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Today's Opinions

  • A quick gopher fix

    To all you gopher lovers, especially those who attended the Fuller Lodge meeting last week, I just heard another possible remedy from a very nice woman I met in one of the county offices.

    She lives in Western Area and heard that if you chew Juicy Fruit Gum a little then put it in the gopher hole (I guess chew just enough to soften but leave flavor in), the gopher disappears.  She tried it and can’t say whether it worked but her gophers disappeared. Sounds a lot easier than traps. If it works, don’t fix it.

  • A little advice from your elders

    Dear Editor,

    People running for elected office as well as those voting in upcoming elections may want to listen to the wisdom of elders. During a recent discussion circle at Sombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, the topic was, “What characteristics do you look for in an elected official?” Those participating in the discussion were senior citizens who have voted in many elections.

  • Wilson the best choice

    Dear Editor,

    We Republicans have two strong candidates seeking to replace Sen. Pete Domenici, who is retiring. I think the choice comes down to which candidate can beat Tom Udall. I believe Rep. Heather Wilson is our strongest candidate for the following reasons:

    • Heather understands and has strongly supported our laboratory although it isn’t in her district. She also is an expert in national defense and security. Her broad experience includes serving children, youth and family in Gov. Gary Johnson’s administration as a cabinet secretary.

  • Our View: Be sure to vote

    While voting has been going on for some time, Tuesday is the big day when polling places will be open and tallies made.

    If you have not voted, be sure that you do so at your place of registration (see Sunday’s paper for a complete list.)

    Voting is one of the key elements of a democracy, be sure that you take part.

    Registered voters can begin casting ballots on primary election day from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

    As a recap, here are the Monitor’s recommendations in this primary election; only commenting on contested races..

  • 2008: A class imbued with hope

    Maybe Thursday’s snow in what is usually dry, windy May set up the little miracle of synchronicity that reflects the Class of 2008: life opens to surprises. A class that was formed by the Cerro Grande Fire, 9-11 and the last seven years in wars whose investment in blood and treasure could bankrupt their future – this class marched through graduation into adulthood with the fire of hope.

  • Skate park problems far from over

    Dear Editor,

    After the recent P&Z meeting on the skate park, I e-mailed the council that I feared several unintended consequences of the process that was used, namely the following:

    • community division;

    • loss of faith in boards and commissions; and

    • increased cynicism about the way in which county leadership engages the community.

    I received no e-mail back.

    Now council is rightly concerned about bad behavior and division and I think they should be concerned about the other points I enumerated as well.

  • Cancellations affect few students

    Dear Editor,

    I want to respond to the small part of my quote in the May 13 article about UNM-LA: “A student had three classes canceled.” That came after I said, “In reality, very few students are affected by class cancellations, but occasionally one or two students are impacted greatly.”

    The majority of the classes we cancel have zero enrollment, so no students are affected when we cancel these classes. Another large number of classes cancel with one to three students in them and only a handful of students are affected.

  • Math could help on Diamond

    Dear Editor,