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Opinion

  • The holiday season is upon us and this year, more than ever, people are wondering how to deck the halls with GREEN ideas.

    At PEEC we have brainstormed our favorite green gifts and come up with a list to share.

    1. Handmade gifts are always treasured.

    Make a book of an historic trip or recipes that your family loved when you were little. Aspen Copies can help you make a calendar with family photos for each month. UPEX can help you laminate favorite photos to attach to your purse or luggage.

  • Today is Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving that is the beginning of the traditional holiday shopping season.

    As we all run off to do our shopping, it would be wise to remember all the options that we have right here at home.

    While Black Friday is not an official holiday, many employers give folks the day off, which increases the number of shoppers. And while retailers decorate for the holiday season weeks beforehand, many of them open early to draw people to their stores.

  • For more than a year we have watched the economic crisis wink into existence, signal its approach and finally melt all over us in painfully slow motion.

    Because the technical definition of recession is six or more straight months of declining gross domestic product, the advance of the illness could be seen coming from a long way off and its likelihood has been left to grow wildly in the mind without definite confirmation or determined response.

    And then the statistical lag time dulls the impact a little more.

  • The council is scheduled Tuesday night to discuss the Municipal Building matter. We urge them to take no action.

    In fact, we think that this council should take action on only matters of extreme emergency to the county.

    We feel this would be in the public’s interest as it was clear by the results of the election that people want a change. And if this council continues to ignore this and proceeds with projects, it would be a grave disservice to the community.

  • At the Los Alamos Sustainable Energy Network’s November meeting, Steve Brugger, Housing Program manager with the Los Alamos County Community Development Department described a new and innovative initiative that the County is currently constructing to assist residents with home improvements including energy efficiency upgrades.

  • SANTA FE – Barack Obama’s victory produced many firsts, most of which have been discussed to death by national analysts.

    One first that hasn’t been discussed is the election of a president from our 50th state of Hawaii.

    President-elect Obama is more closely identified with Illinois now but he grew up in Hawaii and, appropriately enough, he used a 50-state strategy to win his election.

  • It was good to hear state Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez (D-Valencia) say that he supports education funding in spite of a daunting budget shortfall facing existing and future state budgets.

  • Dear Editor,

    Economic tumult – gas pump, real estate, recession, gnashing political teeth and all – has taken its toll on Los Alamos County homeowners, customers and local businesses alike.  

    Talk about being in the same boat! – this boat ride is no joke for any of us.

    Retail in Los Alamos of course has never been exactly a ride on a cupcake.

    And in just three months the voyage has caused many of us to start taking on serious water.

  • Dear Editor,

    Los Alamos is a small town in a small county on an isolated plateau in a sparsely populated region of a sparsely populated state that most folks have either never heard of or think is a foreign country.  

    Los Alamos is a highly specialized single-industry economy with a dominant employer which was responsible for the founding of a town in a location that otherwise would be a lousy place to put a town. Historically, the only towns with those parameters are mining boomtowns.

    And yet there are possibilites.

  • Dear Editor,

    Amidst all the build-up to the elections we had a glorious moment in Los Alamos. It took place on Oct. 29th right in the middle of our community with quite a few onlookers and quite a lot of participants. That moment happened when a ribbon was cut and a mass of our residents, ages 4 to 40, poured onto the sculptured curves and smooth surfaces of our new skateboard park. Instantaneously, there was a tsunami wave of joy washing over those on wheels AND those on the sidelines.

  • Dear Editor,

    Returning from a road trip on Monday evening, I was waiting cued up behind another car about to make a right on red from Central onto Diamond. At the last minute, the lead driver stopped short, and I saw two dark shadows zip past on Diamond heading north – bicyclists riding in the dark. The lead cyclist had no lights at all, and the second one had a tiny, nearly worthless and dim light.

    Frankly, I’ve been keeping a mental tally lately of nighttime cyclists and have seen about ten lightless cyclists for every one I’ve seen lit up.

  • Post election concentration in the media and at coffee klatches around the state has centered on New Mexico turning a deep shade of blue and our chances of pork barrel opportunities now that we have five congressional seniority rookies.

     Then, of course, there is the constant speculation about where Bill Richardson is going and why did he shave his beard. My theory on the latter is Barbara told him to shave it or else, if you get my drift.

  • In “Block, Lass Share a Forum,” published Oct. 22 in the Los Alamos Monitor, Public Regulation Commissioner elect Jerome Block Jr., a former title insurance executive, is quoted as saying  that he does not “have a personal opinion” about the need for title insurance  reform in New Mexico.

    Allow me to explain why Commissioner Block needs to back reform instead of  remaining neutral and allowing the out of state title insurance underwriters to continue to take daily advantage of New Mexico homebuyers.

  • Generally we don’t question voters, the will of the electorate is how the wind blows. But this year, we have to.

    The election of Jerome Block Jr. to the Public Regulation Commission is nothing short of disgusting. And we believe it is due in part to the fact that people can straight party vote in this state – something that should be as out-dated as voter tests.

  • Dear Editor,

    It seems that the share the wealth plans are already in operation a day after the election.

    I was out early Wednesday to pick up my political signs held up with steel posts. Lo and behold the signs were on the ground but the posts were gone. Someone decided to “share” my posts by stealing them. I check with my Republican leader and it wasn’t a Republican making an early retrieval. These steel fence posts are worth $2 to $3 each, so this is petty larceny sharing.

    Vernon N. Keer

    Los Alamos

  • Dear Editor,

  • It is an established fact that as a result of the green house gases (GHG) we are putting into the atmosphere we are warming the planet, and that unless we take steps now to reduce these emissions, the global consequences will be severe.

    To avoid the worst consequences of global warming we need to reduce our emissions nationally by about 80 percent by 2050.  

  • Dear Editor,

    In response to Ed Grothus’ declaration that Socialism and Communism promote the common good, brotherhood and comradeship.

    Please remind me again; the Berlin Wall was built to prevent people from escaping in which direction? It seems that those who wanted to escape did not fully experience brotherhood and comradeship. How could the almighty State have failed them? Also remind me again; under which governmental system were millions of Ukranians murdered or starved?

     

  • Dear Editor,

    You will rarely find me expressing my personal opinions in a letter to the editor – but today I feel I must.

    Improving quality of care, patient safety, customer service and registration wait times and ease of scheduling is my priority. For example, regular wait times improved by more than an average seven minutes, even with increased volumes, in the past year. I acknowledge that potential for more improvement remains. I am personally and professionally committed to continuing to improve in all areas again in 2009.

  • Dear Editor,

    I’m sure we’re all happy it’s over – the incessant commercials and phone calls.

    Here we can be thankful about no more complaints about stolen yard signs, or rude or vandalous behavior. No more partisan  letters in this column for awhile perhaps. No more self-congratulatory op-eds by our local political leaders.

    Nice to sit back now, or...

    A major tone of the national election spoken by our president-elect is “It’s about us.”