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Opinion

  • Dear Editor,

     My husband and I came to Los Alamos over 36 years ago.  One of the reasons we chose to come here was the outstanding reputation of the Los Alamos School system.  Since then we have raised three children, who all attended and graduated from Los Alamos Public Schools and I had the privilege of serving for twelve years on the School Board.   We are now empty nesters who continue to support the schools and advocate for children.

  • Dear Editor,

  • Dear Editor,

    I attended the Dec. 16 County Council meeting in support of Min Park’s petition to stop funding  construction of the Judicial/Police/Complex until concerns of location, size and cost were fully addressed.  At this meeting, council members spoke of concerns with these very issues, yet even those who voiced the strongest concerns voted to fund the project as designed. 

  • Dear Editor,

     With the upcoming school bond election we have an opportunity to invest in improving our educational infrastructure. This is a very sound investment, unlike those that have contributed to our national economic ills. 

  • Dear Editor,

     What? You want me to vote to raise taxes to support schools when I do not have a child in school? What about the failing economy, the stock market, the mortgage crisis? What is wrong with the schools we have? Children have been attending schools here for years and they are fine. Should seniors have to pay higher taxes to support our schools?   

  • It was with very mixed emotions that we watched the Bill Richardson saga unfold last weekend.

    There were some real positives to his leaving now and his decision to quit the process to join the Obama administration means he will stay here a bit longer.

    But what bothers us the most is his statement that while he is innocent, he is quitting anyway.

    That is not the way it should be.

    If you are innocent of something, that false accusation should not cause you to surrender. We remember the day when you were innocent until someone proved you were guilty.

  • Dear Editor,

    When you’ve dug out of the latest snowstorm, mark this Thursday at 7 p.m. on your calendar to start the new year right.

    Two important community institutions are having elections:  first the School Bond election, followed closely by the School Board and UNM-LA Advisory Board election.

    Thursday evening at the UNM-LA Lecture Hall (in Building 1 on the left at the top of the steps) is your chance to hear a discussion of the pros and cons of the bond issue and to meet the candidates.

  • Dear Editor,

    I think we should wait on the school bond for a bit.  Not like the high school or Aspen are going to cave in this year.

  • Dear Editor,

    I am writing in support of the upcoming school bond.  I taught in the Los Alamos Schools for 20 years and am now a Realtor.  As a Realtor I often meet new people in town who are interested in knowing about the quality of our schools and I am always proud to discuss how good they are. 

  • Imagine you’ve grown up in a city. Your haunts are public transportation and the shopping centers; you’ve never spent a night outside in your life.

    Now imagine you travel hundreds of miles, all by yourself, to explore the “wild:” you enroll in a wilderness canoe trip in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota. You join eight strangers and set of for a week paddling across the border lakes, bringing with you only what you can carry, sleeping in tents, going to the bathroom in the woods, cooking over a fire.

  • According to the Associated Press, state lawmakers looking to patch the huge hole in this year’s budget have a pot of money in front of them, but dipping into it may not be as easy as it sounds.

    Every year, hundreds of millions of dollars are approved by the Legislature and the governor for capital improvements around New Mexico.

    These run from vans and buses to baseball fields to highway interchanges to entire buildings on college campuses.

    And it can take years for the money to be spent.

  • We enter 2009 with a lot of questions. From the situation nationally with a new president to local issues of jobs and development, many folks are wondering just how well off we are.

    As we entered 2008 there were some serious matters facing us – some of which has been resolved. But some were not and many new ones surfaced.

    The situation at Los Alamos National Laboratory is far from settled. There are still talks of cutbacks, questions of funding – especially given the unsettled national situation and economic problems.

  • Dear Editor,

    The fundamental underpinnings of our democracy is the right to vote for the candidates of our choice.  When someone whom we have elected cannot continue in the elected position, it becomes the responsibility of an elected official or officials to appoint a replacement. 

    This procedure is normally defined in a document such as the federal or state constitution or a city or county charter.  

    In Los Alamos County the charter simply says the council should choose someone to fill the position.

  • Maybe there’s snow falling on Christmas Day. Maybe acid rain, or regular rain. Maybe nothing.

    Perhaps in your family, you decorate the tree the day after Thanksgiving, or you wait until Christmas Eve, or you drag a still-tinseled artificial tree down from the attic some day, in between a Broncos game.

    Or maybe you even call it something else. Or celebrate just a bit differently.

  •   Two petitions have been presented to council regarding the Judicial/Police/Jail Complex and two petitions have failed to have an impact on councilors’ decisions to push through with the project.

      On  Tuesday night, Council approved GMP #2 in the amount of $15,011,650, as well as the 100 percent drawings on the project.

  • The 2008 election is finally over. If you think it was done when the canvass was made official, well you are wrong.

    No, the election for president was not over until Brian Colon, Annadelle Sanchez, Tom Buckner, Christy French and Alvin Warren voted. And remember, you did not vote for Obama, you voted for these people.

    By now you know that these are the state’s electors, the people who really make New Mexico’s vote for Obama count. That is the way our system works.

  • Sen. Pete Domenici has closed his office in Washington, D.C., signaling the end of his 36-year career in the U.S. Senate.

    Domenici, R-N.M., announced his retirement after disclosing he had been diagnosed with a degenerative brain disease. He said last month a prominent doctor has questioned whether he suffers from the illness.

    Domenici said he met with Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., and Sen.-elect Tom Udall, the Democrat who won the race for Domenici’s open seat, and offered “to help them where I can to advance the best interests of our state.”

  • According to the latest numbers, New Mexico faces a $454 million budget shortfall. For just the third time in 20 years, revenue is expected to decline during the current budget year.

    Certainly, the ongoing financial crisis and subsequent rapid drop in oil and gas prices are at the heart of the issue, but the good times were destined to come to an end for New Mexico which had been living beyond its means for several years.

  • Dear Editor,

    We would like to take this opportunity to thank our loyal customers for their continued support of the businesses at Hilltop Shopping Center at Diamond Drive and Arkansas.  It meant a lot that our customers did take the time and effort to support our businesses, knowing the difficulties they faced with detours and traffic delays.