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Today's Opinions

  • Charting UNM-LA's vision for the future

    On April 25, Cedric Page, executive director of UNM - Los Alamos, convened the institution’s first Higher Education Summit.

    A special group of community leaders joined forces with the key UNM-LA staff to examine where UNM Los Alamos is going, how it will get there and what will it look like in the future.

  • Read, read, read!

    Dear Editor,

    Seventy-five years ago – May 10, 1933 – the Nazis staged what is probably the most infamous of all book burnings.

    The burnings were a very public, very threatening public relations stunt organized by two Nazi student associations anxious to prove their allegiance to the government. The Nazi Purification Committee deemed more than 2,500 authors fuel for the fires, and thousands of books banned by the Nazi regime were tossed into the pyres.

    Minister for Popular Enlightenment and Propaganda Joseph Goebbels gave official approval to the event.

  • If only you believed in numbers

    Phew, we missed another one. I can only assume that if you are reading this the end of the world did not happen Saturday - as was predicted.

    See, a group called BetCRIS.com released a statement that, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the world's population clock will hit 6,666,666,666 and that meant the end of the world was upon us.

    This is related to the "fearful" 666 number sequence, of which this is the biggest yet.

    Of course, there was a time when the population was 6,666 or 66,666, or 666.666, or 6,666,666, or ... well, you get the idea.

  • Worry about the quiet lab employees

    Dear Editor,

    I’m normally a pretty outspoken person, but even I have been squashed into silence at LANS. We’re all living in a town full of fear – again. We fear for our jobs, our families, and our way of life. We already know we won’t survive the next inevitable LANS budget crisis unscathed.

    I wonder who it is bothering to look seriously at the human toll this will bring? Or is humanity just a problem for the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to deal with?

  • Hope dies last

    Dear Editor,

    There is a prognosis that humanity can survive on this planet only for another 25 generations. The sun will continue to shine after that.

    I would like to remind the wisest in the lab and at the Santa Fe Institute and others that if one cares about a really long-term future, we must drastically change the order of things. We must stop making things useful only for killing and begin to make useful things that are to be distributed widely so as to make this planet secure for all.

  • Some election recommendations

    The Monitor will continue its tradition of recommendations in election races, this year making some suggestions for the primary – in which early voting has already begun.

    The Monitor editorial board was not unanimous in its recommendations, and that will be noted when pertinent. And we will not comment on uncontested races.

  • Monitor endorses primary candidates

    The Monitor will continue its tradition of recommendations in election races, this year making some suggestions for the primary – in which early voting has already begun.

    The Monitor editorial board was not unanimous in its recommendations, and that will be noted when pertinent. And we will not comment on uncontested races.

    In the race for the U.S. House seat in the Third District, the board was divided between Don Wiviott and Harry Montoya in the Democratic primary.

  • Public needs bigger role in governing

    Dear Editor,

    In your March 30 editorial, this passage caught my attention: “We urge the public to come and become informed before the council adopts the budget on May 13.”

    This brings home a fundamental flaw in our current form of governance in our county. If the public’s function is solely to become informed, then one might ask, why bother?