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Today's Opinions

  • Electrical line voltage fluctuations

    Dear Editor,

    I live on North Mesa and have been experiencing significant electrical line voltage variations in my home.  On Nov. 30 at about 7:30 p.m., the line voltage registered on my AV system’s surge suppressor was only 113 volts.  About four days ago, it dropped down to 114 volts. 

    At these low voltages, the AV system is affected.  The line voltage to my home is mostly 119 - 121 volts.  I’m wondering if other parts of the community are also experiencing such wide variations in line voltage?

    Los Alamos

  • Vote YES on LAPS bond election

    Dear Editor,

    Imagine if you will, a school district with dedicated, hard-working teachers, a wonderful, supportive administrative staff and amazing students who take their education seriously and consistently strive for their personal best. 

    Considering these three factors, how do you imagine their classrooms and environment to look?  You would assume that the environment would enhance and inspire the students and staff. 

  • West will be missed

    Dear Editor,

    The people of Los Alamos will miss Jim West. His decision to resign from the county council must have been difficult and we all wish him well as he pursues treatment and recovery from his illness. Jim has been a hard working servant of the county, and his shoes will be hard to fill.

  • Oil drop good only for short-term

    As oil prices waver near to three-year lows as investors weighed falling global demand and a government report showing an unexpected decline in U.S. crude inventories, New Mexico faces a real budget crisis.

    We will admit that it is nice to drive to Albuquerque and buy gas for $1.69 a gallon. But while it may be good for drivers in the short-term, it is disasterous for the state in the long run.

  • West’s departure leaves many issues

    The hearts of everyone in Los Alamos goes out to Jim West, as do all our prayers and wishes for his speedy recovery.

    While we may have disagreed with him from time to time, his concern for this community, his hard and dedicated work and his efforts on all our behaves is unquestioned.

    His humor, his grace and his experience will be missed. He will be a tough act to follow.

    It is in that vein that we urge the council to proceed with all due caution. There is precedent for this in the past and the input and care taken then should be followed now.

  • Richardson and the commerce department

    Well, Gov. Richardson is going to become an “economic diplomat” in President-elect Barack Obama’s administration – whatever that means.

    He plans to step down as governor after being confirmed by the U.S. Senate. That could be late January to early February. Or in the middle of the 2009 Legislature’s session.

    Oh well, more work for Diane Denish, who will become New Mexico’s first female governor.

  • View of significance of Obama ‘event’

    The recent events propelling an almost unknown and unique quantity into the White House have captured the imagination and hopes of all Americans and I daresay the entire world.

    Many pundits and observers speak of his charisma, his presence, his intellectualism and his empathy. TV anchors laud his good looks and fitness, noting his workout routines. World leaders talk about the "hope" he brings.

  • Ideas for greening the holidays

    The holiday season is upon us and this year, more than ever, people are wondering how to deck the halls with GREEN ideas.

    At PEEC we have brainstormed our favorite green gifts and come up with a list to share.

    1. Handmade gifts are always treasured.

    Make a book of an historic trip or recipes that your family loved when you were little. Aspen Copies can help you make a calendar with family photos for each month. UPEX can help you laminate favorite photos to attach to your purse or luggage.