Today's Opinions

  • Utility rates keep going up

    Utility rates keep going up

    It’s not like we didn’t tell you so, but we did tell you so.

    In response to increased costs, PNM is asking for new rates — and this is after they just received a rate hike.

    And it is not just PNM. Los Alamos recently approved a rate hike — in both electric and water rates.

    Meanwhile, New Mexico’s largest utility company announced it has proposed new electric rates to help the state prepare for future demand and the need for cleaner energy sources.

  • 99 bottles of beer and you

    Too many people break the speed limit on the highways. The obvious solution? Raise the speed limits!

    Obesity is a growing problem (no pun intended) in our elementary and middle schools. The obvious solution? Lower the price of candy bars!

    The song, “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall,” used to be a joke. I mean, seriously, who would drink 99 bottles of beer? Even the best of beers lose their flavor after your 18th bottle.

    And yet, this has become the theme song for many college presidents.

  • FRIED LIGHT: No alternative is no alternative

    FRIED LIGHT: No alternative is no alternative

    Every time I buy an airplane ticket these days I steel myself for the bad news to come:

  • Similar words not the same

    EDITOR’S NOTE: I want to thank Terry for pointing out the mistake I made in my column Sunday in copying the preamble. Knowing better is not enough. Thanks Terry.

    Dear Editor,

    I suppose I cannot blame you, since Wikipedia and many other sites (not sights!) that ought to know better have it wrong also, but: the preamble says that action is being taken to “ensure domestic tranquility,” not “insure.” See the original text at the Library of Congress: memory.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/r?ammem/bdsdcc:@field(DOCID+@lit(bdsdccc0801))

  • Co-op not involved in site

    Dear Editor,

    The letter by Vincent Chiravalle in the Monitor (“Trinity Site not good for county,” Sept. 9) includes several misconceptions about the issues surrounding the public/private partnership and construction of the new municipal building and commercial building at the 15th and Trinity site. His letter imputes certain motivations to the Los Alamos Co-operative Market (LACM) Board of Directors that are inaccurate, and the board would like to clarify our position.

  • We do need parking options

    Dear Editor,

    I would like to suggest that Mr .Vincent Chiravalle, a candidate for the local county council reconsider his view about building a parking lot at the new Trinity Site on Central Avenue.   

  • Stop taking signs

    Dear Editor,

    There has been a rash of attacks on political signs lately. I’ve heard of many Obama signs stolen and then found stuck in one yard in the western area. Several of my own signs have either been moved or damaged.  I don’t know about other candidates.  But I am asking the person or person’s responsible for these actions to stop!!

  • There'll never be another ewe

    Dear Editor,

    I was reading an article about strange laws, some of them truly bizarre, such as the one in Montana that prohibits having an unchaperoned sheep in the cab of your truck. Oddly enough, they don’t have any laws against unchaperoned goats. In Eureka Nev., it’s illegal for a man with a moustache to kiss a woman.  It is however (I assume) perfectly legal for a woman with a moustache to kiss a man.