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Today's Opinions

  • West’s departure leaves many issues

    The hearts of everyone in Los Alamos goes out to Jim West, as do all our prayers and wishes for his speedy recovery.

    While we may have disagreed with him from time to time, his concern for this community, his hard and dedicated work and his efforts on all our behaves is unquestioned.

    His humor, his grace and his experience will be missed. He will be a tough act to follow.

    It is in that vein that we urge the council to proceed with all due caution. There is precedent for this in the past and the input and care taken then should be followed now.

  • Richardson and the commerce department

    Well, Gov. Richardson is going to become an “economic diplomat” in President-elect Barack Obama’s administration – whatever that means.

    He plans to step down as governor after being confirmed by the U.S. Senate. That could be late January to early February. Or in the middle of the 2009 Legislature’s session.

    Oh well, more work for Diane Denish, who will become New Mexico’s first female governor.

  • View of significance of Obama ‘event’

    The recent events propelling an almost unknown and unique quantity into the White House have captured the imagination and hopes of all Americans and I daresay the entire world.

    Many pundits and observers speak of his charisma, his presence, his intellectualism and his empathy. TV anchors laud his good looks and fitness, noting his workout routines. World leaders talk about the "hope" he brings.

  • Ideas for greening the holidays

    The holiday season is upon us and this year, more than ever, people are wondering how to deck the halls with GREEN ideas.

    At PEEC we have brainstormed our favorite green gifts and come up with a list to share.

    1. Handmade gifts are always treasured.

    Make a book of an historic trip or recipes that your family loved when you were little. Aspen Copies can help you make a calendar with family photos for each month. UPEX can help you laminate favorite photos to attach to your purse or luggage.

  • Black Friday only the beginning

    Today is Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving that is the beginning of the traditional holiday shopping season.

    As we all run off to do our shopping, it would be wise to remember all the options that we have right here at home.

    While Black Friday is not an official holiday, many employers give folks the day off, which increases the number of shoppers. And while retailers decorate for the holiday season weeks beforehand, many of them open early to draw people to their stores.

  • FRIED LIGHT: Fast Forward

    For more than a year we have watched the economic crisis wink into existence, signal its approach and finally melt all over us in painfully slow motion.

    Because the technical definition of recession is six or more straight months of declining gross domestic product, the advance of the illness could be seen coming from a long way off and its likelihood has been left to grow wildly in the mind without definite confirmation or determined response.

    And then the statistical lag time dulls the impact a little more.

  • County council should wait

    The council is scheduled Tuesday night to discuss the Municipal Building matter. We urge them to take no action.

    In fact, we think that this council should take action on only matters of extreme emergency to the county.

    We feel this would be in the public’s interest as it was clear by the results of the election that people want a change. And if this council continues to ignore this and proceeds with projects, it would be a grave disservice to the community.

  • County staffer is seeing green

    At the Los Alamos Sustainable Energy Network’s November meeting, Steve Brugger, Housing Program manager with the Los Alamos County Community Development Department described a new and innovative initiative that the County is currently constructing to assist residents with home improvements including energy efficiency upgrades.