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Today's Opinions

  • The bad and the good here

    There are many pluses and minuses to living here on the Hill. A quiet lifestyle, generally very peaceful days and a quality of life second to none.

    But there is a downside: vandalism.

    We seem to have our fair share of it and it is always distressing.

    The ski hill has been hit, our schools attacked, parked cars damaged and marred. It is sad.

    We don’t know exactly why someone would resort to such activities. Some people are bored here and idle hands and all that can be bad.

  • Changes in system are needed

    I received a letter a couple of weeks ago in response to a column I had written. A part of the column – I think a sentence – referred to our failing schools.

    The letter was in response to that. I tried to verify the letter but could not, so could not run it. But I know that the comments made in it are pretty universal, as I have heard them before.

    Before I go into the letter, I would like to give some of my credentials in having such an opinion of the state of our educational system.

  • Issue continues to divide

    Dear Editor,

    I’m tires of sending letters to the editor, but I must take strong disagreement with George Chandler’s dismissal of the Monitor editorial criticizing Ken Milder on the skate park referendum rejection.

    His dismissal of the editorial as “ignorant” by a putative civics New Mexico 101 lesson and some self congratulatory words about how well government functions here struck me to use another term common in political discussion today: “out of touch.”

  • Thanks for Obama coverage

    Dear Editor,

    Thank you for covering the attendance (Aug. 29) of Los Alamos citizens at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. There were two big and very loud seating sections filled with New Mexicans on Thursday for Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at Mile High Stadium. Our “Los Alamos for Obama” banner was made by Lee Eakins and signed by many Los Alamos supporters.

  • Los Alamos bicycle unfriendly

    Dear Editor,

    Having just finished reading an article on bicycle-friendly communities worldwide that are experiencing a boom in bicycle use (Albuquerque Journal/ Journal North 8/31/08), I am both green with envy and red with anger – and I’m not talking chile here.

  • Municipal Building

    The Municipal Building issue has been controversial since the day it was announced that there were structural problems with it.

    Today, that building is gone but the matter of the facility remains a bone of contention for many folks.

    Now the council has approved a plan to move completely away from the Ashley Pond site, a location that up until this week, most residents seemed to favor. Is this a good move?

  • Uninsured rates increase in N.M.

    According to a new report from the Census Bureau, released by the Associated Press, New Mexicans are increasingly without medical insurance. Of course Gov. Bill Richardson says this underscores the need for health care reforms.

    And while that may be true, it is also true that many New Mexicans do not take advantage of the programs that are already currently available.

    According to the report, slightly more than one in five New Mexicans lack health insurance and nearly that many live in poverty.

  • Council action disappointing

    Dear Editor,

    I and many other Los Alamos residents were very disappointed in our County Council members’ actions at the council meeting in White Rock Tuesday, Aug. 19. Council members, with the exception of Nona Bowman, apparently came to the meeting to discuss a previously announced agenda item with closed minds, having already decided how they would vote. Some even presented statements written prior to hearing the discussion and testimonies that citizens gave.