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Opinion

  • If you are a keen newspaper observer you may have noticed something a bit different about today’s Monitor: it is a little smaller.It is very appropriate that during the time of the Earth Day celebration, we have made a move to help save a small part of the environment.The Monitor – as of today – is being printed on 24-inch paper, a reduction of one inch in the width from our previous paper.This slight reduction will have a no impact on news, photos or other content, and a very minimal impact on advertising, as the difference will be a

  • One of the greatest frauds in recent history is the story we have been sold on term limits.We are told they are good for us, will clean up politics and government. We are told it will be good for democracy.Nothing is further from the truth. And this ignores the fact that we have always had limits on how long someone can serve – it is called an election.All term limits do is take good people, who have gained experience, knowledge and an understanding of the process and force them out.For what reason?

  • As the county gets ready to discuss its budget with the council – and us – there are some things that need understanding.

  • One of the easiest things to do is be a Monday morning quarterback.

  • White Rock’s master planIt has taken a lot of work, but the plan the county has been promoting for White Rock is nearly ready for public view.And we join everyone in holding our collective breath.Not often is government the best source of private enterprise, so we are holding our judgment here.

  • The old battle between economics and the environment is melting away under the combined pressures of overpopulation, global warming, costly energy and resource depletion. For new generations of commercial and civic leaders, environmentalism is no longer a dirty word.

  • While we are glad to see that there is some talk of getting the reservoir in Los Alamos Canyon repaired and working again, we wish the county would do more.

  • Major political parties send out questionnaires to get a handle on how their members feel about certain issues.They are rigged, of course, the questions phrased in such a way as to invite only one response.Here’s an actual question from a list recently sent to Republican Party members:• Do you support the election of Republican candidates across the country and the rebuilding of our majorities over the next 10 years?Yes. No. Undecided.(Shoot no.

  • Los Alamos Medical Center joined with hospitals and other healthcare organizations throughout the country in marking National Patient Safety Awareness Week recently.

  • While some say the governor’s actions regarding the statewide capital financing package were not politically motivated, it is really hard not to see that in his veto.

  • While some say the governor’s actions regarding the statewide capital financing package were not politically motivated, it is really hard not to see that in his veto.

  • Yes, dear friend, Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday.

  • Some common sense welcomeThe news that Gov.

  • The news coming out of Atomic City Transit has been pretty good.Since the county took over the bus service in October, picking up and dropping off passengers throughout the county, ridership has shown a huge increase.The county service, initiated Oct. 1, reportedly had a stable ridership at about 7,000 passenger trips per month. But in January, passenger trips climbed to 11,910, with passenger trip totals for White Rock more than doubling.This is good news.

  • Reports from the end of the recent legislative session suggest that there was a drop in lobbyist spending. But was there?

    This report for the session this year is after the state enacted a limit on the value of gifts given to elected and appointed state officials, legislators and state employees during last year’s session.

  • There was a report in the AP that former Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil-Giron reportedly spent $6.4 million in federal money on a voter education ad campaign during the 2004 and 2006 election cycles.

  • Legislature battles Richardson As the legislative session ended Thursday, one could only wonder at the turn of events. What would have been unthinkable two years ago – and barely hinted at last year – occurred.The Legislature stood up to the governor. How the mighty has fallen.Once a political juggernaut, the governor could not even pull together a consensus within his own party to push through his legislative agenda.

  • We find it hard not to laugh at Santa Fe’s vote opposing plutonium pit production at Los Alamos.

    Even without the great animosity felt by this community for ours, this vote would be laughable.We would urge the city council to focus on Santa Fe and fix their poor roads, and do something about their rampant crime, poverty and other problems. Santa Fe should leave national security matters – of which they truly know nothing – to the people who do.And they should focus their energies on helping the residents of that city.

  • Well, our government once again did something we simply cannot understand.

    Saying they want to fight a possible recession, they passed an emergency plan that will “rush” rebates of $600 to $1,200 to most taxpayers, as well as $300 checks to disabled veterans, the elderly and other low-income people.

    Of course, these checks will not come until May or June and cost the government – er, us – some $168 billion. Money that will have to come from somewhere – like more taxes later.

  • As Democrats prepared to examine about 17,000 provisional ballots that would determine a winner in New Mexico’s presidential caucus, many were very critical of Democratic Party officials for how they managed the election.