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Today's Opinions

  • Birth rates for poor high in N.M.

    Again, New Mexico is near the top of a list we probably wish we were not even on.

    According to the Associated Press, New Mexico is one of eight states with statistically higher rates of births from women on public assistance.

    In other words, our poor are having children at a high rate. So much for the state and schools educating us.

    Of course, this goes hand in hand with our high drop out rate and our low educational levels.

    Let’s just give more money to our failing schools!

  • County should help schools

    Dear Editor,

    Los Alamos Pubic Schools is highly regarded for academic excellence and make Los Alamos a desirable place to live. We must ensure that the schools have classrooms and facilities that live up to this reputation. I applaud the school district for formulating a plan to revitalize aging school facilities including the high school, middle school and Aspen Elementary School.

  • Community does serve youth

    Dear Editor,

    In a recent letter to the editor, (Aug. 12) Manuel Baca refers to petitioners who believe that “eethe youth of this community have been sold short and have been given the short end of the stick.” Mr. Baca is among those petitioners. I have to wonder what planet these people are living on.

  • Monitor does not want to know

    Dear Editor,

    The issue is here is not that you don’t understand it’s that you don’t want to understand. At every turn in this debate in the past six months or even longer there have been accusations of the county not following procedure and of council members spouses trying to influence P&Z Commissioners.

  • Fried Light: A guide to merging

    You may be relieved to learn that help is on the way in the war between sidezoomers and lineuppers. If you’re a zipper, like me, you’ll be especially pleased.

    How many times have we approached a patch of construction or a temporary diversion on the highway, where two or more lanes of traffic are required to funnel down into one?

    This can be a daily occurrence or an ephemeral surprise. It is one of the conditions of our radical independence and individuality.

  • Special session turns pointless

    The ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus placed the idea of change at the center of his worldview, arguing according to Plato, that “you could not step twice into the same river,” because different waters flow, while the person remains the same.

    The question resurfaces in view of the Special Legislative Session that began at noon today. But is it rather the person who changes?

  • Governor's new healthcare plan is better, but not good enough

    After failing to gain either legislative or popular support for his ambitious, universal health care plan which would have relied heavily on government mandates, Gov. Bill Richardson has introduced a scaled-back health care reform proposal that will be considered in the upcoming special session.

    The Governor’s bills which were unveiled recently would:

  • Municipal Building should be rebuilt

    Dear Editor,

    It was with great sadness that we saw the Municipal Building being torn down, but after seeing the drawings of the proposed buildings, we are in absolute shock.

    It was our understanding from the County Council that 1) the Municipal Building needed to be replaced, 2) it would be built to look as much like the old building as possible and 3) it would be built in the same location.

    After attending the information meeting Aug. 7, we saw pictures of the proposed new building for TWO different sites. Neither resembles the old building in any way.