• The insurance or the hospital?

    Dear Editor,

    One does not usually pay much attention to the absurdity of the health system until the insurance stops covering the bills. Some time ago, the company I work for switched to a less-inclusive health insurance plan because the increasing costs of the original coverage. As a result, a 50-minute visit to the LAMC emergency room with a sprained ankle last month cost us more than $900.

  • Make life easier for commuters

    Dear Editor,

    The picture on page 2 in the July 2 paper shows the problem with traffic around the Diamond construction. A while back, there was discussion and a council vote on how the signal at Diamond and Arkansas should be run. The winning vote, that each direction on Diamond should have a dedicated left turn and that only one direction should go at a time, was to give people easier access to the businesses on Arkansas. The side effect of this, of course, is that traffic on Diamond is slowed down horribly.

  • Time for locked mailboxes

    Dear Editor,

    The following letter has been sent to the Los Alamos Post Master:

    The time has come to have locked mail boxes for home deliveries. Considering gas prices, it seems that groups of mailboxes would be not only more time-efficient but also more cost-efficient for the mail service.

  • Column: Fuel is used many ways in food supply

    A global issue in its infancy is the fuel demand of the food supply. The issue sprang on the public scene with the fuel demand of growing corn to make fuel.

    I have no answers but I bring useful questions. Most issues have too many answers known and too few questions asked.

    The corn-ethanol question is simply figuring the input and output. How much fuel energy is in the ethanol made versus how much is needed to make it from corn?

  • The politics of lawn signs

    Dear Editor,

    To the stealthy and courageous person who mangled the political sign in my front yard:

    You win! You clearly have a superior intellect as evidenced by your fearless nocturnal mission. Your derring-do has shown me the error of my ways. All those months of reading, research and study I put into choosing my political candidate are out the window.

    You obviously have rapier-sharp wit and keen political insight. Thank heavens you came along and set me on the path of (self) righteousness. I now see there is only one way to view things: yours.

  • Trouble right here in Atomic City

    Dear Editor,

    Run for your lives! A skate park at the library site? Oh, the hand ringing! Oh the tumult! It might destroy our very way of life and end civilization as we know it.

    What would the boys from the Ranch School that founded Los Alamos say? Would they be horrified? Sure, they played ice hockey at the Pond every winter, but a skate park at the library site? They must be rolling in their graves! Adventure, excitement, exercise near a historical area? NEVER! They prefer peace and quiet nowadays, thank you. Eventually, we all will.

  • Enough of King George W.

    Dear Editor,

    In 1215, the English barons revolted against King John, who had abused his power. He invaded France – which resulted in military disaster – and bled his subjects to pay for it. England was put under interdiction by Pope Innocent III for John’s defiance of the Church.

  • Udall on the path to the future

    Dear Editor,

    I’d like to commend Rep. Tom Udall for his solo vote against the House Appropriations Committee’s reckless proposal to drastically cut funding to the lab. This was not just a cut in future budgets; it would have cut this year’s budget as well, an irresponsible approach to reducing the nuclear weapons complex. In contrast, Udall in his careful way continues to pursue a thoughtful and realistic approach to “providing a path to the future for our national laboratories.”

  • Habeus Corpus brouhaha

    Dear Editor,

    As I understand it, the recent Supreme Court decision reaffirmed the right of habeus corpus to all accused persons within the legal jurisdiction of the United States. I am not a lawyer but understand that habeus corpus translates to “do you have a body?” to prove that a crime was actually committed. This has been a fundamental principle of our western law system for centuries. An accused person cannot be held unless there is proof that a crime was committed.

  • Where's the competition?

    Dear Editor,

    So Los Alamos has two grocery stores. Smith’s and Smith’s. And now we’re getting two Holiday Inn Express facilities? Am I to believe that for the state’s most affluent community there are no competitors of these companies interested in locating here?

    TJ Taub

    Los Alamos