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Opinion

  • Katko deserves support

    Dear Editor,

    Removing Mountain Principal Mike Katko is outrageous. He is dedicated, loves his job and the students and only wants what is best for them.

    When are we going to remove politics and pettiness from our schools and replace it with care and concern for the students.

    The people trying to remove him should be ashamed.

    Mary Diecker

    Los Alamos

  • Bicycle safety demands attention

    Dear Editor,

    In reference to the recent article on bicycle safety concerns, I would like to offer my solution.  More citizens are thinking green by riding bikes and motorcycles.

    As an instructor of the AARP Driver’s Safety Program, I make drivers aware of how to approach cyclists. But, I also advocate that the cyclists need to be more responsible for being seen.

  • Park Monitor good idea

    Dear Editor,

    Hallelujah, hooray and thank you so very much, decision makers of Los Alamos County government! Well done!

    Thank you for your wise decision to hire a state park monitor, which is much needed and for the putting up of a fence around the park.

  • Stimulus jobs at lab, really?

    Dear Editor,

     The article “Lab wants to spread jobs, put stimulus to work,” (Monitor, April 15) was very interesting. However, I offer the following additional comments.

  • “The most direct road to … (Los Alamos) … was a treacherous washboard running through the Indian Pueblo of San Ildefonso, over the muddy Rio Grande, and then up a series of muddy switchbacks. As we neared the top of the mesa, the view was breathtaking. Behind us lay the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, at sunset bathed in changing waves of color – scarlets and lavenders. Below was the desert with its flatness broken by majestic palisades that seemed like the ruined cathedrals and palaces of some old, great, vanished race.

  • Monday, the council begins hearings on its 2010 budget and we urge you to make your voice heard.

    The hearings are open to the public and begin Monday with an overview and ideas from our elected officials.

    Tuesday, the discussion will be on capital projects; Thursday the council will discuss operating budgets. All of the budget hearings will begin at 7 p.m. and be held in council chambers.

    If you have a concern or comment, now – not six months from now – is the time to get up and speak.

  • This Wednesday there will be a very special FAN Club at the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Center at 109 Central Park Square.

    From 5:30-7 p.m. the chamber is hosting a very  festive event – a time to come and thank someone who has given us hours of pure joy.

    Wednesday is the day to come and celebrate 20 years of music and fun and to thank the man who is responsible – Russ Gordon.

  • First, you create a state agency that has a very unclear duty, give it no budget and then continue to name controversial people to head it.

    Welcome to the New Mexico Film Museum.

    First, Gov. Richardson appointed former Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil-Giron to the post at a salary of more than $85,000-per-year. You know her, the person being investigated by the federal government for misusing election funds.

    Not only that, she was to earn about $8,000 more than the last director. This despite the fact the museum has no budget, archives, collections or an office.

  • Get solid advice on Trinity

    Dear Editor,

  • Fermi postage stamp has an error

    Dear Editor,

    In the April 4 Monitor story about the visit of Enrico Fermi’s granddaughter to Los Alamos, a photo of Fermi in front of a blackboard was included with no caption.

  • Why do economic downturns catch experts unawares? Even more intriguingly, why do they defy analysis after they’ve happened?

    Neither economists nor financiers can agree on why the world’s economies are in free-fall today. More than 70 years later, there’s still no agreement on what caused the Great Depression. Not even in hindsight does consensus emerge.

  • SANTA FE – What is the most interesting county in New Mexico? Is it Rio Arriba, with its political intrigue and 400-year-old cultural traditions?  

    Is it Doña Ana, with its southern Rio Grande Culture? Is it Grant County with its mining history, Black Range Tales and the most colorful Madame in the West? Is it bustling Albuquerque or historic Santa Fe?

    It would be possible to name every county in some category but I seem to find myself writing about more unusual happenings in Lincoln County than any place in our state.

  • 2009 has been named the International Year of Astronomy to celebrate 400 years of the telescope.

    The telescope was invented in Holland in 1608. On July 26, 1609, the Englishman Thomas Harriot looked at the moon through a 6-power telescope and drew what he saw. It was the first map from a telescopic image.

    Just a month later, Galileo presented a homemade 8-power telescope to the Venetian Senate. That fall he turned a 20-power telescope to the heavens.

  • VCNP vistas have been taken

    Dear Editor,

  • Dear Editor,

     I am greatly concerned about Principal Mike Katko’s possible termination as principal of Mountain Elementary School. I first heard about this and thought, “I don’t know the details. I should stay out of it.” Upon reflection, however, I realized I care too much about whether this man is a part of my child’s education to remain silent.

  • Before we get back to your calls, we just want to say that our goal for this editorial is 20 bucks. One measly Andrew Jackson, a couple of teensy weensy pledges and we’ll resume our regular editorializing.

    I hear the phone ringing already. But before we go to the phones, I want to remind you…

    The good news about the current national obsession with the declining fortunes of newspapers is that nobody has suggested a PBS-style fundraising campaign as a solution.

  • There are some pretty despicable people out there in this world. The unspeakable atrocities done by some can sicken the strongest among us and bring to a boil even the most forgiving disposition.

    Sadly, our country is not immune to such vile behavior. The United States has always enjoyed being a leader in the world and violent crime has never been an exception to the many lists in which we find ourselves competing for first place.