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Today's Opinions

  • Common sense is busting out

    Dear Editor,

  • Beware unsustainable expenses

    Dear Editor,

    Without the citizens who established our community’s businesses and service organizations and promoted the work done at the laboratory after World War II, Los Alamos would have either disappeared or remained only as an isolated military outpost. Neighboring counties did not want any part of postwar Los Alamos and neither the Atomic Energy Commission nor the state of New Mexico knew how to solve the “Los Alamos problem” of providing citizens’ rights.

  • Sunset in bill wrong idea

    We find ourselves in agreement with Gov. Richardson who has complained about the current version of the so-called bill limiting campaign contributions.

    The governor is right to complain. While the bill looks good, it is only for two years and then must be renewed.  His comment that this is nothing  but “temporary ethics reform” is on target.

    Why is the Legislature doing this? How about because the law applies to them and it seems everytime we turn around they are excluding themselves from this law or that one.

  • Kudos to council for listening

    The members of the county council should receive high praise for their decision in the bypass road.

    While there are clearly two sides to this project, it is also clear that the vast majority of residents are opposed to the plan.

    The council listened and ended the project and they should be praised for that courageous act.

    Residents packed the council chambers Monday night ready to give their view, pro and con. After a short while it was clear that the vast majority of residents there were opposed.

  • Open conference committees important

    Anyone who pays attention to the Legislature has had this experience: Differing versions of a bill pass the House and Senate; the bills go to a conference committee; the bill that comes out is very different from the two that went in.

    What happened? Hard to tell. Why? Because New Mexico is among a handful of states that close conference committee meetings. So what? Well, do you want government to conduct business in the open or behind closed doors?

  • Corrections handling 1 in 35

    The Assosicated Press had disturbing story this week. It stated that 3 percent of our fellow residents are part of the corrections system.

    That is scary.

    New Mexico has seen a steady increase in people on probation and parole in recent years, reflecting a national trend, according to a report.

    The Pew Center on the States says that nationwide, the number of people on probation or parole nearly doubled to more than 5 million between 1982 and 2007.

  • Support our sports teams

    Dear Editor,

    I am writing this letter to pass along some important information to LAMS and LAHS parents and members of the community and to request your help and support.  The LAHS Athletic Department recently learned they were accepted into the Smith’s Earn and Learn fundraising program. In talking with Vicki Nelms, LAHS athletic director, all the sports teams associated with the Los Alamos High School, as well as those associated with the Los Alamos Middle School, will benefit from this fundraising effort. 

  • TIDDS is business as usual

    Dear Editor,

    Your fine editorial on tax increment financing (Does Not Seem Like A Good Deal To Us, Sunday, March 1) did not go nearly far enough. 

    It’s time to “connect the dots,” something which Common Cause N.M. has done for us in a 2007 report on the success of the real estate development industry in obtaining public subsidies from the state. (Google Common Cause N.M. and then click on “connect the dots research.”)