Today's Opinions

  • How’s that working for ya?

    Do you ever wonder why children don’t routinely stick their hands in fire?  
    Maybe it’s because they did it before and it hurt?  They learned not to do it again.  This is what psychologists call “one trial learning.”

  • Just A Wag 02-11-11

    Cats survive standoff   
    The seven cats found inside Richard Morse’s Bathtub Row home following his recent 19-hour standoff with police are in shelter care.
    Several of the cats were ill and have undergone treatment by a local veterinarian.
    The county is repairing the chain link fence surrounding the home that was damaged in the standoff.
    Morse was transported to a hospital in Las Vegas, N.M. for a psychological evaluation.

    Send us your wags

  • Shame on all involved

    The so-called “economic recovery” of 2011 is summarized in one sentence that dominated the news on Feb. 7: “Ford says that it is boosting its U.S. production, by 13 percent, of Lincoln and Ford Explorer SUV’s to keep up with demand, but Ford hasn’t yet decided it will add extra workers.”
    We can rejoice because the stock market is up and the very rich can confidently spend their millions on luxury items. Just ignore those pesky unemployment, foreclosure and bankruptcy figures.

  • Help shape the future of Los Alamos County

    Los Alamos County has been working toward creating a more sustainable community for several years.  
    It is time for us to take a step back, analyze our progress and reexamine our plans for the future.  
    Previous columns have touched on some of the actions taken, and now it is time for you, as an educated and motivated citizen, to take an active role in shaping our community’s future.     
    Creating a sustainable Los Alamos County is going to require participation and ingenuity from you.  

  • Readers comment on various reports at lamonitor.com

    One of the enhanced features of lamonitor.com is the capability readers now have to interact through comments at the conclusion of every article published on the site. This gives you the ability to instantaneously communicate your thoughts to the greater online community that lamonitor.com represents.

    Here's a random sampling of some recent comments readers have shared on a variety of topics:

  • This state is a mess

    You’ve got to hand it to Rep. Joseph Cervantes, Las Cruces Democrat. He pursues lonely quests, an admirable trait so long as he doesn’t go too far along the fantasy paths of Don Quixote, the protagonist of the first modern novel, written by a namesake, Miguel de Cervantes.
    But read Don Quixote (and I have). You will find that the good Don’s efforts, some addled, some not, pursued truth, justice and the American way, as Superman might put it.

  • Charter Review group seeking citizen input

    The Charter Review Committee (CRC) is a group of county council-appointed citizens tasked to conduct a comprehensive review of the Los Alamos County Charter and provide options and recommendations to the council for potential changes.
    In the past year, the committee completed a review of the charter for “consistency and clarification” improvements that resulted in 11 recommendations to council, followed by approval of all by the citizens at the recent election.  

  • Up to 100K for top plans

    Northern New Mexico technology companies have been using the Venture Acceleration Fund since 2006 to help bring their products to the marketplace.
    The fund, administered through Los Alamos National Laboratory, awards up to $100,000 to qualifying ventures.
    This year, the VAF is changing some of its rules: calls for ideas will be accepted year-round, and companies no longer must have a direct technology-transfer association with the lab — though some preference is given to those ventures.