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Opinion

  • 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.”

  • Dear Editor,

    The problems of the financial system have started to affect the “real” economy. But the medicine for Wall Street may become the poison of Main Street.

    As an example, there is serious talk of giving $10 billion to General Motors to fix their financial situation. They are short of cash and losing more every day. If granted, they propose to merge with Chrysler, and the combined operation by making economies will become profitable. That’s good for the companies, but is it good for the country?

  • It is time to take a moment and look at the recent county council election and ask if there is a statement in the vote. We think there is.

    First, however, we would like to take a moment to give our congratulations to both the voters and the candidates.

    We had such a great voter turnout and that is always a good thing to see in a democracy. Secondly, those voters had a choice of some very good people and that fact should not be overlooked.

  • While Gov. Bill Richardson is not saying anything, Barack Obama’s victory suits him just fine. See, it seems very clear that he is in line to be part of that administration – the only question is when?

    Our Democratic governor refused to discuss the subject, saying: “I’m happy as governor of New Mexico, I’m planning my legislative agenda and I don’t want to comment any further.”

    But this is only skin deep, as they say. He cannot seek re-election to his favorite job and he is far too ambitious to just fade away in two years.

  • I am very excited about joining the medical center and the wonderful community of Los Alamos. I would like to introduce myself and give a brief overview of how modern urology uses many new techniques and technology to provide better, safer and less painful treatment for a variety of diseases.

    And I am pleased be able to offer all of them right here at Los Alamos Medical Center.

    Urology goes a long way back in time. Descriptions of operations for bladder stones were found in ancient Egyptian, Greek and Hindu writings.

  • With the rejection by the general membership of the Elks Club of a proposal to purchase their land along Trinity Drive, it looks like the county’s plans to build the Municipal Building there seems to be dead.

    So now what?

    If the Elks hold to their position – and it is their land remember – then it seems that the county will be forced back to the drawing board. But just what does that mean?

    When asked, County Administrator Max Baker said that the county would have to meet with the developer to see where they will go from here.

  • We do not - on the face of it - have any problem with a statue of J. Robert Oppenheimer and Gen. Leslie Groves here in Los Alamos. In fact, it would be a fitting tribute to two of the men who made Los Alamos.

    But we do wonder where the county keeps getting all this money.

    We have money to buy a $25,000 gift for Santa Fe’s 400th anniversary. We have money to put a mountain lion on the round-about. Now we have some $60,000 to buy a statue of Oppenheimer. Groves would - we guess - will be about the same.

  • The county council will meet in closed session Tuesday night to discuss plans for purchasing the Los Alamos Apartments.

    We wish there was some other way to proceed here than once again government taking charge of local land.

    We understand the concern that is felt by councilors about losing control. But at what point do we simply have everything run and owned by the county? We hope this is just a step in the process to turn this land over to private enterprise.

  • The council was faced with a tough decision this week. What to do about the so-called large intestine at the intersection of Jemez and Diamond roads.

    The lawsuit that the county filed had a very unsatisfactory outcome – with the county winning an empty victory.

    Money that was promised by the state never came and the county got the much more expensive end of the road work.

    And the intersection at Diamond has to be completely rebuilt to be of any use to any one.

    And all of this came to a head before the council this week.

  • End to uncertainly is certainly needed.

    We would hope that those who are supposed to be in the know – you know, our leaders – would understand the critical importance of Los Alamos National Laboratory to this nation’s security and future and stop playing political football with it.

    But such rational thought seems far beyond those in national government. At that is tragic.

    So this fantastic institution continues to limp along and we all here – not just in Los Alamos but also in northern New Mexico – suffer.

  • Part of the discussion that is not going on in this nation is the fact that people with retirement plans, with 401k accounts, have lost more than $2 trillion in a few days.

    But that’s OK, Congress has saved corporate executives so they can go on $400,000 weekend retreats.

    All that they are asking us to do is pay the bill for them - and lose our retirements. Good deal.

  • County council

    This is an important election year in Los Alamos. There are many important projects ahead of us and who we elect to the county council will help shape the future of our county for many years to come.

    There are five candidates seeking three seats on the council in open voting: Manual Baca, Vincent Chiravalle, Ken Milder, Sharon Stover and Mike Wismer are all seeking the seats now held by Jim Hall (who chose not to run), Fran Berting (term limited) and the incumbent Milder, seeking a second term.

  • Congress

    This year the Congressional elections are very important as we are electing a new Senator and three new Congressmen – including one from our own Third District.

    In the Third District, two newcomers and one long-time politician are seeking the post.

    Ben Ray Lujan is the Democratic candidate, Dan East won the Republican nod and Carol Miller is running as an independent.

    The Monitor is recommending voters go with Carol Miller.

  • Utility rates keep going up

    It’s not like we didn’t tell you so, but we did tell you so.

    In response to increased costs, PNM is asking for new rates — and this is after they just received a rate hike.

    And it is not just PNM. Los Alamos recently approved a rate hike — in both electric and water rates.

    Meanwhile, New Mexico’s largest utility company announced it has proposed new electric rates to help the state prepare for future demand and the need for cleaner energy sources.

  • Too many people break the speed limit on the highways. The obvious solution? Raise the speed limits!

    Obesity is a growing problem (no pun intended) in our elementary and middle schools. The obvious solution? Lower the price of candy bars!

    The song, “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall,” used to be a joke. I mean, seriously, who would drink 99 bottles of beer? Even the best of beers lose their flavor after your 18th bottle.

    And yet, this has become the theme song for many college presidents.

  • Several things struck us this week. Let’s run them down.

    No prosecution

    The decision by the District Attorney’s Office to decline to prosecute a man charged with eight felony sex crimes involving a female child younger than 13 is just stunning.

    We have had complaints about our D.A. for some time and he surely has not been in the forefront of prosecuting crimes in Los Alamos.