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  • Could we have a word?

    Why is it that so many people want English to be our “national language” but they can’t speak or write it properly themselves?
    You can have your cake and eat it too, right? But if you have a cake, what’s the big deal about eating it?
    What people should say is, “You can eat your cake and have it, too.”
    And what’s with too? To? Two? There are two too many to’s in our language. And of course, there’s the tutu.
    English is really messed up. That’s what I like about math. Well, yeah, that’s messed up too (or two?), but at least I know what’s being said when someone speaks math.
    English is a different animal altogether (or maybe more like a vegetable). After a quiz, asked a student how she thought she did. She said, “I did good.”
    “So, you did some charity work while I wasn’t watching?”
    I explained, “Helping out others is doing good. On a quiz, you do well, not good.” She nodded (a monosynaptic defensive reflex used by students to get teachers to leave them alone) and said, “OK, I did well,” to which I replied, “Well, it’s good that you did well.”
    Back in high school, I didn’t appreciate the subtle humor woven throughout the DNA strands of English grammar.

  • New Mexico was on hand in Tokyo

    SANTA FE – As part of our centennial coverage, the following is the Japanese surrender ceremony ending WWII:

    On Sept. 2, 1945, Japan made formal the surrender it had declared on Aug. 15. The ceremony occurred aboard the USS Missouri, in Tokyo Bay.
    The Japanese delegation, unable to find any vessel seaworthy enough to take them into the bay, boarded an American destroyer to take them on the 16-mile
    journey.
    An impressive 258 Allied warships filled the bay, making it one of the most formidable displays of naval power ever assembled in one anchorage.
    Many more vessels could have joined them for the ceremony, but it was an invitation-only event for warships that had distinguished themselves in Pacific battles.
    The Battleship New Mexico was there, honored for her service in the Gilberts, Marshalls, Solomons, Marianas, Philippines and Okinawa. In her last two battles, she suffered three kamikaze hits, killing a total of 83, including the commanding officer, and injuring 206.
    Also present was Gen. Jonathon Wainwright, the beloved commanding officer who remained in the Philippines after MacArthur left.
    Wainwright, who had endured all the prison camp atrocities experienced by his troops and looking like a skeleton, was quickly rescued from a prison camp in China and brought to the ceremony.

  • LA wins big in Cernicek opening round

    The Los Alamos Hilltopper boys soccer team scored three goals in quick succession to open the second half en route to a big win over Belen.

    Los Alamos got six scores from six different players as it downed the Belen Eagles 6-1 at Sullivan Field this morning.

    Los Alamos will now advance to the semifinal round of the Louie Cernicek Invitational. It will play at 8 a.m. Saturday morning. The winner of the early contest will play in the tournament championship game at 6 p.m. Saturday.

  • Toppers looking for some payback tonight

    To say the Los Alamos Hilltopper football team is feeling better about itself in 2012 as opposed to 2011 is an understatement.

    Heading into their opener at Pojoaque last year, the Hilltoppers were wracked with injuries and had inexperience by the bagful.

    But when the Hilltoppers open up their season tonight at Sullivan Field, those problems will be non-existent.

    Los Alamos takes on Pojoaque in its season opener. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

    The Hilltoppers were knocked around by the Elks 59-22 in the 2011 opener, a game that was disastrous on all fronts. It would take the Hilltoppers a month to recover from that loss and the pasting they would take the following week against Aztec.

    "We weren't completely ready for competition," said Hilltopper junior Peter Brewer. "Everybody was nervous and we were making a lot of simple mistakes."

    But the 2012 preseason has gone swimmingly and even though Brewer, an offensive and defensive lineman for Los Alamos, said he has some butterflies going in, he's expecting the team to pick up where it left off at the tail-end of last year.

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  • Fuehne is tops at Pace Race

    Duncan Fuehne was the top predictor at this week’s Atomic City Roadrunners’ Pace Race.

    The Pace Race, the Roadrunners’ annual Lollipop race, was Tuesday starting at the San Ildefonso Playlot. In all, 37 participants took part and all finishers earned lollipops following the event.

    Fuehne had a prediction error of just 1 second to pick up the win. He was running on the 3-mile course. David Kratzer had the next-best prediction with a 9-second error, while Katie Gattiker was 14 seconds off.

    On the 1-mile course, Nathan Burnside was the fastest overall finisher (7:14). Paulina and Melina Burnside both crossed the finish line in 8:48.

    On the 3-mile course, Ted Romero had the best time (20:16), followed by Lynn Bjorklund (22:40).

    The next Pace Race will start at Estante Way in Pajarito Acres. It is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday.

    For more information on the Pace Race, call 672-1639 or visit atomicrunners.com on the Internet.

  • Aggies win big in season opener

    LAS CRUCES — The New Mexico State University football team opened its season with a big 49-19 victory over Sacramento State at Aggie Memorial Stadium.

    Sophomore quarterback Andrew Manley and sophomore wide receiver Austin Franklin led the Aggie offense with career-high performances. Manley finished with a career-high 367 passing yards and three touchdowns on a 14-of-22 showing through the air.  Franklin recorded a career-high 236 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns.

    Defensively, junior linebacker Trashaun Nixon led the team with 15 tackles, his first career double-digit tackle performance.  Junior linebacker Bryan Bonilla and senior safety Davis Cazares also finished with double-digit tackles.  Bonilla finished with 11 tackles, his second career double-digit tackle performance, while Davis finished with 10, his first career double-figures performance.

    Following a missed field goal attempt on Sacramento State's first drive, the Aggies took advantage, capping a five play, 79-yard drive with a 52-yard Manley pass to Franklin for a touchdown. 

    Manley again found Franklin for a 50-yard pass that put the ball on the Hornets' 19-yard line early in the second quarter.

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