Today's Opinions

  • Many may disagree, but feel powerless to speak

    I fear we are moving to another divisive, let’s have another referendum, the leadership of Los Alamos County doesn’t listen, moments.
    It’s the Trinity 502 redesign issue!
    It strikes me as clear the community is divided. It further strikes me that, unless the wishes of the community as a whole are followed, cynicism and division will continue to rule.
    For that to happen, we don’t need:

  • Short circuiting the process

    Little girls in flamenco costumes filled a ladies room in the state capitol one day last week, primping before they danced in the rotunda, a gentle appeal to preserve funding for arts and culture.
    These diminutive, ruffled lobbyists are one of many such waves coursing through the Roundhouse, all with a message. They’re the backdrop to a lot of political theater and explain, in part, the meltdown we saw last week in the house and its precedent-setting outcome.

  • New slice out of the apple

    I often eat without thinking, either while listening to the news or writing. It’s a poor habit for several reasons, one of which is my ever-growing waistline. 

  • Government labor problems: Not just Wisconsin’s anymore

    While we’ve been wrapped up in a 60-day legislative session that has included a variety of important policy issues, most notably on education reform, New Mexico policymakers, media and the public have watched in detachment the ongoing government labor standoff now happening in Wisconsin. 

  • Just a Wag 03-04-11

    Tribute to Louis Rosen   
    Honoring the past, highlighting the future - The Rosenfest Lectures will be held May 18-20 at historic Fuller Lodge.
    Rosenfest presents a series of lectures in honor of Louis Rosen, the Father of the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE), the signature science facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    From Manhattan Project to MaRIE: Rosenfest will cover Rosen’s early life, career, and influence at Los Alamos and on nuclear science and international relations.

  • Android Adorations Anonymous

    The alarm clock is screaming and once again you fall out of bed, the cold floor reminding you that your eyes may be closed but you are unfortunately awake.  
    It’s morning and a pile of unprocessed paperwork is anxiously waiting for you at the office, or perhaps a hot stove, or maybe a quiet machine shop — soon to become quite noisy.  
    It’s a work day and as they say — some one’s gotta make the donuts!

  • Why I need a building permit

    Why do I need a building permit? On the face of it, it certainly seems like a pain in the neck. After all, you only want to replace a window or replace part of the roofing. Really, what’s the point? Well the point is – water and keeping it out! But it goes further than that…

  • System failings on display

    The failings of America’s public education system are, I suppose, clearly on display in Wisconsin.
    In recent weeks that state’s governor, Scott Walker, has found himself embroiled in a battle that, given the merits of the case, seems to fly in the face of common sense.
    Wisconsin, like New Mexico, like Illinois, like California, like Indiana – ay yi yi, we could go on, yes? – is basically broke. In the red. Still, thousands of public employees have stormed its capitol in Madison and demanded more.