Today's Opinions

  • Fried Light: Is the United States safe or sorry?

    A longtime friend who lives in Europe e-mailed me recently while on an international aid assignment in Santa Domingo to ask if I knew about the “precautionary principle.”“It is something that is deeply rooted now in European peoples’ minds,” he wrote. “It seems that it is not very popular in the U.S.A.”Yes, I did know and even casually followed related developments, I answered.But it is a concept with very little currency here, I thought at the time.

  • This ship has sailed

    The council debated the West Jemez bypass project at its meeting Tuesday. We have to wonder why they bothered.

  • Thinking Makes It So: Waking up under the fifth blanket

    It’s chilly in our bedroom, a problem with the heating circulation in the house. I wake up each morning unwilling to stick a limb out from beneath our four blankets or take that shivery run toward the toilet.Warmer days seem to lift me out of bed but on these dark winter ones, I stay huddled, click on the lamp and read.

  • Congratulations on a fantastic season

    Congratulations on a fantastic seasonDear Editor,

  • Richardson's stats misleading in defense of immigrant driver's licenses

    There is a political truism where one never lets the whole truth get in the way of a good story.

  • Valor does exist

    Valor does existDear Editor,While I was not really surprised at Mr. Ragsdale’s attack on my opinion that more than two defenders of freedom in the past five years should merit the Congressional Medal of Honor, I see no reason to engage in a battle of wits with him. It is not in my nature to fight an unarmed man.But what does confuse me is why the ditto-heads are so quick to attack differing opinions, even as brave men and women are dying to give us all the freedom to do exactly that.

  • Local resources abound for tech

    Local resources abound for techDear Editor,We appreciate the profile of Caldera Pharmaceuticals in the Nov. 15 edition of the Monitor. We have received significant support from community leaders who are committed to diversifying our economy. The strong leadership shown by Rep. Udall, Sen. Domenici and Sen. Bingaman was noted in the article.In addition, we would like to point out the many resources that are available locally for growing technology businesses; each of these has played a role in our success.

  • An easy answer to illegal immigration

    New Mexico and the rest of the nation are so conflicted by the illegal immigration debate. It’s so simple. What’s the big deal?Take the idea of jobs. You’ve got thousands of people in New Mexico and millions across the country doing jobs unemployed Americans can do. Why should we let non-citizens gobble up these employment opportunities when too many of our citizens are without work?On the other hand, Americans are picky about what they will do for a buck.Take the Albuquerque experiment.