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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. 

  • 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. 

  • The New Mexico Legislature is broken

    By Vernon Kerr

    We, the sap citizens, have been scammed. Will Harrison, a columnist in the past (1970s), always referred to us as sap citizens and showed where we had been taken by the state government.

    I recall the many times he found out our shortcomings, but the one we are now experiencing is the slickest of them all. In the 2019 legislature, Senate Bill 489, the Energy Transition Act, was touted as a great victory for the environmentalists as a way to control “climate change”. A misnomer if there ever was one as it is applied as an environmental problem. Climate has been changing for millions and billions of years and has never been controlled by man. 

    Why do the Democrat progressives think they have the supernatural power of God and that “their” legislation can alter the nature of the climate. They worry that carbon dioxide injected into the atmosphere will accumulate and act as a blanket on the earth that will boost temperatures and fry us. 

  • Remembering all who sacrificed on D-Day

    By T. DOUGLAS REILLY
    Columnist

    Thursday, June 6, 2019, was the 75th anniversary of D-Day (D meaning “Decision”), the Allied assault on Normandy that began Operation Overlord. There have been many news stories on all media forms to report on the celebrations in Europe and the U.S. Very few of these mention the role of the Soviet Union (Russia) in this; the only one I heard that did was the BBC.

    Please don’t misunderstand me, I don’t mean to take anything away from the brave Americans, British and Canadians who fought and died on beaches like Omaha, Juno, and others. Over 10,000 allies died during the first day of the assault. The BBC quoted the line below from General of the Army (5-star) Dwight David Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of the European Theater of Operations.

    Eisenhower after D-Day

    General Eisenhower was the Supreme Commander of Allied forces during the campaign following D-Day...Here he broadcasts to the people of Western Europe in a statement prepared for D-Day. For many of those people of western Europe a difficult struggle still remained...

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  • Slower growth expected with economic policy

    The Wall Street Journal published this editorial June 4 on U.S. economic policies.

    As the election results became clear in 2016, financial markets rose amid a surge of economic optimism. That surge continued for two years as Donald Trump and Republicans pursued a pro-growth agenda of tax reform, deregulation and encouraging domestic energy production. But with Democrats now controlling the House and Mr. Trump already campaigning for re-election, Washington is again taking an anti-growth turn. Don’t be surprised if slower growth follows.

    That’s the disappointing big picture if you step back from the daily fray and look at the direction of U.S. economic policy. Mr. Trump’s first two years were focused relentlessly on ending the economic malaise of the Obama years. Nearly every policy was seen through a growth prism.

    But as he focuses on re-election, Mr. Trump is returning to the issues that marked the worst moments of his 2016 campaign. He is restrictionist on immigration, increasingly protectionist on trade, and more interventionist in regulating business. He favors price controls on drugs, a mandate for paid family leave, and his regulators are revving up what looks like it could become the largest federal antitrust campaign since the 1970s.

  • Summer concerts lose that community feeling

    The start of the summer concert and event season is just getting underway in Los Alamos and it promises to be another banner year.

    But I wanted to just make one observation that I have heard echoed a few times in the past week.

    The new vendor of the free Ashley Pond Park summer concert series, Sancre Productions and its Los Alamos Summer Concerts, can sure bring in the crowds with the big-name bands. The last group, “Big Head Todd and the Monsters” had the grass area at the Pond so full that it appears there was standing-room only with the estimated 5,500 people in attendance.

    This type of crowd would usually be applauded. And, I do support more tourism for the county.

    However, I feel that this type of temporary, two-hour crash and burn party-type crowd is not a winner for Los Alamos.

    These concerts have been a community event, meant to bring families and neighbors together to enjoy a fun evening out. We would bring out lawn chairs, take the kids to sing and dance in the open air and do cartwheels in the grass.

    Some parents are now reluctant to bring their kids to the concerts with these types of out-of-towners smoking and crowding up the lawn area.

    How much extra revenue is the county realizing from this enterprise?

  • Assets in Action: It’s summertime. Let’s get reading!

    Welcome to summer! It doesn’t matter what the date is on the calendar, school is out, so let’s get reading!

    One of the greatest memories as a child, was going to the library. We were poor, so there wasn’t summer camps, classes or an annual family trip. The library offered a bunch of mini adventures, that you got to take home. 

    I remember moving to Los Alamos and trying to pay a fine when my books were late. The librarian told me that there was no fine for being late. My mouth was agog! No penalty, isn’t that grand? I can also recall some robot, I believed the library staff called Harry, that would call you when you were late with books. I loved it, but I think he scared people, and they took him off the reminder call.

    Reading is so important for all people, from infants to senior citizens. It’s good for your brain, good for relaxation, well perhaps depending on what you are reading. It’s also way better than television, at least some of the time. It is also very important to help kids with retention during the summer, so they don’t miss a beat when school returns.