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Today's Opinions

  • New Mexico losing its only true leader

    New Mexico needs a franchise quarterback. Someone who can think deep, throw long, shake off the sack, rally the troops, charge ahead.

    We're down by a field goal with 54 seconds on the clock. Who's going to take time out, devise a strategy, march us down the field?

    We're not talking football here. This isn't about the Lobos or Aggies. This is about the government shutting down Cannon, cutting back at Los Alamos, shaving jobs at WIPP, withholding homeland security law enforcement funds from Farmington.

  • Skateboard park good idea

    Dear Editor,

    I would like to express my support for the planned skateboard park in front of Mesa Public Library. Our Comprehensive Plan, adopted by our county council in 2005, includes 14 directives. Two of those are to enhance youth activities and to improve recreation. The development of a downtown skateboard park would address these directives and go a long way in showing that our community values our youth and recognizes their needs.

  • 'Dracula' a great show

    Dear Editor,

    You were right! "Dracula" was a wonderful production. A friend and I attended Saturday afternoon's performance and got seats in the third row. This was my first ballet ever - at least my first live performance.

    How lucky are we living in a town this size to experience talent like that. NMDT can count on my support in the future. Thanks to you all for a memorable afternoon.

    Steven G. Shaw

  • Dolin represents lab workers?

    Dear Editor,

    We can only hope that your anointment of Ron Dolin as "spokesman for LANL workers" is rapidly seen for the nonsense it is. The so-called "Save Our Science" rally was nothing more than political grandstanding, as was clearly evident as the politicos and special interests far out-numbered the handful of employees present in the whopping 30-40 people that reportedly attended the "event" - and speeches were nothing more than sound bites intended for easy media copy instead of any true substance.

  • More thought needed for skate park

    Dear Editor,

    More thought is certainly needed for the location(s) of a skateboard park. I do not think adjacent to the library, museum and police-municipal-judicial complex is the right location - or even the best location.

    Integrating with an existing recreation area, open park or park-like space makes better sense. If another skateboard facility is needed (not part of Urban Park), then a good candidate is the open area between Canyon Road and Central (currently grass), immediately east of the old school (rented to the lab).

  • Halloween safety tips, advice

    Like it or not, trick-or-treaters will be running around Wednesday evening. We need to make it as safe a time as possible.

    Halloween is a time of fun for children, but it can be a scary for parents and drivers. Children are often out after dark, crossing busy streets and perhaps going to unfamiliar homes.

    This year, with Halloween falling on a school day, drivers need to be particularly cautious.

  • Richardson's disinterest leaves bad taste behind

    What began as an upbeat reception ended in disappointment a week ago Monday in Santa Fe when presidential candidate Bill Richardson ignored two requests to address his position on Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    Given the financial uncertainties plaguing LANL and Sandia National Laboratories, we thought the former secretary of energy and our current governor would jump at the chance to clear up the conflicting messages he's recently expressed on the subject.

    We were wrong.

  • A bent spear demands clear answers

    The American public escaped unharmed from another transcendent feat of nuclear incompetence last month, when airmen at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota loaded a B-52 bomber with six cruise missiles armed with live nuclear weapons that flew the width of the country to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.

    For 36 hours, the weapons were not reported missing. During that time, they were dubiously secured and definitely unbeknownst to a clueless crew who thought they were carrying a dummy batch of nukes.