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Today's Opinions

  • Naming names is important

    As I read the Sunday Los Alamos Monitor with excitement on the ‘Toppers win against the Albuquerque Academy Chargers, I realized there was an important omission as I read the front page photo caption next to the photo of the homecoming court members.    
    The photo caption finished by saying: “At halftime of Friday night’s game, the homecoming court also was announced.”  
    This is where the omission occurred.
    This would have been a great opportunity to name the members of the homecoming court — at a minimum — the names of the homecoming king and queen.

  • Retain sheriff’s office

    It doesn’t matter if you are a Democrat, Republican, Green, Libertarian or Tea Party member, it is time to get involved.
     Local discussions are underway to decide if the County of Los Alamos should retain the elected position of sheriff.
    We as Americans should always be aware of when changes could be made to impact our right to vote in the future.
    I would like to take this opportunity to urge the community to contact the Charter Review Committee and the County Council to support the office of the sheriff.
    While it doesn’t affect the current sheriff, it would impact future elections.

  • Government only helps

    Here’s the recipe for growing an economy:
    “The growth rate of real per capita output is the sum of the growth rate of real per capita labor input and productivity growth.
    Productivity … is determined by the technology and regulatory structure of the economy and therefore is largely independent of spending policies.”
    The good words come from two economists, Harold L. Cole of the University of Pennsylvania and Lee E. Ohanian of UCLA. Their essay appeared Sept. 26 in the Wall Street Journal.
    Growing real per capita labor input means more people working more. Doing more stuff and doing existing tasks more efficiently grows productivity.
    Companies are doing something about growing real per capita output.

  • Fracking cracks open the crannies

    “Fracking” is shoptalk for hydraulic fracturing. The technology uses mixtures of fluids and sand under pressure to crack rocks underground and prop open the cracks.
    In the right rocks, the technique frees natural gas trapped in mini-pockets and adds greatly to the nation’s supply of the popular fuel.
    It works too for extracting oil. The industry proudly promotes fracking. A persistent TV ad shows a lady riding a see-through elevator deep into the Earth to highlight the value of fracking while suggesting no risks.
    But everything has risks. The chance of error and unknowns lurks on every side.
    The policy questions are what are the risks, who bears the risks and how can the total risk be cut.

  • Thanks to kind strangers

    A truly wonderful thing happened.  As you may know, we are doing a fundraiser for the Middle School library called Books4Hawks:
    (http://www.funds4books.com/fundraiser.aspx?pincode=80ca).  
    An older lady must have seen the information about this in the Los Alamos Monitor, and she came all the way to the Los Alamos Middle School and anonymously donated a $100 bill.
    She gave it to our receptionist, Claire Swinhoe, and made her getaway before I could thank her. Claire does not know who the lady was, but says she was an older woman probably past retirement age.  
    This is such wonderful generosity!

  • Hampton Inn honored for helping firefighters

    “Fracking” is shoptalk for hydraulic fracturing. The technology uses mixtures of fluids and sand under pressure to crack rocks underground and prop open the cracks.
    In the right rocks, the technique frees natural gas trapped in mini-pockets and adds greatly to the nation’s supply of the popular fuel.
    It works too for extracting oil. The industry proudly promotes fracking. A persistent TV ad shows a lady riding a see-through elevator deep into the Earth to highlight the value of fracking while suggesting no risks.
    But everything has risks. The chance of error and unknowns lurks on every side.
    The policy questions are what are the risks, who bears the risks and how can the total risk be cut.

  • Call for broadband access

    This week, two New Mexico health care professionals, two online learning educators and a small business owner, will travel to Washington, D.C. to ask congressional leaders to support efforts to expand broadband access to rural and underserved areas.
    Debra Newman, a physician’s assistant at a rural health center in Espanola, will lead the delegation.
    Joining her on the trip are William Dubois, a diabetes educator and resident of Pecos Valley; Alice Hopkins-Loy, Field Manager of Fast Forward New Mexico and resident of Santa Fe and Eva Artschwager, University of New Mexico distance-learning professor and resident of San Miguel County.

  • Community earns kudos

    I want to thank all the people who made the weekend waffle breakfast (“Pulp for Pawlak” on Sept 17) such a wonderful success.
    The money collected will go a long way in helping the schools.  So many people did so much work to plan and prepare the breakfast, staff the service and make the affair a truly fun time for all.  
    The Masons were wonderful and I just can’t thank them enough for hosting this event — and matching the funds collected at the breakfast!
    They were assisted by members of the Unitarian Church, a great bunch of people who didn’t hesitate a second to offer their help — they make a mean waffle!