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Today's Opinions

  • Quite a week in Los Alamos

    There were three momentous events in Los Alamos last week, two good and one not so good.

     

    First was the school bond election. The fact that it passed by a decent majority says a lot for the folks who live here.

     

    When presented with a positive plan, the community will back it. There was no doubt that our schools need work and improvements. We have one of the best school districts around but nothing stays at the top without some kind of investment.

     

  • Food stamp users hit record in ’08

    Food stamp use has surged statewide to an all-time high in 2008. Another sign that the nation’s economic turmoil is being felt here, the Associated Press reports.

    In December, the number on food stamps jumped by more than 6,000. State data show that 268,400 people received food stamps in December, an annual increase of 15.3 percent.

    That compares with 232,696 recipients statewide in December 2007.

  • Community is wonderful

    Dear Editor,

    I would like to thank the local businesses and the community for their efforts during the recent search and rescue of the lost snowboarder at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area. The Volunteer Ski Patrol did an unbelievable job searching for the lost person. The NM SAR Team also did an outstanding job. The very special, behind the scene support from the local businesses was above and beyond the call of duty.

  • Downward and downward it goes

    Dear Editor,

    Two problems among many contribute to the downward spiral of the current recession. One is in the real economy-people are unemployed and more are fired every day. Their potential production is lost to the economy. The second is in the flow of money in the currently clogged financial system.

  • Thank You President Obama

    Dear Editor,

    (Inspired by the thank you letter sent from over 250 health and human rights organizations on the recent Executive Order reversing the Mexico City global-gag rule.)

    Thank you for restoring funding for agencies which promote the idea that it is the preferred option that women kill the baby in her womb rather than take responsibility. It is preeminently obvious that this issue is more important than the banning of cluster bombs, elimination of land mines, expansion of a food stamp program, or establishment of positive measures relative to climate change.

  • Central lighting a bad idea

    Dear Editor,

     

    The pedestrian lighting recently installed on Central Avenue is ridiculous.  What would inspire a town of smart people to make such a foolish decision?

     

    On-line I found minutes from a county meeting from October 2007 in which the pedestrian lights were mentioned.  At the same meeting was a discussion of the town motto, “Where Discoveries are Made” and mention of the idea of “branding” Los Alamos.

     

  • Mr. Phelps think on the future

    Dear Editor,

     

    First, I’d like to congratulate Ralph Phelps on his appointment to council. He’ll do the job to the best of his ability with honor and integrity.

     

     Personally, I’m not all that dissappointed that I wasn’t appointed. But from a policy perspective, I am a bit surprised and a bit dismayed the Debbie Gill was not selected, for she has a solid understanding of the need to broaden the economic base of Los Alamos.

     

  • Slim pickings in assignments

    Tom Udall, New Mexico’s newest U.S. senator, seems to have made a poor deal in his desire to be a  U.S. Senator.

    This week, his committee assignments were released and we are unimpressed.

    When he decided to run for the Senate – at the urging of state and national Democratic leaders – it seems that he did not hold out for much of a deal.