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Today's Opinions

  • Entrepreneurial orbit: Businesses at heart of resource expo

    BY HOLLY BRADSHAW-EAKES

    Finance New Mexico

    Once a business gets its foot inside the door with an economic development organization like the New Mexico Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), its opportunities for growth expand dramatically. Jack Kloepfer discovered this while navigating his Aztec, New Mexico, business beyond the line of outdoor recreation products he built from thermoplastic-coated fabrics and into products for energy and aerospace industries. The company’s relationship with New Mexico MEP has led to others, including the New Mexico Small Business Assistance Program (NMSBA), the Small Business Development Center at San Juan College in Farmington and the New Mexico Economic Development Department, where Jack’s Plastic Welding CEO Errol Baade hopes to find capital to expand production space.

  • Letters to the Editor 4-8-18

    Foundation thankful for parents who contributed to recent telethon

    Dear Editor,
    On behalf of the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation and students from the Key Club and National Honor Society, we would like to thank all the parents of LAPS students who contributed to our recent student telethon.
    Our fellow students volunteered their time to call parents to ask for their support for projects and programs supported by the LAPS Foundation. These initiatives benefit all public schools in Los Alamos. Doing this telethon is a great opportunity for us students to give back to our schools.
    Our goal for the telethon was $2,000. So far we have raised $650. Unfortunately we were not able to call all parents of LAPS students. If there are any parents or others out there who were not contacted but would like to give to the telethon, we would appreciate your support! Gifts can be made online at lapsfoundation.com/donate or by mailing a check to the LAPS Foundation at 1900 Diamond Drive, Suite 1, Los Alamos, NM 87544. Please be sure to indicate that a gift is for the telethon.

  • Letters to the Editor 3-23-17

    Chandler is superbly
    qualified for state
    representative

    Dear Editor,
    I urge all Democrats in District 43 to vote for Christine Chandler in the June 5 primary. She is superbly qualified through temperament, knowledge and experience.
    I have known Chris almost from her first day at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in late 1986. At that time, I was a lab associate director responsible for the nuclear weapons program. Chris and I worked together on numerous issues and problems facing the lab. She was always professional in the face of serious challenges. I remember one case early in her career when she was selected by the legal office to brief a University of California Regents subcommittee on some legal issue. I have forgotten the specifics, but Chris was selected either to win their approval for the lab’s actions or to be eaten alive. I attended the briefing. It started out with the visitors being very hostile and ended up with them eating out of her hand.  I was very impressed.
    As an attorney, she has extensive experience across the laboratory. She understands the lab contract process and how Los Alamos interacts with local, state, and federal governments.  She is unique with this experience that will be a great asset to District 43 and all of our neighbors in northern New Mexico.

  • Letters to the Editor 3-14-18

    A case of legislative error on gun rights

    Dear Editor,

    Legislators have been known to do ridiculous things, and a majority of Florida’s legislators have done so along with their governor. They have assumed that acts of violence using a firearm are age related or cynically a trick to weaken the Second Amendment is in their sights.

    They have forbidden sales of firearms to persons ages 18 to 20 purely on the basis of age.

    This denies them their rights under the Second Amendment, placing them with a class of persons forbidden the right to bear arms for cause. The forbidden class is that which consists of the insane, idiots, statutorily immature, ajudicatedly forbidden or criminal.

    How now will this class of 18 to 20-year-old citizens feel about enlisting in the armed forces with their constitutional rights removed legislatively, a process denying right, that a person other than this newly created class, has with the individual right secured for others. These 18 to 20 year olds can die for their country but cannot be a fully covered by citizen rights under the constitution. Seventeen-year-olds can also serve their country and a case can be made for them regarding firearms.

  • Letters to the Editor 3-7-17

    More laws won’t control the nut cases in today’s world

    Dear Editor,
    I would like to respond to Mr. Robert Visel’s editorial letter in the  February 28th Monitor. Well said, ir! Your comments were concise, accurate and you hit the nail on the head. It is pathetic how our children are being raised today by parents who want to be their friends, not assuming any responsibility in their parental role. Heaven forbid they harm their child’s self esteem by telling him or her “NO” once in a while. Let them grow up with a sense of entitlement. Makes it pretty clear why so many of these nut cases feel entitled to go on to a campus and shoot it up.
    And yes, we have a plethora of gun laws through out the country but what we don’t have is a judicial system that is capable of enforcing them. Look at Chicago, New York, and even Washington, D.C. They have some of the toughest gun laws in the country and also the highest crime rates in the country.
    You can pass all the laws you want regarding gun control but you can’t control those nut cases that seem to be more and more common in today’s world.

  • Letter to the Editor 2-18-18

    Community invited to ninth-annual Crab Fest

    Dear Editor,
    The Rotary Club of Los Alamos is pleased to invite the community to its ninth annual Crab Fest, to be held Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Knights of Columbus Hall at the intersection of Trinity Drive and DP Road. 

    Social time with a cash bar begins at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7 p.m.

    Tony Chan will provide guitar music. Tickets for the all-you-can-eat crab and prawn family-style dinner with sides and dessert are $50 each and can be purchased at Bennett’s Fine Jewelry or by calling Skip (662-8832) or Linda (662-7950). 

    Proceeds this year will support the construction of a treehouse at the PEEC Nature Center and trail improvements at Camp May. The funds will also benefit local scholarships for Los Alamos High School and Los Alamos Middle School students, and international projects in Mexico, Guatemala, Nepal and Nicaragua.

  • Return on LEDA investment enriches NM economy

    By Finance New Mexico

    For evidence of the Local Economic Development Act (LEDA)’s power to stimulate the state’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, New Mexico residents need look no further than the massive industrial building at 2600 Camino Entrada in Santa Fe.
    The former home of CleanAIR Systems and Caterpillar Inc. is now the world headquarters for Meow Wolf Inc., a leader in the vibrant “experience economy” that expects to employ as many as 360 highly skilled workers over the next five years. Its genesis was a City of Santa Fe-backed LEDA loan and grant package that enabled the original owners to capitalize on their company’s rapid growth.

    Infrastructure improvements like this building are what the proponents of LEDA envisioned 25 years ago when the law was passed: Allowing local governments to invest taxpayer dollars in promising private-sector businesses can bring jobs, skills training and permanent physical assets to New Mexico communities.

  • School buses don’t have to be toxic

    School buses can be hazardous to your children’s health.

    Most school buses, including New Mexico’s, are powered with diesel. The diesel fumes contain enough toxic substances to cause an identifiable health hazard to children (and others, especially the drivers) who are regularly exposed to the fumes.

    Documentation is ample. Diesel exhaust has more than 40 toxic air contaminants, including nitrogen oxides and known or suspected cancer-causing substances, such as benzene, arsenic and formaldehyde.

    Diesel soot from school buses has also been associated with reduced lung function and increased incidences of pneumonia in children, according to a 2015 study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. And New Mexico has a respiratory disease problem.

    “Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in New Mexico, with an estimated 150,000 adults and 47,000 children currently having the disease,” said a report from the state Health Department. It notes that asthma contributes to reduced quality of life and health care costs.