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Today's Opinions

  • Small business, branch offices, tumbleweeds

    Recent national news about New Mexico starts with the radiation leak at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant near Carlsbad. Then tumbleweeds bury a home in Clovis.
    The non-status of our economy generates doublespeak and dredging in the memory. A senior administration official observed recently that there is “no growth in the labor market.”
    In fact, jobs are disappearing.
    Memory dredging began with wondering what was the last truly massively transformative economic event. The best answer seems the appearance during and just after World War II of what became the national laboratories (Los Alamos and Sandia) and White Sands Missile Range. The labs remain here, whining about government dependence notwithstanding.
    Skiing positively affected many communities starting around 1950, but in a low-key manner.
    Another answer might be the uranium boom in the Grants Uranium Belt starting with Paddy Martinez’s discovery in 1950. That long since went away and Grants went back to sleep. Or the Intel plant, just in Albuquerque.
    Today a real transformation builds around energy in Lea and Eddy Counties. We have a beginning transformation in Santa Teresa in southern Doña Ana County.

  • Mora County’s drilling ban is scientifically sound

     

    In the May 4 editorial “Mora County’s drilling ban, moral high ground or moronic?” the author is rightfully concerned about Mora County property owner’s rights to be able to have a legitimate say in how they might use their land to derive income. 

    Additionally and unquestionably New Mexico and the United States/rest of the world’s energy suppliers and distributors require energy-resources and distribution capabilities to enable them to a) earn a reasonable and fair profit and b) supply their customers with enough energy to support their food production/manufacturing/transportation/social and personal needs too.

  • Letters to the Editor 05-11-14

     Spring arts and crafts fair a success

    The hard work of many dedicated volunteers resulted in a successful Northern New Mexico Spring Arts and Crafts Fair. It was a fantastic day with perfect weather, giving people the opportunity to visit with friends and mingle among the booths. In addition to the Los Alamos Arts Council, the fair benefited from the efforts of RSVP members who posted flyers around Los Alamos before the fair. 

    We also wish to thank LA County Parks Dept. for mowing and trimming the grounds around Fuller Lodge, as well as cleaning up trash during the fair. Many people commented about how nice the area looked for the fair. It truly was beautiful. 

  • A playful community

    Is Los Alamos a playful community? In my 28 years here, I’ve seen we are. Not just in the participation in outdoor and indoor recreation of all kinds by people of all ages, nor in the huge volunteer support of programs from PEEC to robotics competitions to youth and teen activities, but in the very science and engineering that is practiced at the lab.
    Most of those R&D 100 awards for significant scientific inventions that Lab researchers earn every year come from workers taking extra time to apply the methods and ideas used for the Lab’s national security work, to new applications: creative and productive play. That playful spirit is one of the things that I’ve found makes this town such an attractive place to live.
    The branding study that County Council just accepted was an attempt to identify how Los Alamos is perceived by ourselves and those around us: what do we think we are and would like to be; how well do we communicate that, and how can we communicate it better?

  • Boy Scouts to take food donations

    The Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Venture Scouts of Los Alamos County are geared up to help the Letter Carriers (NALC-4112) and LA Cares to collect, sort and store your donations of food and supplies during the Community Food Drive Saturday.
    Surprisingly, even in our well-off community there are tens of families, many with young children and elderly, who need help to combat the relentless scourge of hunger. So what can you do to help?
    Go to your pantry and fill a bag or box with non-perishable food stuffs and supplies. Leave by your front door and then on Saturday morning place it by your mailbox. Soon your letter carrier, Boy Scout, or adult leader will pick it up and take it to be sorted, stored and distributed by LA Cares.
    Is your cupboard as bare as Old Mother Hubbard’s? Then visit your local Smith’s Food and Drug Center in Los Alamos or White Rock and a Cub Scout will be waiting to accept your donations on Saturday only. If you will be out of town for the Food Drive, then you can leave donations year-round at the Aquatic Center and Los Alamos County Social Services at 1505 15th Street during regular business hours.

  • Roming friends, lend me your ears

    I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. And to the republic of Richard Stands.
    One nation, under god, with liver tea and justice for all.
    So, who exactly is this Richard Stands dude and is he the sicko who invented liver tea?
    Don’t you hate it when people mix words and bloodgeon the English languish like that?
    When all is set and done, I have the upmost respect for grammar and find it expotentially annoying when the misuse of words reels its ugly head.
    Welcome to the wacky world of acorns. That is, eggcorns. An eggcorn is “an idiosyncratic substitution of a word or phrase for a word or words that sound similar or identical in the speaker’s dialect.”
    Whoa is me! That definition is diarrhetic to stay the least! It’s a far gone conclusion that one has to take these things with a grain assault.
    OK, language is bad enough without having to listen to people use it. But eggcorns do not represent our inability to say what I’m trying to write, nor to write what I’m trying to say. In fact, eggcorns reflect how we think, and as such they sometimes reveal amazing creativity.
    Does Holland day sauce wet your appetite? Do you curve your hunger with cold slaw? Are you a social leopard or a coal hearted typo?

  • Thanks to PEEC for hosting geocaching event

    I want to thank Katie Watson and PEEC for allowing me to hold a geocaching event on their grounds April 26. April 26-27 was the 12th annual international Cache In Trash Out (CITO) weekend.
    Our event’s group picked up 8 bags of trash (and a tire!) from the Olive Street Trail. Globally, more than 750 events removed an estimated 75 tons of trash.
    An additional Thank You goes to the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce for Welcome Bags filled with information about Los Alamos and to Craig Martin for trail maps to hand out. The event brought people to town from Stanley, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Española.
    For a few, it was their first time in Los Alamos.
    The kids that came enjoyed PEEC’s exhibits. Everyone is looking forward to seeing the new Nature Center in the future.
    Thank you.

    Coleen Meyer
    Los Alamos
     

  • Council should admit it was exponentially wrong

    "Live Exponentially?"