Today's Opinions

  • Effort keeps neighbors warm

    Curves thanks all the community members who donated blankets and electrical cooking items for our neighbors without natural gas.  
    It was amazing how many items we were able to collect in just a matter of hours. The blankets went to the armory to be used on cots for people spending the night and the other items went to individuals who are trying to stay in their own homes.

  • Call for clear, complete communication at LAPS

    Managing perceptions is critical.  I wrote a harsh letter about the LAPS decision to keep schools open when the governor had asked for help in managing the natural gas crisis.  
    Had the school district used its website to briefly explain why, instead of just stating that our schools would stay open, the letter would either not have been written or would have applauded the district for remaining open in case warm shelter was needed for those affected by the natural gas shutdowns.  

  • Reasoning was rooted in a concern for the welfare of students

    To the community of Los Alamos: Los Alamos Public Schools were in session Friday.  I made this decision because our students need to be in a safe, warm environment.
    Enrolled in our district, we have a significant number of students from affected areas and I believe it was our obligation to provide a safe, warm environment for them.  

  • Just A Wag 02-04-11

    New LANL director buzz        

    The name most often heard of those being bantied about to replace retiring Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Mike Anastasio is LANL Weapons Program Associate Director Charles McMillan ... stay tuned.

    Post Office accolades

    Residents are singing praises about now receiving their mail before 5 p.m., and while the Los Alamos Monitor has yet to hear from the local postmaster or Albuquerque post office officials - we’re glad the delivery glitch is fixed.

  • Cupid's sweet lament

    The Chocolate Doo Doo Drop gift bag. Now, I bet you never had anyone start off a conversation by saying that, eh?
    A chocolate doo doo drop is an extruded pile of milk chocolate “attractively packaged and nestled on a small pile of green grass” and wrapped in cellophane. The perfect gift for that special friend who gave you that yellow and purple checkered sweater for Christmas.
    Of course, if $30 a pound for “extruded” chocolate is a bit more than you want to spend, there are other organic options.

  • LAPS sending wrong message

    What are our schools teaching our children? With thousands in our state without heat and at risk of freezing, our governor has declared a state of emergency and asked schools and government offices to close so that power can be restored to households across the state.
    The list of schools complying scrolls across our television screens.
    It appears that everyone is working to help those in need. Working together for the greater good. All except the Los Alamos Public Schools.

  • Good customer service is business no-brainer

    Mistakes happen, but good customer service is one way to set a business apart.
    Owners need to build and maintain a stellar perception of their companies so that conversation about it is always positive.
    This is especially important for startup companies, which are more likely to experience stiff competition from entrenched organizations already in the marketplace.
    A savvy owner of a startup business will do research to make sure there is a market for any product before launching it; what customers want from it; and how to price it.

  • Semiautomatic up for state firearm

    New Mexico has 20 official state symbols and may have a 21st before this legislative session is over.
    Senate Bill 109, introduced by Sen. George Munoz of Gallup designates the squash blossom necklace as New Mexico’s official state necklace.
    Before you get upset about lawmakers wasting time with such trivia, let me say that bills such as this consume very little time and effort of legislators. They are indicative of a state’s culture and provide help in advertising.