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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Playing games for sustainability

    I call the computer the bringer of prospects. A few odd souls will think of computing. Most think of video games, texting, or e-books.
    Environmental thinkers may think of smart cars and paperless records. Rare is the breed hooked on sustainability games, a many-pronged teaching tool.
    Who knows? Games may be the best hope that the world’s youth will work out the problems we pass to them.
    “Sustainability games” are computer games that test a player’s skill at prolonging the world’s use of natural resources and the environment. The games take many forms.

  • Martinez hits some turbulence with state plane fiasco

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration has been taken to task for misuse of a state airplane. The basics of the situation sound reasonable for the state to have undertaken.
    A production crew shooting a pilot for at TV series was stuck in Las Vegas, N.M., and needed to take a look at the Cumbres and Toltec Railroad in Chama.
    They called the head of the state film office who offered to get a state plane to fly them up. She checked with the state transportation director, two cabinet secretaries, two top state lawyers and the governor’s office.

  • Letter grades better than AYP

    Making AYP.
    This bit of education jargon has hung like a sword over schools and educators since the Bush administration introduced No Child Left Behind in 2001. In an attempt at accountability, the yardstick called Annual Yearly Progress was supposed to push schools and students toward improvement. But in design and implementation, it guaranteed that most schools would eventually not make AYP.
    So it’s hard to get excited about the new initiative, letter grades for schools. The governor considers it one of her education reform planks, and it won support from Democratic education leaders in the Legislature. Sen. Cynthia Nava, chair of the Senate Education Committee, supported the idea because it recognized growth and not just the watermark of proficiency.

  • Thanks for the scoop

    I would like to thank Dan’s Cafe for the 2,000 scoops of ice cream they gave away on Tuesday evening. You are very generous. My family looks forward to the free scoop night every year. It is a good opportunity to see friends and of course, have a lot a of ice cream. I myself contributed two scoops to that number of 2,000.
    The pinwheels were really nice and added to the fun. I liked to stick mine in my scoop of ice cream.
    Thank you so much. We look forward to seeing you throughout the year and again at free scoop night next year.

    Faith Koh
    Los Alamos

  • 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.