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Today's Opinions

  • Letter to the Editor 10-21-18

    Recent mailer is ‘last straw’ in legislative race

    Dear Editor,

    Good leaders define problems, formulate solutions and try to unify people behind them. How can that happen – even as our nation’s in crisis – considering the tone of this year’s election?

    I received a “straw that broke the camel’s back” mailing that really ticked me off.  It came from Patriot Majority of New Mexico, attacking Lisa Shin in ways reflecting, from my view, little integrity and condemning her because she “supports Trump on health care.” This ensured one thing. Despite my respect for Chris Chandler, I’ll vote for Shin.
    How telling that the “patriots” condemned her, rather than praise Chandler!

    I come from generations of Democrats, but today’s party – led by reality-challenged extremists like Nancy Pelosi – forgets what it stood for as recently as the early 2000s, when for example, Sen. Chuck Schumer sponsored a bill making it illegal for illegal border crossers to apply for work. Then, Democrats stood for tight border enforcement and low immigration. 

    Democrats cared about workers, the middle class and the environment – all harmed by the immigration tsunami (That Wall Street loves.) of recent decades.

  • Letters to the Editor 10-17-18

    I support Regional Transit GRT Reauthorization

    Dear Editor, The citizens of four counties, including Los Alamos, voted in 2008 to authorize a 1/8 percent Gross Receipts Tax (GRT) increment to support regional mass transit.

    Although no ending date was voted upon, these counties imposed a January 1, 2024 sunset date. On this November’s ballot, we are asked to reauthorize the tax by removing the sunset date.

    I strongly support a yes vote to continue the high value transit services that it provides. For people here who don’t have a car or the ability to drive, good transit service is a lifeline. All tax expenditures deserve scrutiny. This tax increment clearly provides good value to Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Rio Arriba and Taos counties.

    Our transit systems are able to use the GRT funds as local matching funds to obtain substantial additional federal transportation tax support. In this way, 25 percent of the regional NCRTD “Blue Bus” system budget comes from federal funds. Our own Atomic City Transit system and the Santa Fe Trails bus system also receive support from this GRT. Los Alamos is proud to be a founding partner of the NCRTD system, which has grown to provide hundreds of thousands of rides per year to people throughout north central New Mexico.

  • Letters to the Editor 8-24-18

    Shin: A transparent and honest voice in government

    Dear Editor,

    I am writing to express my support for Republican Lisa Shin in her candidacy for the New Mexico House of Representatives, District 43.

    Among other things, Lisa believes in limited government and lower taxes so that individuals and families have more freedom in their daily lives. She is genuine and honest; how often do we find that in a politician?  

    She prioritizes the needs and concerns of people over a personal agenda or a party platform. If elected, she is determined to focus on issues of critical importance to Los Alamos and the other communities in our district.

    She is a strong advocate for the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Thank goodness for that! Would we even have a town if we didn’t have that lab? She wants to support our lab by growing its scientific base and defending its national security missions.

  • Letters to the Editor 8-17-18

    County fair road closures inconsiderate

    Dear Editor,
    While I support the County Fair and its parade, I have to object to the inconsiderate and unacceptable closure last Saturday of Central west of the Larry R. Walkup Aquatic Center.
    This prevented access to Canyon from Diamond. Indeed, with Central closed all the way to the east past where it meets Trinity, access to any part of Canyon required traveling to its far east end.
    This was irritating and time  consuming enough for me coming from the western area. Anyone coming from the mesas must have been thoroughly disgusted.
    Parades used to end at the Mesa Library parking lot, allowing access to Canyon and even Rose. As it was, of the three roads normally available for passage through the central part of town, only one was really available. The council should make it clear to county staff and all event promoters that this is not acceptable.
    Terry Goldman
    Los Alamos

  • State’s biggest water grab tests laws, regulators, residents

    The case of Augustin Plains Ranch LLC versus just about everybody else hit another rock early this month, when the State Engineer turned down – for the third time – the ranch’s application for a breathtaking amount of water.

    Speculative, said the hearing officer. Which is something opponents have said from the beginning. Opponents are so numerous the hearing officer had to designate who would speak or they would probably still be there testifying.

    The latest application faced opposition by groups that normally don’t sit on the same side of the table: the Catron County Commission, agricultural organizations, tribes, residents and environmentalists.

    Augustin Plains Ranch (APR) proposed to appropriate 54,000 acre-feet a year of groundwater from 37 wells for “municipal purposes and commercial sales” to parts of Catron, Sierra, Socorro, Valencia, Bernalillo, Sandoval, and Santa Fe counties.

    But APR doesn’t say who exactly will be the customer or how water will be used – information it also left out of previous applications. Without a user or a contract, it’s impossible to evaluate the application. APR claimed that New Mexico law doesn’t require it to have a contract.

  • What does it mean to say that someone is poor?

    Last summer, an Albuquerque charity shared its institutional conclusion that poverty is the problem in New Mexico.

    The charity misses the point, as do those writing heart-rending tales about awful things happening to children in our state. Poverty itself isn’t the problem; the many causes of poverty are the problems.

    New Mexico Voices for Children, a leftish lobbying group, drives a good part of the dialogue. A Voices paper, a “Blueprint for a Prosperous State,” says “public investment creates jobs,” which I guess is true in that people get paid for delivering the “investment.” But the private sector is the unmentioned detail. It’s the private guys who have ideas, hire people to deliver the ideas, and, along the way, create wealth and money to pay the taxes that finance that public investment.

    James X. Sullivan and Bruce D. Meyer, researchers at the University of Notre Dame write in the August 7 Wall Street Journal, “Poverty has declined significantly over the past 50 years.” Their report was released by the Council of Economic Advisors.

  • Candidate Shin answers questions for primary

    By LISA SHIN

    Republican, Candidate for New Mexico House of Representatives, Dist. 43

  • Letters to the Editor 8-8-18

    Chronic pain sufferers
    victims of federal opioid crackdown

    Dear Editor,

    Columnist Sherry Robinson’s eloquent description (Aug. 1) of chronic-pain sufferers’ plight during the opioid crackdown reflects understanding otherwise lacking in the discussion, or more accurately, the kneejerk reaction to the opioid problem.

    Recent bureaucratic “solutions” cause yet more work and another ordeal – of many in a failed medical system – for those who are sick and weak.

    Chronic pain sufferers such as myself, as Robinson defines, will likely need pain management permanently, not as a matter of addiction but for pain that will always be there.

    The Feds have decided we must go directly to the prescribing practitioner’s office and hand-carry prescriptions to pharmacies, an office visit that would otherwise likely be unneeded, and one that might force many to hire someone to help with something that should be done electronically. Meanwhile, unhindered by doctor visits, the addicts happily get their drugs smuggled from Mexico.