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Opinion

  • Dear Editor,

    The June 12 guest column by Marita K. Noon titled  “Hypocrisy that knows no bounds” should have been a paid  advertisement by Big Oil.  I suspect that she was not driven to her  keyboard in response to President Obama’s comments about the CAFÉ  Standards (auto fuel efficiency standards), but by her funders of  Citizens Alliance for Responsible Energy, a nonprofit organization advocating for citizens rights to energy freedom. 

  • Dear Editor,

    “They are not long, the days of wine and roses/out of a misty dream/our path emerges for a while then closes/ within a dream.” Vitae Summa Brevis, Ernest Dowson, 1896

     “Preserve our history” Los Alamos County Strategic Goals, 2005.

     There is a day, which now exists only as an old article in The Atom (July 1967) with old black and white photos; as a weed grown tracery of missed opportunities and the road not taken; as wind across an empty expanse of grass.  But oncemponcem time..............

  • Science is full of unexpected discoveries, some coming at decidedly awkward times.

    Just as there can be a breakthrough in negotiating the end to a war that comes to everyone’s surprise on a major holiday, or intense spurts in which a writer completes a book in a week, there are times a scientist may feel awash in troubles but then see the world afresh as the facts fall into place in a new way.

  • Mining underpins our way of life. Nature may be the champion excavator, if one considers sculpted peaks and canyons. But with man-made mines like the Berkeley pit in Butte, Mont., man gets an “A” for effort. And then too, mines linger on, because they are frequently not adequately cleaned up afterward, even in violation of regulations and statutes.

  • New Mexico is so often near the bottom of any national ranking on child well-being, that we find ourselves in the sad position of saying “thank goodness for Mississippi,” or “thank goodness for Louisiana,” because without two impoverished states, we’d more often than not end up in last place.

  • The county council’s rejection of the utilities department’s request for a sewer rate hike was the right thing to do.

    In a 4-3 vote Tuesday night the council rejected a proposed ordinance that would have increased local sewer rates. This is not the time to be burdening people with more expenses.

    And it is not like the county is hurting for money, they are pretty much swimming in it right now.

    The increase would have provided some  $300,000 of revenue for maintenance and building cash reserves.

  • The theme of Friday’s event commemorating the 60th anniversary of Los Alamos was one of community.

    This is a theme we can agree with.

    But to be honest, we are not sure why the 60th anniversary celebration is so important. Usually a big anniversary would be the 50th or the 75th and so on.

    And there was a very big splash made in 1999 – the 50th anniversary. That makes more sense to us.

    So why this day and year are being played up we are not sure.

  • Each time I hear the news from our nation’s Capitol, I am reminded of the classic line from the movie “Tombstone.” Whether the clip is about spending or taxes, waterboarding or Gitmo, Government Motors or energy independence, I picture Doc Holliday pinning on the sheriff’s badge, as he quips, “My hypocrisy knows no bounds.”

    Our government leaders’ claims and actions seem extremely distant from one another. Do they think we do not notice?

  • Fewer than six in 10 students graduated from New Mexico’s high schools in 2006, giving the state a ranking of 48th in the nation, according to a report released by the Associated Press.

    Education Week’s report found New Mexico’s class of 2006 had a graduation rate of 56 percent. The study showed that an average of 73 students drop out each school day.

    The state only ranked ahead of Georgia (55.9 percent), the District of Columbia (48.8 percent) and Nevada (47.3 percent). The national graduation rate was 69.2 percent.

  • SANTA FE – All three of New Mexico’s newly-elected Democratic members of the U.S. House face re-election next year.

    And all three began raising money and getting in close touch with constituents the day they took office.

    Rep. Martin Heinrich’s 1st Congressional District is seeing much action with two possible Republican candidates, a libertarian, an unregistered hopeful and a lawsuit.

  • Dear Editor,

    In his June 7 story, Roger Snodgrass described very well the mood of the panel at the Albuquerque forum concerning public access to the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Unfortunately, in paraphrasing my comments that the caldera rim has truly world-class views, he transposed the owners of sections of the rim.

  • Dear Editor,

    Take a breather between the 60th Birthday celebration and Chamberfest activities this weekend in downtown Los Alamos with a refreshing stroll down Central Avenue.

    Tour Central Avenue and experience the transformation between Mari-Mac Plaza and downtown as result of the Central Avenue Pedestrian Crossings and Streetscape Enhancement Project.

  • It is no secret New Mexico’s State Investment Council (SIC) is in serious need of greater reform and oversight. Whether the issue is the widely-reported and greatly-inflated fees paid to third-party marketer Marc Correra or the lack of transparency in its decision making process, the issue is not whether the council needs to be reformed, but how broad and deep those reforms must be.

  • The Board of Trustees of the Valles Caldera National Preserve will meet Thursday at 6 p.m. in Los Alamos (at the Hilltop House), and we encourage the public to come and ask plenty of questions.

    Though the trustees make their decisions in closed door meetings held before the public one, (possibly in violation of the Valles Caldera legislation), the public meetings can be informative and at times entertaining, and they provide a chance to watch the “experiment” in action.

  • The glory of gardens

    I so enjoyed the Monitor’s pictures displaying our county’s gardens and the work done by many…to be enjoyed by so many. The rains are certainly helping, but there can be no doubt that much care is being given to make Los Alamos a “No more beautiful place!” It is much appreciated. Thanks!

    Peggy Pendergast

    Los Alamos

     

  • Nature has answer to the gopher problem

    So, Los Alamos County is having a gopher population explosion. That does not surprise me. When you kill off the predators, (bullsnakes, rattlesnakes, etc.) the prey species will take over. Our comprehensive plan says that we will protect our wildlife, but snakes are still getting the back end of the shovel.

  • Ideas about energy prices differ as widely as religious camps. Effects of energy prices are as far-spreading as wild mushrooms. Their nature is as fickle.

    Real effects of energy prices are so disparate that anyone can easily produce a “proof” for their side of “economic reality.”

    Handpicked proofs clutter the news.

    National proposals are now afoot that would raise the price of energy from fossil fuels, by far our most-used source.

    What would be the end result? As practice, I lay out a cross section of facts to stir thinking.

  • John Nothdurft, a legislative specialist for The Heartland Institute asked some interesting questions.

    What do alcohol, playing cards, soft drinks, blueberries, tobacco, bottled water, and nudity all have in common?

    His answer is obivious, states tax these things to bring in more revenue and alter people’s behavior.

    And it is getting worse - if you will. Massachusetts is looking at a candy tax, Nevada is looking at a prostitution tax, a marijuana tax will come in California and a Seattle will soon have a plastic bag tax.

  • The attorney who filed a lawsuit against Vanderbilt Financial, nine company executives and about two dozen other investment firms and numerous individuals as defendants alleging the state lost money in flawed investments through an alleged pay-to-play scheme involving Gov. Richardson’s unsuccessful campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, says he is being stone-walled by the state.

  • Dear Editor,

    I am writing in regard to Skip Dunn’s May 26 Monitor article, “What’s Wrong with this Picture,” and his assessment of Marita Littauer-Noon and her opinions as expressed in past pro-energy articles.