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It's just a little thing

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By The Staff

Dear Editor,Every once in a while a little thing happens that causes you to reflect on the priorities in the average American’s life.   I sometimes  wonder if we don’t have things just a little mixed up.  Take the movie that is being shot in Los Alamos right now.  This is a good thing, right?  It heats up the local economy, gives us something to talk about at parties and brings a little excitement to town.  Yes, it is good thing.  Sure, there are detours now and then, but the movie folks seem to have figured out how to minimize the impact on the locals and still get their job done.  It was no big thing then, when the video story tellers asked the county for help shooting a scene at the airport.  Seems that they wanted a few planes moved so that they could get the right backdrop for their scene.  The county asked folks to move their planes for a few days, and most everyone was happy to oblige. Heck, a lot of Los Alamos airport denizens will probably go to the movie just to see their airport on the big screen. So what is the little thing? Well, it seems that there is some important military research going on at the airport. It’s likely that this research will help to protect the lives of American soldiers at risk overseas.  Well, guess what else had to move to make room for the movie? You guessed it:  the equipment supporting this research. It was not a big thing for them to move. Probably only took a half a day or so. I doubt that anyone was upset about it. I’d bet that everyone – the production folks, the county and even the researchers – figured it was just a little thing that could be easily done and would have no significant impact on anyone.  Unless of course that extra half-day happens to be the difference between living or dying for an American soldier overseas. That half-a-day might make all the difference in the world  to the family and friends of that soldier. It is easy to become detached from the sacrifices that a few Americans are making for the rest of us. I just hope that the background in a  movie scene lasting a few moments isn’t really more important than protecting American lives at risk.  It’s just a little thing with me.  Will FoxLos Alamos