Why the step backwards?

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By Ralph Damiani

There was a ceremony Tuesday afternoon to honor retired Sen. Pete Domenici.

The event was the dedication and naming of three buildings at the center of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The only problem was that no one was allowed to attend outside of the laboratory, which is too bad and something we don’t understand.

Domenici was on hand to receive the plaudits of laboratory leaders and staff, which is well and good. But the general public should have had some avenue to attend.

Yes, we know that the ceremony was in the auditorium of the National Security Science Building and you need clearance to go there. But the laboratory has made arrangements in the past, with escorts and such, to get people in.

Not this time and we think that is too bad.

This was a good thing. This was a positive event that LANL’s leaders should have been so happy to share.

But they fell back to old ways and hid behind their wall of secrecy.

It would have been nice to join in the honoring of Domenici and the “Pete V. Domenici National Security Science Complex.”

We again hope that the laboratory will reconsider such policies and continue to move in the direction of openness whenever possible.

Some good progress

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