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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor 6-12-19

    Concerts should return to aprivate, local organization

    Dear Editor,

    As I drove by Ashley Pond on Friday night, May 31, my thoughts mirrored your comments when I saw the traffic and crowds and crowds of people, all standing at what used to be called  “Gordon’s Concert.”  

    I have seen lots of changes in Los Alamos since moving here in 1967 and when Russ Gordon started his concerts, first inside his store and then expanding into the parking lot, it was a wonderful gift to this community.  As you noted, people of all ages gathered, brought lawn chairs and watched the kids dance to the music.  It was a fun evening for all. That Friday night concert on May 31 had a totally different feel to it.

    I agree with you that the county should work with local and longtime business owners and return the event to a private, local organization. Another venue, perhaps Overlook Park as you suggest, would be more suitable for big, loud concerts. Thank you for sharing your views.

    Jackie MacFarlane
    Los Alamos

    Stalin not far behind Hitler

    Dear Editor,

    This is a response to Mr. T. Douglas Reilly’s recent editorial, when he reminded us of the USSR’s sacrifices during WWII.

  • Medical pot program expands with more changes to come

    When it comes to pain, there are two schools of thought: Suck it up or seek relief.

    The second school, seeking relief, is one driver in opioid addiction. Medical cannabis offers an avenue to both pain and opioid addiction.

    Last week, when the state Department of Health added opioid use disorder to the list of qualifying conditions to receive medical cannabis, it was less a sudden stroke of enlightenment and more a response to public outcry and building pressure that found its voice in a legislative task force.

    Expect more big changes.

    In 2018, the Legislature created a task force to look into issues of supply and demand in the medical cannabis program and make recommendations. The task force found that the state’s artificial limits on all aspects of the program denied relief to some patients, increased costs, and depressed supply. 

  • Energy Bill column conflates two issues

    Dear Editor,

    Sunday’s column on the New Mexico energy bill by Victoria Gonzales conflates two issues which are not in major conflict with each other. Yes, New Mexico is a major producer of carbon-based energy products. However, it is not a major consumer of those products. Therefore, if our state moves more of its energy consumption to renewable sources of energy, the primary effect is to free more of our products for export and to produce more income here. 

    This may not be what those concerned with climate change had in mind for the energy bill, but it certainly does not have the negative effect on citizens here that Gonzales claims. 

    Terry Goldman

    Los Alamos

  • Letters to the Editor 5-29-19

    Who advocates for resident poor, labor?

    Dear Editor,

    Columnist Tom Wright (Los Alamos Monitor, May 22) alludes to the elephant in the room, apparently — if you believe Wall Street-owned media — “more jobs available than applicants” or despite 82% immigration-driven population growth of a staggering 28 million to 30 million a decade for decades, still not enough workers. 

    Democrats and others who once cared about resident laborers ignore stagnating wages, loss of benefits and low or stagnating entry-level wages that indicate a basically flooded labor market — one that Wall Street and the 1% would love to see continue.

    Might it be that we are being suckered into the highest rate of immigration in our history not because there are de facto labor shortages, but because workers can’t or won’t work for the wages offered? And what of the low end of the labor market, simultaneously hit by technology, by outsourcing and globalization and the flood of literally millions of mostly unskilled, semi-literate immigrant workers?

  • Letters to the Editor 5-22-19

    Let’s protect our greatest minds with organic foods
     
    Dear Editor,

    Due to the unique structure of our town as a base for the greatest intellectual accomplishments of our nation we must ensure fast food establishments provide fresh and organic foods. In the days of Oppenheimer processed foods with toxic chemicals had not yet affected his and other scientists mental clarity. Our Local (Joyce Eyster) cooked for the Oppenheimer family and other scientists, and she relates; I made everything from “scratch.”  Do toxic food chemicals affect our health?

    Let us protect the greatest minds in the nation. We need restaurants that feed the brains of the locals and visiting students, and assurance of quality ingredients by restaurant owners, due to the need of the community to be at optimum brain power. Look at the beauty of our pond, let’s landscape food quality into the city structure. 

  • NM banking world shrinking

    Ya gotta have money to make money. So it is said. That’s not always true, but a quick review of my past entrepreneurial ventures confirms that it is far more difficult to start a company without money.

    Still, money must be around for the society to function. Retailers must do something with the non-electronic cash at the end of the day. People trade money for stuff. Banks, mostly, are not in the venture business.

    Without a bank in a community, these societal basics get more complicated. The retailer must drive 20 miles to deposit cash. That costs time and gas money.

    These financial basics aren’t wealth. In New Mexico when we think “wealth” the tendency is to think Los Alamos, the county with the state’s highest per capita income in 2017. Each person in Los Alamos County earned, on average, $68,053. Santa Fe was second at $55,553.

    For some reason, in writing about county incomes in New Mexico, I never thought to look at counties in nearby states until recently. Oops.

    Real wealth is found in Teton County, Wyoming, home to the Jackson Hole valley, traffic jams and two national parks.

  • Letters to the Editor 4-26-19

    It’s a fine line between billing and harassment

    Dear Editor,

    When does the work of a billing agency become harassment?  What obligation—particularly when Medicare recipients are involved—does a clinic that has subcontracted to a billing company have to ensure that company is correctly billing insurance or Medicare and is behaving properly? 

    Last February, I went to Trinity Urgent Care, a clinic I’ve found caring, involved and with great doctors. I gave them all my correct Medicare information.  Yet, shortly, I received a bill for the entire balance, and no evidence of any attempt by the billing subcontractor to bill my Medicare Advantage Plan.

    I called the billing company. They said they’d rectify the problem. Yet, the bills kept coming, increasingly shrill in demanding payment. I wrote repeated letters—copied and to Trinity Urgent Care—stating (the term “cold day in hell” was eventually used), I’d not pay something never billed to Medicare. Yet, soon, threats of collection. 

    In a visit to Trinity’s office about the problem, a gal at the front desk shrugged and said, “We don’t do the billing.” So, they have no responsibility for someone acting in their name?

  • Socialism and the new left: The deep state

    Even the casual observer realizes the accusations against Donald Trump which brought on the Mueller investigation had to originate from forces deep within the previous administration. We now know the Trump campaign was wiretapped as a counterintelligence operation and the Steele dossier was contrived and paid by the Clinton campaign and presented unverified by the FBI before a FISA Court. Former FBI, CIA and national intelligence directors have speculated publicly

    Trump could well be a Russian agent and media outlets played the message relentlessly, all to convince us it was true. All this does smack of a soft coup to overthrow the Trump administration.

    The Mueller Report is now complete and no conspiracy found, the Democrats and progressives of the new-left refuse to acknowledge President Trump is exonerated. They must keep up the message of corruption to keep their narrative going.

    The deep state has existed before and not by the penetration of foreign nationals, but by Americans. As an ideological 25-year-old, Whittaker Chambers joined the Communist Party of the USA.