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Opinion

  • Recent pieces of news fit into a picture you can use to promote your politics.

    Readers sometimes tell me my writing conveys some sense. This response rewards the work of connecting small pieces to form more of a picture.

    Or making a vessel to carry some context and content. The tool is hugely more consequential than bumper stickers.

  • I have been a resident of Los Alamos for over 40 years and have been involved in many aspects of community and county programs and efforts. I’ve witnessed many students of mine flourish at the golf course through golf lessons, tournaments and employment. Many of my colleagues and friends golf regularly and I have always been a proud supporter of this important component of our town. I believe our golf course is a huge asset to this community and I also believe that Donnie Torres has worked hard to ensure that golf is something to be proud of in Los Alamos.

  • Final reports out of the recent legislative session and beyond show that lobbyist spending has dropped significantly so far this year, reflecting the tough economic times confronting businesses and interest groups that hire lobbyists to influence the Legislature and other state officials.

    While we had hoped a new climate of openness was part of that, we tend to doubt it.

    We are not against lobbyists per se as that is nothing more than people getting together to seek to influence their elected officials. That is good.

  • Gov. Richardson kicked off a state conference on tourism saying New Mexico needs to work with neighboring states to attract international visitors to the Southwest as well as increase its efforts to lure film crews to rural parts of the state.

    True enough. But it seems that we need to do a lot more here to make this “business” pay off more.

    Last year, tourism brought about 12 million visitors and an estimated $5.5 billion in revenue to the state. That money supports thousands of jobs and the associated tax revenue from tourism exceeded $351 million.

  • My mother always said that some things are just right and some things are just wrong. As a mathematician, I found it odd that society would preclude fuzzy logic. 

    After all, if two wrongs make a right, why not just take all the wrongs, divide by two and make it right?  Would that be wrong? 

    Well, as usual, Mom was right about some things being wrong. It’s wrong to devote a single day of the year to our mothers. 

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  • JAY MILLER

    Syndicated Columnist

    SANTA FE -- Hasty implementation of a great idea early in Gov. Bill Richardson's administration has haunted state government ever since.

    When Richardson took office state government had 70 disparate payroll and human resources systems. It made sense to combine those into one overall system. Many other states were in the process of doing the same thing. Software programs had been developed that would handle such a task.

  • Raising morale while cutting costs during an economic downturn is one of the toughest jobs a manager can face.

    To succeed, managers must be honest with employees about the need to reduce costs, including those associated with wages and benefits.

  • Dear Editor,

    The troubled U.S. automobile industry has the capacity to produce 15 million cars and trucks per year, but the current market will support the purchase of only nine million.

    The industry answer to this problem is to downsize – close plants, furlough workers, cut expenses and produce only what the market can sell. Under normal economic conditions that is the way of the market and it is a good way.

  • Support your values, buy wind

    Felicia Orth

  • The commercial opens with what appears to be a very rude fellow lifting a woman’s hem, throwing sand in a child’s face, mussing a woman’s hair, knocking off a man’s hat, rattling a window shutter and turning over a tent.

    The large Frenchman sadly says that he was always misunderstood, and that people didn’t like him because he got on their nerves: “Maybe I came on too strong … it was lonely.”

    One day, someone accepted him for what he is and now he feels good at something.

  • There was a lot of controversy when the county declared the Municipal Building unfit and the council voted to tear it down.

    That was a very unpopular decision and its effects still linger today.

    But that was then and this is now and now the county is reaching out to the community for help as for what to do now. We should put the differences of the past behind us and work to ensure that we have the best facility – in the best  location – we can.

  • There is a lot of hysteria going on right now about the swine flu. The simple truth is that all you need to do is be smart.

    Here are the five things you need to do to keep yourself safe.

    • It seems obvious, but it’s very important to actually make sure you wash your hands.

    • That you cover your mouth with a tissue or handkerchief when you cough. 

  • Gov. Richardson’s announcement that Los Alamos County was getting $1.96 million for the Diamond Drive Phase III project and that Los Alamos Schools was going to get $807,000 for its special education program was good news – and bad depending on how you look at it.

    Add this to the millions in federal stimulus monies that Los Alamos National Laboratory is getting and so far we have done pretty well.

    The problem is that if you do not think the federal program is good at all, then this is not so good.

  • The recent story concerning a monitor and fence at the skate park and skater “etiquette” courses for the skaters who use the park near the library was ironic in light of the controversy over its location last year. I think most dissenters over the location at that time were not against skaters but recognized that the sensitivities of library patrons and skate park patrons would be in conflict. These steps towards overseeing the park and separating the groups certainly seem to prove that view.

    Paul Richardson

    White Rock

  • Here are a few thoughts about our child's and our own experiences at Mountain Elementary School: In our opinion, Mike Katko has been the best principal in a long time at Mountain Elementary School. We have lived right next the school for about 10 years, and our boy attended there from K-6 grades.

  • I couldn't help but notice the front page picture (Monitor, April 16) of bicyclists riding three abreast on the Jemez Bypass road. Isn't that against the law? And dangerous? Especially with the Jeep shown in the picture approaching from behind. And why does the caption seem to condone it!

    Article X, Chapter 38, Section 38-545(c) of the Los Alamos County Code of Ordinances states:

  • I would like to let the community know about a little café in town. It is only held the fourth Thursday of the month at the White Rock Baptist Church. It is a place that anyone dealing with dementia along with their families or caregivers can come have fun and relax together.

    The theme, "No Stigma" "No Explanations" "No Charge" "Just have Fun," is something that anyone dealing with Alzheimer's or any other form of dementia can understand!

  • During the recently completed legislative session, one of the issues that bubbled below the surface was the state’s generous subsidy programs that are designed to attract moviemakers to set up shop in New Mexico.

    New Mexico’s film subsidies – the primary components of which are a 25 percent subsidy for film producers doing business in New Mexico and up to $15 million in interest-free loans – have resulted in some big-budget films being made in the state.

    But the program costs taxpayers approximately $60 million annually.