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Today's Opinions

  • Visit schools to get good look

    kDear Editor,

    Hey, should visit your local schools and see for yourself, the things that have happened over the last few years.  We at Barranca Mesa Elementary are thankful for our new boiler, so now we all have heat regularly. 

    Yes, we do have much more to do to get our run down schools up to where they need to be for safety and quality of education.  The tax rate in our community is so low that it is hindering us from doing many things within the community and actually I find it embarrassing. 

  • Why should we ask why?

    There’s an old story about a philosophy professor who presented the students with a test asking a single question ... “Why?” 

    As the story goes, the only person who received an “A” was a student who submitted the answer, “Because.”  Another version of the story has the student answering, “Why not?”

    The story is of course a classic academic myth, a folk legend promulgated on the premise that philosophy defines its own worth and that the value of questioning the questions is itself in question. 

  • To raise or not to raise the issue

    The governor announced his budget proposal this week. It calls for some cuts and some increase in tax collections to balance the budget.

    He says he does not see the need for a tax hike.

    We wish him well.

    Does anyone really think the Legislature will go along with Richardson and cut education? They are perhaps the strongest lobby around.

    Cut education?

    His plan to hold the line on capital projects has a chance, but when it comes to each legislator’s particular project, when this idea is dealt one project at a time, can this idea really work?

  • Someone should tell what’s happening

    Tuesday night the school board was taken through the steps of the Trinity Place partnership between the school district and the county.

    Fair enough.

    Superintendent Mary McLeod and board member Joan Ahlers presented a slide show.

    Sounds good.

    Then Ahlers told the board that all the information presented is subject to change.

    What? It is here that we become lost.

    The vote on this project was, what, two years ago? The county is well along the way in building up the Airport Basin site in preparation of moving out of the Trinity Drive location.

  • More proof we have good schools

    In the midst of the current bond election there is some solid proof that we are producing some first-class students.

    In the current edition of U.S. News and World Report, where they rank high schools across the nation, three New Mexico schools were honored with silver medals.

    And Los Alamos High was one of those.

    In the report, “America’s Best High Schools,” more than 21,000 high schools were evaluated.

    They were graded on student performance and how well the schools prepare students for college.

  • School bond vote important decision

    There is a very important debate going on in our community right now. And it centers around all of the basis of society, taxes, youth, the world today and the future.

     

    It’s not an easy discussion. It is often hard to look too far ahead when you can barely pay today’s bills. It is hard to discuss what things will be like in 10 years when you’re not sure how you will get though this one.

     

    And both sides of this discussion have good points.

     

  • Time to fix schools is now

    Dear Editor,

     

    We are responding to the Jan. 6 letter from Richard Hannemann titled, “There is no hurry for bond.”   Richard states, “We have already seen, far too often in the past year, what happens when programs and expenditures get pushed forward too fast and too hard, in a need for speed that has no objective foundation.”  

     

  • Support the bond

    Dear Editor,

    I would like to voice my support for the upcoming LAPS bond election. I am a proud graduate of LAPS and I know how fortunate we are to have excellent schools. 

    Many of my co-workers living in both Santa Fe and Albuquerque are forced to send their children to private schools at considerable expense. Our excellent schools also attract many families and great teachers to our community helping us all thrive.