We are one community

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By Ralph Damiani

The theme of Friday’s event commemorating the 60th anniversary of Los Alamos was one of community.

This is a theme we can agree with.

But to be honest, we are not sure why the 60th anniversary celebration is so important. Usually a big anniversary would be the 50th or the 75th and so on.

And there was a very big splash made in 1999 – the 50th anniversary. That makes more sense to us.

So why this day and year are being played up we are not sure.

And as a point of interest, many of the players today were involved in the 50th anniversary event.

Then, as now, Rep. Jeannette Wallace was a keynote speaker and Chris Chandler was a main speaker in 1999 as a county councilor and Friday as co-chair.

All that said, what is worth noting is the theme of one community.

Too often we seem divided between county and laboratory. And that is not helpful to anyone in any way.

And while we are one community, we are not. The laws and rules that govern the county and the schools are not the same that govern the lab.

We can make open records requests of the county, we can require that meetings be open and officials be accessible to the public.

None of that applies to the lab.

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