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Today's Opinions

  • Quality of life issue

    A number of years ago, we drove through Canada as we made our way from Los Alamos to Alaska. Almost every Canadian town had three things in common – very friendly people, a curling rink and a multi-use aquatics center.
    Like these towns, Los Alamos already has friendly people and a wonderful aquatic center. While our aquatic center is as nice or nicer than many that we saw in Canada, it does not have the leisure pool that we saw in the Canadian centers.
    Alongside the multi-use lap/diving pools, these centers had a warmer pool with slides for kids and rivers for walking in, appropriate for all ages. These pools were always well used. I envision such a complex as a worthy enhancement to the great quality of life that we already enjoy in Los Alamos.

  • Doing more with less on the road today

    Between the debt-ceiling kerfuffle and Hurricane Irene, you may have missed two bits of summertime news that will be important for what we drive in the coming years.
    First, President Barack Obama announced that the administration and automakers had reached a deal to double the fuel economy of our national fleet of cars starting in model year 2017 and reaching the goal by 2025.
    Right now, cars and light trucks, light trucks include what I call my “little old lady SUV,” get an average of 27 mpg.
    By 2025, those same vehicles are to average an impressive 54.5 mpg.
    The second bit of news came a little later but was equally interesting.

  • Our View: Leisure Pool should get the nod

    In many cases, this newspaper will remain neutral regarding local option issues and elections opting instead to let citizens enliven the debate through guest editorials and letters to the editor.

    With regard to the leisure pool issue currently before voters in a mail-in ballot question, the Los Alamos Monitor is going to step from the gray of neutrality onto the black and white of this page.

    The leisure pool represents more than just a pool. The project is more than just a lazy man’s way to while away the hours on a hot summer afternoon, or a place for kids to become exorcised of way too much energy.

  • John Pawlak: It's a waste of paint

    Newspapers and TV news shows rain dismal tidings on us every day. Cuts in educational budgets.
    Cuts in civil spending. Cuts in federal aid to community projects.  Cuts in unemployment benefits.
    Cuts in transportation spending. If you discuss anything that has to do with helping people, you’d think you’re on the set of an Ed Wood movie. Cut! Cut! For Pete’s sake, would someone please cut the camera’s power cord?
    Cutting is a national epidemic and it’s unlikely to see a light at the end of this tunnel for some time.
    That’s because they cut the budget for the electric bill and so that light went out a long time ago.
    It behooves us to curb wasteful spending, to look for ways to save a buck or two.

  • Let voters decide county spending

    The time has come to vote on the bond issue for the Leisure Pool at the Aquatic Center.
    I don’t care for the name Aquatic Center so I will use the more familiar nickname, the Blue Whale.   
    Even though it is no longer mostly blue, the name has stuck for years.
    History of the Blue Whale:
    The county received a windfall of several million dollars from gross receipts tax when the service company at Los Alamos National Laboratory was told they had to pay gross receipts tax.   
    At that time, the high school pool was on its last fins and the swim team, the swim club and the lane swimmers were going to be without a facility.   

  • Just A Wag 10-21-11

    Local restaurant takes on partner
    We hear that Los Alamos resident Patrick Mockler has purchased 50 percent ownership in Central Avenue Grill.
    Mockler hopes to expand the restaurant to the rear to include a sports bar.

    Send us your wags

    “Just a wag” features initial snippets of news heard around town.  
    The wags may grow to larger stories or simply remain snippets, either way this is meant to spark interest and provide food for thought.
    E-mail wags to lanews@lamonitor.com.

  • Leisure pool prediction is deemed unrealistic

    I have noticed an absence of factual presentations regarding the upcoming $3 million bond election for a new leisure swimming pool, so I read the county’s feasibility study.
    The total cost of the pool will be $6.1 million, or slightly more than $2,000 per square foot of pool area.
    Although limited by land area, the designers conceived an attractive facility to compensate for the cold tomb-like qualities of the existing Olympic-size pool. However, some practical questions remain.
    The bond is $3 million, but I conclude the continuing subsidy for operating costs will make the cost of the bond look small.

  • We've lost a leprechaun

    New Mexico lost one of its most pleasant citizens recently with the death of former state Rep. Tom Foy. If ever a person could be said to always have a smile on his face, it was Tommy, or Tommie, depending on how his friends wanted to spell it.
    To my knowledge, he always spelled his name Tom but seemed to have no objection to the diminutive form. He was diminutive.
    Many thought of him as a leprechaun. But Tom didn’t need to prove he was a tough guy.
    He played football in high school and then survived the horrors of the Bataan Death March and Japanese hell ships and prison camps. Tom didn’t seem to mind talking about his war experiences and the pleasant look on his face didn’t seem to change even then.