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Today's Opinions

  • Thurston for a cure

    Cancer. It’s a horrible thing. The very idea of it frightens people. Even the word is threatening. Some people call it the C-word as if careful not to say it out loud, either out of courtesy to those who have it or perhaps fear of getting it themselves (like knocking on wood). When someone contracts cancer, it consumes his or her life.

  • Make a personal statement

    Have you ever opened the paper and winced because you saw a headline saying that one of your favorite businesses was closing?  Did you feel like your quality of life had just been diminished? The 3/50 Project is a national effort promoted in Los Alamos by the Chamber of Commerce to help avoid such unpleasant surprises.

  • Address America’s real problems

    The Global Economy has reduced prices and accelerated trade and development throughout the world; however, it has also caused massive relocations of jobs and wealth that threaten U.S. stability. Without reforms, the U.S. will continue its spiral into economic mediocrity and bankruptcy.

  • Humanity's future depends on better choices

    My old friend and work colleague Brian was an academically qualified scientific researcher before he retired. He spent 55-plus years performing, supervising and managing a selection of scientific endeavors and programs sponsored by the Western world governments, industry and philanthropists during the last half of the 20th century.  He worked in England and all over the USA and still travels extensively to Europe and the Far and Middle East.

  • Remember Bruce and Alice King

    Bruce and Alice King came as a set. Once one piece was gone, the other wasn’t very functional. They campaigned together as a two-fer long before Bill and Hillary picked up on it.

    Alice was Bruce’s campaign treasurer and he never spent a cent without her approval. One night when I pulled out a tattered check to pay for his book, “Cowboy in the Roundhouse,” Bruce mentioned that Alice also gave him only one check at a time.

  • Police beat

    Regarding the publication of the Police Beat on the front page of the Monitor, one could ask, “What are the Monitor editors thinking?” First, we were treated to a front-page Police Beat, which was once published inside the paper and now we get full-color pictures of the offenders along with a description of their offenses.  Are there no local, national or international newsworthy tidbits that could be substituted, or must we put up with such a misuse of the front page?  I would rather find the Beat inside the paper than have it splashed on the front page.

  • More information needed

    I read that Los Alamos has some 500 “poverty level” people or families.  I enjoyed a related observation that a city as rich as ours should be able to do something.

    I don’t understand some things.  The overall question is whether these individuals or families are below poverty level because of unforeseen and uncontrollable circumstances, or whether they are just suffering the consequences of bad decisions.  It would be helpful to have a lot more data about the situation:

  • Teaching engineering: then and now

    Public discourse is a strange thing. It clanks, whirrs and blows steam. As it hacks and grinds away, making an assembly line of ideas to choose from.

         Discourse operates this way on any topic worth our time. Take for example the discipline of engineering.

         Engineering does things to the air and water, some for better and some for worse. Practices have changed in recent decades. At the same time, the old principles apply even more in new situations.