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Today's Opinions

  • There's no free lunch

    It is easy to get caught up in the minutiae when it comes to economic policy. With the state facing a $400 million deficit and budget cuts in the offing, every special interest is busy coming up with their own economic analyses explaining why subsidies or regulations that serve their own interest will really benefit the public at large.
    The fact is that more often than not, simple logic is more useful than complex economic studies that are ultimately designed to justify a predetermined policy.

  • Reader finds Friday’s political cartoon to be offensive and tasteless

    I am writing to express my disgust and disappointment in the editorial cartoon that the Monitor chose to run on Friday.  
    It has been less than a week after the shootings in Tucson, with Rep. Giffords still in critical condition and several other victims still hospitalized.  
    In this context, to depict “The Left” — whatever that means — as a “madman, firing indiscriminately” at unspecified victims while there are actual victims of an actual shooting rampage is nauseating.  

  • Prescribed burns during holidays are a bad idea

    Whose idea was it to have a maintenance burn over this holiday? It seems that most of these burns occur on a holiday, in which some people’s only free time to enjoy a nice day.  
    Instead, many residents of this town are stuck with having to stay indoors due to smoke from poorly planned prescribed burns.   
    Well, if you have asthma, you’re going to be indoors and those with respiratory problems I sure hope you have everything you need.

  • Citizens asleep at the wheel with their ho-hum attitudes

    Before you support Boehner’s thrust into healthcare reform, at the very least, visit www.healthcare.gov/center/reports for information from an annual report required by the Affordable Care Act.
    If common sense is no longer in vogue, at least consider that insurance corporations seriously oppose this act … and the concern for the bottom line is now universally more important than “the people.”

  • Analyzing Mental Illness

     Parts of medical science are highly developed areas where doctors can precisely nail down specific diseases and even sometimes eradicate them.
    The more vexing – and perhaps more interesting – pieces of medical science are those in which we still struggle to diagnose, let alone fully treat, major maladies.

  • Fear of change is a frightful hindrance to area progress

    The fear mongering already has begun on the NM502/Trinity Drive Corridor Project.

  • History may shed bit of light on testy topic

    The howls of protest recently over roundabouts on NM 502 are reminiscent of when the roundabout was proposed for the four way stop at San Ildefonso Road and Diamond Drive (2000?).
    At that time, morning traffic regularly backed up to the top of North Mesa and halfway up Barranca, and a vehicle fatality had recently occurred there, too.  
    Roundabout detractors regaled the community with predictions of total traffic collapse and pedestrian slaughter if a roundabout was constructed.

  • Los Alamos is one wacky town in which to reside

    There must be something in the water, as Los Alamos plays Whack a Wacko instead of Whack a Mole.  First we’ve got a guy who wants to help Hugo Chavez build a nuclear reactor.  
    Then we’ve got a guy who’s so enamored of an obsolete white elephant of a municipal building that he’s named the as yet to be designed new one “The Palace of Malice.”  Next we have a deranged physicist who’s convinced that a warhead, which will never be used has a design defect – he’s waiting for a bed in the state mental hospital.