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Today's Opinions

  • Trouble right here in Atomic City

    Dear Editor,

    Run for your lives! A skate park at the library site? Oh, the hand ringing! Oh the tumult! It might destroy our very way of life and end civilization as we know it.

    What would the boys from the Ranch School that founded Los Alamos say? Would they be horrified? Sure, they played ice hockey at the Pond every winter, but a skate park at the library site? They must be rolling in their graves! Adventure, excitement, exercise near a historical area? NEVER! They prefer peace and quiet nowadays, thank you. Eventually, we all will.

  • Enough of King George W.

    Dear Editor,

    In 1215, the English barons revolted against King John, who had abused his power. He invaded France – which resulted in military disaster – and bled his subjects to pay for it. England was put under interdiction by Pope Innocent III for John’s defiance of the Church.

  • Udall on the path to the future

    Dear Editor,

    I’d like to commend Rep. Tom Udall for his solo vote against the House Appropriations Committee’s reckless proposal to drastically cut funding to the lab. This was not just a cut in future budgets; it would have cut this year’s budget as well, an irresponsible approach to reducing the nuclear weapons complex. In contrast, Udall in his careful way continues to pursue a thoughtful and realistic approach to “providing a path to the future for our national laboratories.”

  • Habeus Corpus brouhaha

    Dear Editor,

    As I understand it, the recent Supreme Court decision reaffirmed the right of habeus corpus to all accused persons within the legal jurisdiction of the United States. I am not a lawyer but understand that habeus corpus translates to “do you have a body?” to prove that a crime was actually committed. This has been a fundamental principle of our western law system for centuries. An accused person cannot be held unless there is proof that a crime was committed.

  • Where's the competition?

    Dear Editor,

    So Los Alamos has two grocery stores. Smith’s and Smith’s. And now we’re getting two Holiday Inn Express facilities? Am I to believe that for the state’s most affluent community there are no competitors of these companies interested in locating here?

    TJ Taub

    Los Alamos

  • Off and On: Our history is well worth learning

    The July 4th weekend is a celebration of our nation’s independence and our nation’s survival.

    July 4th 145 years ago saw the retreat of the Confederate Army from Gettysburg in defeat, perhaps saving the nation from a permanent split.

    And it led t o the ideal we strove for, as President Lincoln enunciated in his Gettysburg Address and that led to the end of slavery here.

    As we celebrated the anniversary of an event in world history on Friday that deserves to be remembered, we must seek to honor the event every day.

  • Our View: Near the bottom of another list

    It seems that every time a national report comes out, New Mexico seems to be near the bottom of it.

    Well, it has happened again.

    According to an annual Kids Count report, our state ranks 48th in the nation for child well-being with poor showings in its teen pregnancy and child death rate, as well as the number of high school dropouts and youths living in poverty.

    And once again, the only places worse than us are Louisiana and Mississippi.

    New Hampshire ranked No. 1 for child well-being.

  • We are still the land of opportunity

    Many people like to spend much of their time working overtime to find anything – and everything – that is wrong with America.

    And while there are issues and concerns we as a people and nation have and must deal with, a very solid case can be made that this is truly the best place there is to live.

    When we have troubles – be it with the government, our leaders or our laws – we deal with them. We don’t bury our heads and pretend those problems don’t exist.