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Today's Opinions

  • Just what is democracy?

    We have to say that we are saddened by the comments made by Councilor Ken Milder as the council voted 6-1 to exclude the public’s input on the divisive skate park issue.

    We did not think that involving the public was anti-democratic. But apparently the councilor thinks so.

    His comment that, “I initially thought maybe they should let it go to ballot, but then we thought it was a cop-out. I’m not inclined to let it go to ballot.”

    This even after commenting that the community is divided 50-50 on the issue.

  • De Ja vous, all over again

    Dear Editor,

    Hmmm, skate park is going to court. This seems familiar. Remember when NNSA wanted to put in a security perimeter including West Jemez Road? Recall their tactics? Remember how the county council, same folks as we have now, screamed holy heck about being left out of the loop, ignored, and just being steamrolled?

    Didn’t they go to court about that? Didn’t NNSA just motor on with their little project and by the time the county had “won,” the West Jemez guard shacks were a fait accompli.

  • We must support our youth

    Dear Editor,

    I have taught at Los Alamos High School for almost 20 years. Through the years, many teen-agers have expressed to me that they think Los Alamos is a community that is run by and for its older residents. There is a perception among our youth that many adults in our town don’t care about kids.

  • Birth rates for poor high in N.M.

    Again, New Mexico is near the top of a list we probably wish we were not even on.

    According to the Associated Press, New Mexico is one of eight states with statistically higher rates of births from women on public assistance.

    In other words, our poor are having children at a high rate. So much for the state and schools educating us.

    Of course, this goes hand in hand with our high drop out rate and our low educational levels.

    Let’s just give more money to our failing schools!

  • County should help schools

    Dear Editor,

    Los Alamos Pubic Schools is highly regarded for academic excellence and make Los Alamos a desirable place to live. We must ensure that the schools have classrooms and facilities that live up to this reputation. I applaud the school district for formulating a plan to revitalize aging school facilities including the high school, middle school and Aspen Elementary School.

  • Community does serve youth

    Dear Editor,

    In a recent letter to the editor, (Aug. 12) Manuel Baca refers to petitioners who believe that “eethe youth of this community have been sold short and have been given the short end of the stick.” Mr. Baca is among those petitioners. I have to wonder what planet these people are living on.

  • Monitor does not want to know

    Dear Editor,

    The issue is here is not that you don’t understand it’s that you don’t want to understand. At every turn in this debate in the past six months or even longer there have been accusations of the county not following procedure and of council members spouses trying to influence P&Z Commissioners.

  • Fried Light: A guide to merging

    You may be relieved to learn that help is on the way in the war between sidezoomers and lineuppers. If you’re a zipper, like me, you’ll be especially pleased.

    How many times have we approached a patch of construction or a temporary diversion on the highway, where two or more lanes of traffic are required to funnel down into one?

    This can be a daily occurrence or an ephemeral surprise. It is one of the conditions of our radical independence and individuality.