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Today's Opinions

  • YourBook: Help us help them

    Dear Editor,

    The Los Alamos Middle School yearbook staff is attempting to launch a new program aimed at providing deserving students with a yearbook. We are calling this the YourBook Program.

    The LAMS faculty and staff have identified worthy students who deserve a yearbook but simply cannot afford one. The program is designed to put yearbooks in the hands of good kids caught in a difficult situation.

  • Many object to skate park location

    Dear Editor,

    I don’t think many people in Los Alamos object to the idea of providing a skate park for young people, though one might wonder whether the $500,000 plus it will probably end up costing, once the hidden costs are added, is really the best use of our county funds right now. But there is indeed a serious issue with the proposed location in front of Mesa Public Library.

    Simply put, the county council has never provided the community as a whole with an adequate opportunity to provide input on the location.

  • Guest Opinion: The other side of the skate board park

    In a recent Monitor County Corner column (April, 17), Robert Gibson, vice-chair of the county council (CC) described his view of county government as both “owner” and “regulator” of county projects. Then he claims “as owner, the county decides where we want a project, how much we are willing to pay for it, and where it should be.” The CC sets themselves up as both judge and jury, switching back and forth to their advantage.

  • Guest Opinion: Army Reserve celebrates 100 years

    April 23 marks the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Army Reserve. This is occasion is noteworthy given the history of the Army Reserve, and its mission since September 11, 2001.The Army Reserve’s 100th anniversary validates our nation’s enduring need for such a force, and the event gives Americans the opportunity to recognize the contributions of hundreds of thousands of men and women who served our nation for a century.Further, our anniversary recognizes that the force has changed dramatically over 100 years to meet the needs of our nation.

  • New Mexico unveils its quarter

    Well, the long, anticipated wait for the nation’s 47th state to reveal its quarter ended last week when – what was called Multicultural New Mexico – showcased its new  coin. And was it ever worth the wait.Here we have, after a contest, years of anticipation and hype a quarter with the outline of the state and the Zia symbol.Oh, you’re waiting for the other shoe?  There is not going to be one – that is it.

  • Off and On: Support education – it is the key

    A recent study reported that about 70 percent of U.S. students graduate on time with a regular diploma and about 1.2 million students drop out annually.

    Locally, we had only 22 dropouts out of some 1,200 students last year.

    Nevertheless, the numbers are disturbing.

    Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, founding chair of the group doing the study, told the Associated Press that “when more than 1 million students a year drop out of high school, it’s more than a problem – it’s a catastrophe.”

  • Skate Park approvals following normal process

    Last Sunday’s (April 13, 2008) Monitor editorial admitted understandable confusion about the approvals for the Skate Park and “hoped someone in the county can set us straight.” This is an attempt to do so.Much of the confusion arises from the county government’s two distinct roles in public projects. It is the “owner” of the project. It also is the “regulator” with responsibility to determine that the project meets all legal requirements applicable to any owner.

  • Processes do need streamlining

    Dear Editor,