    I take a personal interest in pickup trucks that can shut down half their cylinders to get better gas mileage when conditions permit. And I’ve studied the mechanics of hybrid cars that save braking energy to help power your vehicle a bit later in your journey.

    Efficiency fascinates me.

    But the efficiency of engines, as important as it is, pales in global significance to the basic efficiency of one piece of the living world.

  • This is an important issue

    The time for involvement is now. The time to make your voice heard is now. Do not wait until the county begins tearing up the roadway – make your feelings known now.

    We are talking about Trinity Drive. There was a public forum on March 5 and there has been a lot of information flying about over the project.

    But it must be understood that the county is still in the talking stage, as far as we know no decision has been made.

    So this is the time to speak up, to be heard. Do not wait until later.

  • Celebrate Arbor Day every day

    The first day of spring was Friday. But here in New Mexico, we got an early start by celebrating Arbor Day on March 13.

    While National Arbor Day is held on the last Friday in April, New Mexico, similar to several other states, observes the holiday at a time best suited for tree planting.

    The Arbor Day Foundation encourages everyone to plant a tree to celebrate this special holiday. The Foundation’s website (www.arborday.org) offers many helpful tips from how to plant a tree to selecting the right tree for the right place.

  • To tax or not to tax

    One thing that we find interesting is that when  it suits them, some people find gross receipts taxes to be a regressive thing.

    But then, when they want more money for the government to spend, they say, “Let’s increase the gross receipts tax.”

    Such was the case this week as the House approved a bill that would raise money to fund education.

    Earlier, they had passed an education reform bill that called for some $400 million in new expenditures. This measure was their answer to that.