Today's Opinions

  • Sierra Club – Going green: Good work for schools

    Summer is for kids outside. The reality, however, is that for most of the year, most kids are inside, and much of that time is spent inside schools. It is within these walls, taught by committed teachers, that the future is formed.

    So what does being in school have to do with the environment?


  • Why such a lack of concern?

    Dear Editor,

    A police officer dumps a paralyzed man from his wheelchair because he could not stand up to be searched. A pedestrian is hit by a car and lies bleeding in the street while people merely glance at him as they hurry past. A woman collapses onto the floor of an emergency room as onlookers ignore her and security personnel look at her and walk away. She is finally kicked by a nurse to check her level of consciousness.

  • A Fourth of July convert

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  • Passive 'no' vote doesn't cut it

    Dear Editor,

    Unlike Mr. Chandler, I don’t hold Tom Udall’s passive “no” vote on the Appropriations Committee’s pass on the bill containing LANL budget cuts in high regard. If Udall had been actively working and lobbying his fellow committee members on behalf of the lab, there might have been a different story. Both Pete Domenici and Steve Pearce know the value of being aggressive in one’s home committee when it comes to taking care of constituents. A passive “no” vote after the damage is done just doesn’t cut it.

  • Monitor should promote a clean Los Alamos

    Dear Editor,

    My name is Ashvini Vaidya. I am 10 years old. I am writing this letter to you because every day when my father goes to work, he always has to pick up at least four pieces of trash. So, I suggest that people in Los Alamos start cleaning and picking up the litter. It’s safe for the environment and for us! So, if you could put an article in the paper about pollution, the environment, recycling and trash, I truly think our county can be a lot cleaner than it is now.

    Ashvini Vaidya

    Los Alamos

  • Our View: Think local

    Several years ago, the state invested heavily in bringing a call center to the Albuquerque area. They said they were working to provide jobs.

    That center is now closed. Moved on. Jobs gone.

    Recently the governor announced that Albuquerque would be home to a $35 million automobile factory for Tesla Motors’ all-electric, four-door, five-passenger sedan. He said the facility would mean 400 new jobs.

    Today, state officials are expressing disappointment that the company that built the first mass-produced, all-electric car will keep its factory in California.

  • But I digress: Geograwhat?

    Where in the world is Waldo? Okay, let’s say he’s in the thriving metropolis of Thimphu. Uh, well, where’s that? Oh, it’s the capital of Bhutan. Really? Um, where’s Bhutan? It’s in Asia. You DO know where Asia is, don’t you?

    Depending on your age, the answer is very likely “No.”

  • Our View: Governor announces new DWI initiatives

    Last week, Gov. Richardson announced several new DWI initiatives as part of the 100 Days and Nights of Summer campaign to prevent drunk driving.

    While we laud the governor’s efforts, it must be remembered that there are some very good anti-DWI laws already on the books – we only need to get our judges to enforce them better.