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Today's Opinions

  • Better use of money than on Trinity Drive?

    There have been many well-considered letters supporting and opposing changes in Trinity from a four-lane road to two lanes with roundabouts.
    The benefits of the proposed change are and will remain uncertain. The cost is sure to be enormous. What is the projected cost and who would be paying? The inconvenience to motorists during months (or years) of reconstruction is also to be considered. Is it worth it?
    Safety for pedestrians crossing Trinity is a valid concern, but one which could be addressed with a more modest project.

    Janet Tallman
    Los Alamos

  • Council quashes alternate opinions

    Every now and again I overhear members of the Los Alamos County Council lamenting that citizens don’t seem to comment on important issues until the 11th hour, or worse, until after votes already have been cast and things are in motion.
    If the councilors would look up from their papers on the dais and notice what was happening beyond the front of their own noses, they might have an epiphany about how they treat some members of our community and how this treatment could have a chilling effect on constructive citizen input.

  • Of gasoline and golf balls

    At the gas station, the customer tried to squeeze a few more drops into his tank and in doing so, some gas spurted out onto the pavement. And a little onto his pants.
    He screwed the gas cap back on, patted down his pants, and then demonstrated why there should be a test given to people before letting them vote.  He lit up a cigarette.
    I readied my cell phone for video mode. You know, just in case the police asked about the ball of fire running down the road. Either that, or to make a few bucks by selling the video to CNN.
    Yeah, you guessed it. I’m talking once more about the epidemic of stupid in this country.

  • Martinez testing her powers

    Perhaps it is inexperience. Or perhaps she’s simply insensitive to the give and take required in a system of state government where the authority to govern is apportioned between three separate branches of government, legislative, executive and judicial.
    Whatever it is, New Mexico’s neophyte Gov. Susana Martinez’s use of the line-item veto to accomplish legislative ends she sought but failed to achieve at the 2011 legislature has key state lawmakers on both sides of the aisle talking about hauling her into court for exceeding her authority under the state Constitution.
    There have been a number of instances where her veto practices have struck seasoned observers as constitutionally dubious.

  • GOP leaders holding federal budget hostage

    May 12, on the PBS News Hour, Sen. Mitch McConnell was being interviewed by Jim Lehrer on the upcoming debt limit vote coming up before congress. McConnell was stating that the Republicans would not agree to raise the debt limit unless at least $4 trillion in spending cuts were agreed to and that they would definitely not agree to any tax increases or lesser cuts as a compromise as has been done in the past.  
    He implied that without these cuts the U.S. government would have to default on its obligations.

  • Roundabouts work well on busy roads

    On Tuesday, the Los Alamos County Council will discuss Trinity Drive/N.M.502 Improvements.
    The public will have an opportunity to voice their opinions. Do citizens wish to make Trinity safer and more livable for everyone, including those who live off Trinity, or do we want to keep Trinity the way it is now, a four lane highway that bisects Los Alamos Mesa? I personally want improvements.
    Three evenings ago, I came extremely close to being T-boned by a blatant red light runner who was rushing somewhere. After I began my left turn on to Oppenheimer, I quickly stopped in the middle of the intersection when I saw the rapidly accelerating red Chevy truck barreling toward me. The truck barely had room to clear my car.

  • NM eases through financial crisis

    State government has gotten through its financial crisis reasonably intact. Revenue is showing some growth. There may be a little money left after the 2013 session of the Legislature. Huge challenges loom.
    This was the overall message from David Abbey, director of the Legislative Finance Committee, to the conference of the New Mexico Tax Research Institute. Abbey spoke in Santa Fe May 12 to about 75 of the state’s tax and policy professionals

  • Be prepared if 'The Big One' hits

    As events in Japan this past March showed us, Big Ones really do happen. Richter 9 is about as large as they come, an event so enormous it takes away the breath of even a geologist like myself.
    It’s no comfort to think that quakes of that same general size are likely along the western boundaries of the Lower 48 and also in the region where Missouri, Kentucky and Tennessee come together. In short, major quakes here in the U.S. simply must be expected.  
    And there are other “big ones,” too. As we’ve seen this spring, tornadoes and flooding are most unfortunately a natural part of our world. And electrical outages sometimes shape the man-made landscape in which we live.