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Today's Opinions

  • Dispelling 'Big Oil' myths

    Dear Editor,

    Ned Cantwell’s recent editorial piece drove home the point that most of America cannot, will not, or does not have the time to understand the reasons for the increase in the price of oil and gasoline. Since I have had the time, I hope I can clear up a few myths.

    Myth #1: “Big Oil” is responsible for the price of oil and could choose to lower it.

    Oil is a global market; its price is determined by the intersection of world demand (increasing fast) and world supply (stagnating).

  • Trail maintenance benefits all

    Dear Editor,

    I read Mr. Cortesy’s June 18 piece, “Bikers beneficial to forests” with interest. I, too, have rarely seen anyone else doing trail work, but I know plenty of it gets done nonetheless, because without it trails would not be built nor remain usable for long.

  • Partnerships key to conservation

    Prior to moving to Los Alamos, I worked for a small business that contracted conservation services to many utility providers across the Southwest, including the Albuquerque and Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (ABCWUA). During that time, Albuquerque witnessed a 30-percent decrease in its overall water consumption, totaling more than 100 billion gallons saved – enough water to serve the needs for the county of Los Alamos for more than 70 years.

  • When will 'good fortune' come?

    Dear Editor,

    In the June 11 edition of the Monitor, there was a big spread about the school board approving a “$40 million infrastructure-rebuilding project.” And the LAPS contractor said it was “a one-time tax increase ee then we can support this program on into the future, and with some good fortune and growth (italics added) the tax base will exceed the projected growth and we will be able to increase the amount of money that can be generated for bond sales in the future.”

  • Another outrageous decision

    Dear Editor,

    So we have another outrageous decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, granting the right of Habeas Corpus to Guantanamo prisoners.

    Sen. John McCain calls it one of the worst decisions in history. Newt Gingrich calls it the worst – even worse than the Dred Scott fugitive slave law decision. The Wall Street Journal tops them both by comparing it to the recent terrorist-freeing prison break engineered by the Taliban in Afghanistan, calling the breakout “Habeas Corpus – Taliban style.”

  • We all need to accept reality

    Dear Editor,

  • Guest Opinion: Bikers beneficial - but many others help out on local trails

    John Cortesy’s commentary on trail maintenance on National Forest lands is dead-on in one respect: I am a hiker and I mountain biker and neither he nor anyone else has ever seen me carrying a chainsaw on a national forest trail.

    However, over the past 10 years I and at least 800 other volunteers that I know have worn out more than a two-dozen blades on my collection of four 22-inch bow saws.

  • Another good step forward

    We must take a moment to pause and give the lab some due when it is deserved. And it earned some big points Wednesday when it hosted the quarterly Community Leaders Breakfast.

    It is easy to point out when the lab fails or when it falls short. But if that is so, then the opposite should also be true.

    And it is so here as LANL Director Michael Anastasio should be given credit for opening the lab’s doors – if even just a little.