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Today's Opinions

  • A powerful statement

    In the world of today, money is tight. The only ones who seem to have money is the federal government - and they are borrowing to the hilt.

    But state government is strapped, as is Los Alamos Schools.

    In an effort to help the situation here, Ellen Mills, president of the Los Alamos Federation of School Employees, told the school board that the union argeed to take a pay cut.

    This action should not be just brushed away without notice, it is an extraordinary event that deserves notice and praise.

  • Cooperativeness is good but is donation good idea?

    We understand that the University of New Mexico branch at Los Alamos is a real asset to the community. And we understand that it has felt the bite of the recession with a downturn in enrollment, causing some financial difficulities.

    But we really do not understand the county giving the school $150,000 in financial assistance. That seems be beyond what the county should do.

    We are all supportative of UNM-LA and think this institution should be supported by the community. Just not with taxpayer money.

  • What's wrong with this picture?

    Remember the various sorting exercises you did in kindergarten to learn differentiation? Maybe you have five round items and one cube.

    You learned “differentiation” by sorting the items into groups and determining which item did not belong.

    Carry those same skills into your logic and understanding today.

    The National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) recently released their 2009 list of the 11 most endangered historic places. Ten items belong in this group.

  • The problem of peace in the Middle East

    Dear Editor,

    This is a letter that I wrote recently to the president, that I would like to share with the community:

    The world desires peace in the Middle East, but does the United States share that desire?  Evidently not.

  • The meaning of a Municipal Building

    Dear Editor,

    The issue of the Municipal Building must be taken in the over-all context of Los Alamos itself. Three points:

  • Will Kilmer take on Denish?

    By JAY MILLER

    Syndicated Columnist

    SANTA FE -- The time has come for serious candidates to begin making public announcements about their intentions to run for office.

    For incumbents, that's relatively easy. Put out the word you plan to run again and make sure your previous supporters are still with you.

    But for non-incumbents, there is much to be done. Supporters must be lined up before another candidate grabs them. Fundraising must start before donors get tapped out.

  • Why Piracy Remains a Threat

    The United States dodged a bullet last month when American sailors and Navy Seals foiled Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden. But pirates never give up easily.

    The possibility that they will capture more Americans there and elsewhere remains. And that possibility presents real dangers for the Obama administration.

    Why should the world's greatest superpower worry about small groups of pirates? Because, while the military threat may be minimal, public reaction to a prolonged captivity crisis could derail the administration’s foreign policy.

  • New tool will work for all politics

    Recent pieces of news fit into a picture you can use to promote your politics.

    Readers sometimes tell me my writing conveys some sense. This response rewards the work of connecting small pieces to form more of a picture.

    Or making a vessel to carry some context and content. The tool is hugely more consequential than bumper stickers.