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Today's Opinions

  • What did he say?

    Dear Editor,

    Several quotes in a recent Monitor made no sense and are worthy of comment.

    First of all, the lead article concerning County Council’s decision to go forward with the Skate park.

    Councilman (Mike) Wheeler: “We can’t find a reason not to put it where it’s located now.”

    WHAT? In the very same article there are several reasonable reasons not to put it there.

  • Skate park will ruin area

    Dear Editor,

    Yesterday my wife and I attended the benefit concert for Self Help at Fuller Lodge. As we left and walked in the area, we both felt (along with several other folks walking that way) that the already begun construction of the skate park (plaza?) was a horror and would soon destroy the trees and make an ugly scene.

  • Scrap park, keep old folks happy

    Dear Editor,

    OK people I’ve come up with a new idea for the skate park. Just scrap the whole idea and don’t build it at all. That way everyone is happy especially the 500 or so names on a petition that I didn’t see nor did others.

    This way the old people in the senior motels and 2500 Central won’t have to worry about a lot of screaming teenagers upsetting them with all the noise and bright lights. Also the towns people will once again prove to the children that they should be neither seen nor heard.

  • Just what is democracy?

    We have to say that we are saddened by the comments made by Councilor Ken Milder as the council voted 6-1 to exclude the public’s input on the divisive skate park issue.

    We did not think that involving the public was anti-democratic. But apparently the councilor thinks so.

    His comment that, “I initially thought maybe they should let it go to ballot, but then we thought it was a cop-out. I’m not inclined to let it go to ballot.”

    This even after commenting that the community is divided 50-50 on the issue.

  • De Ja vous, all over again

    Dear Editor,

    Hmmm, skate park is going to court. This seems familiar. Remember when NNSA wanted to put in a security perimeter including West Jemez Road? Recall their tactics? Remember how the county council, same folks as we have now, screamed holy heck about being left out of the loop, ignored, and just being steamrolled?

    Didn’t they go to court about that? Didn’t NNSA just motor on with their little project and by the time the county had “won,” the West Jemez guard shacks were a fait accompli.

  • We must support our youth

    Dear Editor,

    I have taught at Los Alamos High School for almost 20 years. Through the years, many teen-agers have expressed to me that they think Los Alamos is a community that is run by and for its older residents. There is a perception among our youth that many adults in our town don’t care about kids.

  • 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.