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Today's Opinions

  • Agenda must focus on strengthening middle class

    As we enter the final month of the year, it is critical that Congress takes swift action on a number of important issues that will impact people across New Mexico.
    With extended federal unemployment benefits set to expire, a payroll tax cut about to lapse and devastating cuts to Medicare providers ready to kick in, Congress has no time to waste to address these serious issues and take action that will help middle-class families and seniors during this difficult economic time.

  • No lack of jobs in Hobbs or Artesia

    Gobs of jobs in Hobbs!
    An email like that gets your attention.
    Drive around Hobbs, said alert reader Jesse Monsey, and you’ll see banners and electronic signs saying, “Now Hiring” and even “$100 sign-on bonus.” The local police have offered a lavish signing bonus, and the city was forced to increase benefits to keep employees. Even the casino is offering tuition assistance and scheduling flexibility to students.  
    Jesse was responding to a recent column in which I quoted a business leader saying that if you could fog a mirror, you could find a job in Artesia.
    “The reality here is that we are desperate for workers,” he said.

  • Golf course impacts

    Our system of hiking trails is among the leading contributors to the quality of life in Los Alamos County.
    The trail system effort has been led by Craig Martin and many volunteers, including my son.
    I use the Walnut Canyon Rim Trail for running and frequently hike there with my family. Our trail system linking neighborhoods is a rare treasure. My previous home of Concord, Mass., with its legacy of Henry David Thoreau and environmentalism, did not offer the beauty of our trail system.  

  • Improve golf course but spare trails

    I attended the public meeting about the proposed improvements to the Los Alamos Golf Course on Thursday and would like to put the following comments in the public record.
    Readers not familiar with the proposed changes to the golf course can find the details at:  http://www.losalamosnm.us/projects/capital/Pages/GolfCourseImprovement.aspx, http://www.losalamosnm.us/projects/cdd/Documents/CapitalImprovementsProj....
    Budget impacts (navigate to page 50 (117) for the chart) are at: http://www.losalamosnm.us/omb/2012AdoptedBudget/05DepartmentSummaries.pdf.

  • Fear mongering tactics

    When attorneys know that the facts are not on their side it is not uncommon for them to turn to obfuscation, fear mongering and outright personal attacks.
    Sadly, we saw all of these tactics used by George Chandler in his recent attacks on Sheriff Marco Lucero.
    We haven’t heard the “cowboy” slur since the cowardly admiral snuck out of town in May 2005.
    This favorite insult of pseudo-intellectual elitists was uncalled for and not descriptive of the current occupant of the sheriff’s office.
    So, whether it is “cowboys” or the anti-government boogiemen from Mr. Chandler’s prior offering in the Los Alamos Monitor, his attempts to deflect the argument from the facts are telling of the weakness of his position.

  • Calling on people in the community to fast

    Dear ministers of our Lord, I am a minister of the Lord God who has been called to contact you concerning a corporate fast that the Father God has led me to share with you.  
    I have recently completed an 80 day fast (mostly water) on Oct. 30, in which the Father shared with me that he wants His people in the Los Alamos area to Fast and Pray and seek Him for His will and for you and your congregations, as well as for what He wants to do in your life, their lives and in the Northern New Mexico area.
    He shared with me that the weekly Los Alamos City Wide Worship and Prayer Group should advertise in the Los Alamos Monitor a corporate 10 day fast for all ministers of Father God.

  • Some people are very, very ...

    I was driving up Jemez to work and I came to the merge lanes as we approached the light by the guard stations.  
    There was a long line of cars and most everyone was politely merging in alternate style, but the driver to my side just had to get in front of me.  
    The line was moving slowly and there wasn’t anywhere he could really go, but this individual was hell bent on being first.  
    There was no way he way about to follow suit with everyone else and merge in an alternate merge pattern.  
    He had to get ahead, just one more car length ahead.  He just had to!
    But I didn’t get upset.  I understood his reason.

  • Martinez honing her style

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez has been in office almost a year now and we’re still not sure who she is. That’s because she still is a work in progress.
    Gary Johnson came into office in 1995 with no gubernatorial or legislative experience and so did Garrey Carruthers in 1987.But Carruthers hired longtime Legislative Finance Committee Director Maralyn Budke as his chief of staff. Budke also had been Gov. David Cargo’s chief of staff. She knew New Mexico government from all sides.
    Gov. Gary Johnson hired David Harris as chief of staff. Like Budke, Harris had headed the Legislative Finance Committee for many years. He also knew state government inside and out. He knew how legislators think and the maneuvers they make.