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Opinion

  • My father was a cropduster, kind of a barnstorming migrant occupation, so we moved from town to town, according to the season and where the bugs were.

     

    Sometimes I went to two or three different schools during the year. My least favorite moment was when the teacher said something like, “Kids, we have a new student. His name is Roger Snodgrass.”

     

    I think there were few times when I didn’t hear at least a snigger and often many sniggers.

     

    It took awhile for me to accept my name.

     

  • Dear Editor,

     A “story” in your March 25, 2009, edition stated, “Rumors were running rampant this morning” about the fate of the Mountain Elementary School principal.

  • Dear Editor,

     Regarding the article in Wednesdays paper, “Mountain Principal’s Job in Question,” I was shocked and appalled that the Monitor would print such a premature and irresponsible piece.

    Why add to the issue of “rumors running rampant” when no real news was there to report.

    My daughter is a student at Mountain School and it is my experience that Mike Katko is nothing short of a kind, conscientious and caring principal.

  • A major step forward

    The signing of the Trinity Site Revitalization Project agreement by the school board Thursday is a positive step forward for our community.

    In its unanimous vote to affirm a partnership with the county, school board members took a step toward the future.

    While we believe that there are still many questions and issues here, this project is what the county has basically banked its future on and we need to move ahead.

    Doing nothing is worse than trying something.

  • There was a ceremony Tuesday afternoon to honor retired Sen. Pete Domenici.

    The event was the dedication and naming of three buildings at the center of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The only problem was that no one was allowed to attend outside of the laboratory, which is too bad and something we don’t understand.

    Domenici was on hand to receive the plaudits of laboratory leaders and staff, which is well and good. But the general public should have had some avenue to attend.

  • Dear Editor,

    In response to the March 19 letter to the editor titled “Trinity Drive: 2 lanes or 4?” I would like to clarify some misstatements. The letter intimated that county Sstaff was finishing up a plan to change Trinity Drive from a four-lane to a two-lane road. That is simply not the case.

  • Dear Editor,

    As a pharmacist in Los Alamos, I would like to respond to the letter from Sig Gerstl.  Yes, there may not have been a line at the drop off window at either pharmacy you visited, but here is a “look” behind the counter.

  • Since Daylight Saving Time and spring are upon us, it is timely to review some principles of bicycle operation with respect to our new and growing system of bike lanes.

    Currently, much of Central Avenue and Diamond Drive, as well as N. and S. San Ildefonso have bike lanes. More of these lanes are in the works, as the remaining two phases of Diamond Drive construction resulting in the entire length of this arterial having bike lanes. 

  • Dear Editor,

    If Victor Gavron (“Road is not broken,” Tuesday, March 12) attended the meeting he talks about, he must have been interested to observe that the vast majority of the roughly 80 attendees indicated by their votes that they think Trinity is indeed broken and needs fixing.

  • Dear Editor,

    Kudos to you for reprinting the Trever editorial cartoon in Wednesday’s Monitor!

    Trever cleverly exposed the hypocrisy of President Obama claiming to take politics out of science by lifting the ban on embryonic stem cell research and at the same time stopping funding for the Yucca Mountain nuclear power plant waste disposal site. The nuclear power option must be maintained to combat global warming!

    Morris B. Pongratz

    Los Alamos

  • Dear Editor,

    When street thugs, as well as robber-barons (in the state-sponsored bailed-out banking industry and in state-sponsored bailed-out moneyfacturing enterprises, and yes, I do mean “moneyfacturing”) usurp and hoard ill-gotten and obscene treasures– the obvious remedy is to devaluate their dollars (and ours) to zero.

  • I take a personal interest in pickup trucks that can shut down half their cylinders to get better gas mileage when conditions permit. And I’ve studied the mechanics of hybrid cars that save braking energy to help power your vehicle a bit later in your journey.

    Efficiency fascinates me.

    But the efficiency of engines, as important as it is, pales in global significance to the basic efficiency of one piece of the living world.

  • The time for involvement is now. The time to make your voice heard is now. Do not wait until the county begins tearing up the roadway – make your feelings known now.

    We are talking about Trinity Drive. There was a public forum on March 5 and there has been a lot of information flying about over the project.

    But it must be understood that the county is still in the talking stage, as far as we know no decision has been made.

    So this is the time to speak up, to be heard. Do not wait until later.

  • The first day of spring was Friday. But here in New Mexico, we got an early start by celebrating Arbor Day on March 13.

    While National Arbor Day is held on the last Friday in April, New Mexico, similar to several other states, observes the holiday at a time best suited for tree planting.

    The Arbor Day Foundation encourages everyone to plant a tree to celebrate this special holiday. The Foundation’s website (www.arborday.org) offers many helpful tips from how to plant a tree to selecting the right tree for the right place.

  • One thing that we find interesting is that when  it suits them, some people find gross receipts taxes to be a regressive thing.

    But then, when they want more money for the government to spend, they say, “Let’s increase the gross receipts tax.”

    Such was the case this week as the House approved a bill that would raise money to fund education.

    Earlier, they had passed an education reform bill that called for some $400 million in new expenditures. This measure was their answer to that.

  • Among the memorable books of 2008 is Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein’s “Nudge” in which the University of Chicago professors outline a new philosophical approach to governance. By creating the right incentives, government can “nudge” Americans to make the right decisions about their retirement, health and education.

     

    The book appeals to both fiscal conservatives who want to rein in uncontrolled government regulations and progressives who want the government to address unmet social needs.

     

  • SANTA FE – Are New Mexico homeowners getting the shaft on their title insurance? The 2009 Legislature is again being asked to consider the possibility.

    Last year, legislation to reform the industry got sidetracked and delayed. This year’s possibilities look better.

    New Mexico Public Regulation Commission Chairman Ben Ray Lujan was the leading advocate of the legislation last year. Now that Lujan is a member of Congress, his father, New Mexico House Speaker Ben Lujan, is championing the legislation.

  • Dear Editor,

    I’m keeping score of some of the “more important” issues our state legislature has deemed it necessary to take up during this economic downturn:

    • Assisted suicide – killing the sick and the elderly when they are most vulnerable and should be receiving humane treatment;

    • Domestic partnership – dissolving the very foundation upon which Western society is built;

    • Embryonic Stem Cell Research – destroying human life at the earliest possible stage in the interest of science,

  • Dear Editor,

  • Dear Editor,

    Wake up Los Alamos!

    The county staff under Kyle Zimmerman is planning to change Trinity Drive between Oppenheimer and DP Road. The two plans last on the table (March 5, 2009) are: leave this part of Trinity Drive as four lanes with modifications, or make Trinity Drive a two-lane road with four roundabouts.