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Today's Opinions

  • Economic stimulus outcome not dramatic but measurable

    New Mexico’s economic stimulus money will begin to peter out in July. From the numbers, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act didn’t live up to our biggest expectations, which were very big, but it defied predictions by pessimists.
    In a nutshell, stimulus funding didn’t jumpstart our economy, but it kept the bottom from falling out and bought us some time. If you were one of the people who got or kept a job supported by stimulus money, and you’re now about to be unemployed, it’s at least a better time to be job hunting than it was in the depths of the downturn.

  • It’s getting APPalling out there

    My wife and I broke down the other day and got ourselves some smart phones.  But it turns out that the phones really aren’t all that smart.  
    My phone couldn’t learn even the simplest of dog tricks like roll over, beg or fetch.  It does however stay with amazing non-agility.
    It didn’t take long for us to find ourselves downloading apps. Reading apps.  Game apps.  Navigation apps.  Productivity apps.  
    I suddenly knew what it felt like for Columbus, opening your eyes one morning and discovering a new world.  
    Well, almost exactly like that, except that I didn’t get to destroy civilizations, steal riches or brutalize and enslave any Indians.

  • Remembering many valiant battles lost

    Around Memorial Day, as we remember those who fought to preserve our safety and freedom, let’s take a moment to remember those who fought, and lost, a no less valiant battle, their battle with cancer.
    I often think about my friends, and those that I’ve known and lost, and ask why?
    Why did they lose their battle and I’m still here? Why did my friend, who was diagnosed at the same time as me, lose her fight and yet I remain in remission? Why do some suffer and others not? They were good people. They didn’t deserve it. No one does. In fact, cancer survivors are the most wonderful people I know.

  • Trying to make sense of it

    Amid the news of Osama Bin Laden’s killing, and the extreme public reaction in Pakistan, it is worth asking, “Do all Muslims support jihad killing of innocents?” and “What human rights do Muslim majority nations allow?”
    We regularly read about the denial of voting rights, civil rights, public education or free speech for women and minorities in Muslim nations, such as Iran’s killing of members of B’nai Brith, an offshoot sect of Islam that many Muslims consider a heresy.
    But how much of this repression of basic human rights is due to the “culture” of national governments and how much is due to the religion of Islam?

  • Roundabout testimonial

    To the Los Alamos County Council and the Transportation Board:
    I drove through this roundabout on Central Avenue at 8th Street in Albuquerque during rush hour at 5:15 p.m., on a weekday last month, while pulling a large trailer with my large pickup:

    I came in from the west and headed east on Central Avenue. My observations include:
    •Central narrows from four lanes to two lanes. That was no problem (good signage) even though heavy traffic had to merge and I was driving a 35-40 foot rig.
    •Traffic was “queued” back about 10 vehicles, but kept moving at about 10 mph.

  • Roundabouts with left turns best bet

    What kind of community do Los Alamos and White Rock want to be? I have not  found many other places I’d live as I contemplate, with an eye on  retirement, whether to stay in Los Alamos or move on.
    Community  sustainability and a people friendly environment are major factors to weigh.
    Some say roundabouts increase local businesses. While that is true, one of  the downsides of Los Alamos County is the lack of businesses along the  roundabout route.
    Is this county business unfriendly? In comparison to  alternative communities, I’d have to conclude that Los Alamos needs to  rethink its lack of support of entrepreneurship and the road blocks to  business we’ve created.

  • Board actions questioned

    The LAPS Board ultimately decides which community organizations can rent the Duane W. Smith Auditorium (DWSA) and what these organizations can perform. This is reasonable.
    The board should not, for example, allow performances that go against the LAPS policy on temporary/long-term use of school facilities (1330-3270), which states that school facilities such as the theater are for the educational benefit of the people of Los Alamos and that “district buildings and facilities should be available, subject to reasonable conditions, to ... organizations for activities that foster the educational, cultural .... or social development of the community.

  • Owners need to keep control of their dogs

    A few days ago, I took my two dogs (a little Papillion and a yellow Lab) on their daily walk near the golf course. My dogs are always on a leash anytime they’re out of our fenced yard.
    As we neared the golf course, we heard coyotes, so I was on guard to deal with them if necessary.
    What I next saw was a lady and her three dogs (two German Shepherd mixes and a Lab) headed our way. Her dogs were running free, with no sign of a leash.
    I moved off the trail and picked my Papillion up. As they neared, one of the Shepherds spotted us and started running toward us. I yelled at the lady to control her dogs, to no avail.