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Today's Opinions

  • 2009

    We enter 2009 with a lot of questions. From the situation nationally with a new president to local issues of jobs and development, many folks are wondering just how well off we are.

    As we entered 2008 there were some serious matters facing us – some of which has been resolved. But some were not and many new ones surfaced.

    The situation at Los Alamos National Laboratory is far from settled. There are still talks of cutbacks, questions of funding – especially given the unsettled national situation and economic problems.

  • Voters should have final say

    Dear Editor,

    The fundamental underpinnings of our democracy is the right to vote for the candidates of our choice.  When someone whom we have elected cannot continue in the elected position, it becomes the responsibility of an elected official or officials to appoint a replacement. 

    This procedure is normally defined in a document such as the federal or state constitution or a city or county charter.  

    In Los Alamos County the charter simply says the council should choose someone to fill the position.

  • Getting back to spirit of Christmas

    Maybe there’s snow falling on Christmas Day. Maybe acid rain, or regular rain. Maybe nothing.

    Perhaps in your family, you decorate the tree the day after Thanksgiving, or you wait until Christmas Eve, or you drag a still-tinseled artificial tree down from the attic some day, in between a Broncos game.

    Or maybe you even call it something else. Or celebrate just a bit differently.

  • Report finds New Mexico’s improved

      Two petitions have been presented to council regarding the Judicial/Police/Jail Complex and two petitions have failed to have an impact on councilors’ decisions to push through with the project.

      On  Tuesday night, Council approved GMP #2 in the amount of $15,011,650, as well as the 100 percent drawings on the project.

  • OURVIEW:Final votes cast for Obama

    The 2008 election is finally over. If you think it was done when the canvass was made official, well you are wrong.

    No, the election for president was not over until Brian Colon, Annadelle Sanchez, Tom Buckner, Christy French and Alvin Warren voted. And remember, you did not vote for Obama, you voted for these people.

    By now you know that these are the state’s electors, the people who really make New Mexico’s vote for Obama count. That is the way our system works.

  • OURVIEW:Domenici closes Washington office

    Sen. Pete Domenici has closed his office in Washington, D.C., signaling the end of his 36-year career in the U.S. Senate.

    Domenici, R-N.M., announced his retirement after disclosing he had been diagnosed with a degenerative brain disease. He said last month a prominent doctor has questioned whether he suffers from the illness.

    Domenici said he met with Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., and Sen.-elect Tom Udall, the Democrat who won the race for Domenici’s open seat, and offered “to help them where I can to advance the best interests of our state.”

  • Plenty of wasteful spending in state

    According to the latest numbers, New Mexico faces a $454 million budget shortfall. For just the third time in 20 years, revenue is expected to decline during the current budget year.

    Certainly, the ongoing financial crisis and subsequent rapid drop in oil and gas prices are at the heart of the issue, but the good times were destined to come to an end for New Mexico which had been living beyond its means for several years.

  • Thanks for all your support

    Dear Editor,

    We would like to take this opportunity to thank our loyal customers for their continued support of the businesses at Hilltop Shopping Center at Diamond Drive and Arkansas.  It meant a lot that our customers did take the time and effort to support our businesses, knowing the difficulties they faced with detours and traffic delays.