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Opinion

  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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.

  • “All real estate is local.” You’ve probably heard that somewhere – TV advertising, someone’s comment. But what does it mean? And, why should you care?

    On a simplistic level, it suggests you can’t determine market value of a home in one neighborhood simply by comparing it to similarly sized and featured homes in any other neighborhood, in any other community. One size – read price — does not fit all.

  • Dear Editor,

    New Mexico is one of only eight states that charges a gross receipts tax, which would include services. All other states charge a sales tax on product only, with services being taxed as income; in the case of a sole proprietor, this is considered personal income.

    I lived, worked and did business in California for 22 years, during which time performance and teaching income was taxed as personal income, and any CD albums or books that I sold was subject to sales tax.

  • Dear Editor,

  • SANTA FE — Although barely noticed by the media, renewable energy supporters feel very good about the legislative session just completed. One solar energy spokesman even announced, “We’re pleased about everything that happened.”

    He had a point. The solar industry received favored treatment by lawmakers and the administration of Gov. Bill Richardson. Backers of some other renewable energy sources weren’t happy that solar power received so much of the attention and they received so little.

  • Creating excitement — or “buzz” in marketing lingo — about products or services is a matter of survival in a competitive market — especially when most consumers are spending only on essentials until the economy shows signs of recovery and stability.

    Buzz describes the positive word-of-mouth marketing or hype among consumers that often precedes the release of a much-anticipated product. Real-time, portable communications technology facilitates the building of buzz by allowing rapid exchanges of information among large numbers of people.

  • Dear Editor,

    You can find data on the latest property tax rates at www.tax.state.nm.us/pubs/TaxreseStat/losalamos07.pdf for Los Alamos and Santa Fe. You will note that municipal rates in Santa Fe are 1.026 mills (residential) and 1.945 (non-residential). In Los Alamos the municipal rates are 3.315 mills (residential) and 4.246 (non-residential). In other words Los Alamos municipal property tax rates are nearly triple the same rates in Santa Fe!