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Today's Opinions

  • Disregard fear to find true human potential

    BY BOB FUSELIER
    Special to the Monitor

  • Public forums battle diversity

    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was....”
    These famously taut lines gain new currency from time to time. Now is such a time.
    Our land is besieged with cross fire of two words, “conservative” and “liberal.” With all said, they impute every vice borne in humans. The flaws are not confined to fiscal blunders.
    All camps deploy the blunted bywords to attack everything from choices of foods and poster phrases to word meanings themselves. “Liar, liar” is the prevailing counter point.   
    Would such deeds make more sense viewed differently? A thought or two can be drawn from “ecology.” As a framework for people, consider an ecosystem.     
    An ecosystem is made stronger by diversity, which works to stabilize and sustain the whole. Species eat different foods. Species find food and water in different ways. Species move differently and face different risks and ailments.
    Environmental conditions at every level constantly change. To meet change, diversity increases the chance of life forms able to adapt and thrive.

  • Work comp news is good, sort of

    From an economic development perspective, the news on workers’ compensation is pretty good. But workers’ compensation is never quite that simple.
    The National Council on Compensation Insurance, NCCI, presented its annual smorgasbord of statistics recently to a group of workers’ comp policy wonks. Costs are down, and rates in the voluntary market will go down in 2016.
    Like most statistical statements about workers’ comp, the statement above is infuriatingly incomplete until explained. The reduction of 6.2 percent is not a cut in anybody’s insurance premium but rather a decrease in the loss costs upon which premiums are based. Insurance carriers will use this information in setting their premium rates. The voluntary market refers only to conventional insurance companies – not to the large segment of the market covered by individual or group self-insurance programs, or to the Assigned Risk Pool.
    This decrease in cost puts New Mexico among the better-performing states. New Mexico’s decrease is bigger than all neighboring states except Texas. This is a selling point for the ever-hopeful industrial recruiters who are forever trying to entice businesses to locate here.

  • Monticello – NM – an unlikely source of balsamic excellence

    Government rescues and economic bailouts abound. But sometimes, which is the case in Monticello, things happen on their own, courtesy of individual initiative.
    Haven’t heard of Monticello or its neighboring hamlet, Placita? Then you neither wander the very rural parts of New Mexico, nor read national publications such as the Wall Street Journal.
    Monticello, once called Cañada Alamosa (Cottonwood Canyon) was settled in 1856 by ranchers and farmers. Even older is Placita, two miles away, established in the 1840s by the Sedillo family, whose descendents still live there. At the other end of the canyon, in 1874, was an Apache agency where Geronimo was once captured. The two communities flourished for a time – Monticello’s population was 573 in 1910 – before they went the way of many rural communities.
    Today, about 50 people live in Monticello. But there is a reason to visit soon, though it is neither the setting nor the loveliness of the village. It is the same attraction that drew the big national paper to the village – organic balsamic vinegar.  

  • Letters to the Editor 12-2-15

    Half agree with House leader McCarthy about terrorists

    I half agree with House Majority Leader McCarthy who is reported by Lederman and Hennessey in Sunday’s Monitor as saying: “It is against the values of our nation and the values of a free society to give terrorists the opening they are looking for.” I only half agree because the terrorists use explosives. If they would only stick to automatic weapons, they would be fully in accord with the values of our nation as a free society.
    Terry Goldman
    Los Alamos

    LA county council
    effort to find new brand seems ridiculous

    The county council’s effort to find a new brand for Los Alamos seems to be  verging on the ridiculous. Thank goodness “Live Exponentially” was shelved.  
    However, the nearly quarter of a million dollars involved in this effort seems like “spending exponentially” to me. Is there no “limit on the horizon” to this expenditure?

  • How good government helps mitigate climate disruption

    BY JODY BENSON
    Special to the Monitor

  • Thankful for students, parents, community

    BY KURT STEINHAUS
    Superintendent, Los Alamos School District

  • Letters to the Editor 11-25-15

    Consider giving to
    United Way campaign

    Each day I wake up and count my blessings. My health is good and I have access to great medical care if I need it. I have been able to complete three higher education degrees and will soon be starting a fourth.
    Over the course of my 31-year career in public safety. I have also been able to save some funds that should allow me a comfortable retirement. I live in a community that is not only located in one of the most beautiful parts or our great Earth, it also is blessed with great schools, low crime, great health care, great emergency services and caring and sharing people.  
    Not everyone in our community has experienced the wonderful blessings I have. Many are in need of our help to achieve good health, good education, and financial stability. We can make a life-changing difference for those in need by giving to the United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM). UWNNM covers both Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties.
    A unique feature not true with most charitable organizations is that 100 percent of your donated dollar will go to those in need. All administrative costs that are normally deducted from your personal donation are covered by UWNNM Cornerstone Sponsors.