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Today's Opinions

  • Reapportionment key for LA

    The Los Alamos Monitor story on the future of House District 43 was a great story and it showed the Los Alamos community was alert and concerned about the redistricting of our House seat.
    The presentations were right on with  the strongest being the economic impact of Los Alamos on northern New Mexico. U.S. Senators Clinton Anderson and Pete Domenici knew this well and they were always able to provide support for a strong laboratory as the engine of healthy job and local spending on local economies. The New Mexico House and Senate representatives for Los Alamos took care to work with the state on the important issues of maintaining support for the lab and as an offshoot the workforce.

  • Water, water not quite everywhere

    When I was a kid I was “born again,” a process that involved being fully and totally immersed in water.
    Much more recently I was on the home stretch of an eight-mile walk in the hot sun when the minister I was walking with kindly poured her drinking water on my hot little head.
    Seldom does water feel so good as when splashed on an overheating noggin in the summertime. As soon as my hair was sopping wet, I certainly felt born anew, able to complete the walk with at least a tiny smidgen of spring in my step.
    Just a cup or two of water, supplied at the crucial time and applied to best advantage, made all the difference in the world.

  • Fair wages are an American tradition

    The first Monday of September, Americans celebrate the workers who make our country strong.
    On Labor Day, we are proud of the traditions that brought us the eight-hour work day, paid vacation and sick days and minimum wage and overtime protections.
    These basic labor standards helped to make our country the wealthiest in the world by creating a vast middle class able to buy the goods and services that kept our economy growing.
    Unfortunately, 129 years after the first Labor Day celebrations, more and more American workers find themselves without some of these basic labor protections.

  • Just A Wag 09-02-11

    Prime appointments

    We have learned that House Speaker Ben Lujan has appointed a certain state representative to the powerful Appropriations Committee and other prime committees.
    Watch for the full story  next week in the Los Alamos Monitor.

    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.

  • Addressing the source

    There’s been a lot of discussion lately about roundabouts, most of it lambasting the county council for galactic stupidity and financial irresponsibility.  
    But I’m here to fight for the other side. Yes, I’m going to argue for roundabouts!  
    I’ve decided that they are a very viable solution. We need to increase throughput and we need to calm people down.
    Any sensible person would agree with the council that Trinity Drive is a death zone, more dangerous than the streets of Fallujah.  
    You take your life in your hands when you come within 20 miles of it.  It’s only a matter of time before the government declares Trinity a disaster area and hires Arizonian lawmakers to build a wall around it.

  • Noise is so annoying

    As a resident of downtown Los Alamos, I wish to bring to your attention that various County and private business concerns are creating a perpetual NOISE NUISANCE to down-town residents throughout most days, including weekends.
    Usually the noises start before 7  a.m., and frequently continue throughout the normal working day. The offending noises appear to be generated by heavy duty mechanical equipment such as diggers, trucks earth movers and other related vehicles.

  • Prudent county spending?

    Most of the people in this county believe that far too much money is spent on capital projects.
    Former County Councilor Robert Gibson named a few in his excellent Letter to the Editor yesterday (Aug. 28).  
    In addition, there were near misses on a proposed Community Center and on the Bypass Road to the ski hill, which the citizens rejected.  
    Our library is shaped like a bird for no substantive reason, and is certainly not an efficient design.
    The aquatic center, never favored by voters, has required major repairs.  
    Rather than properly maintain the municipal building and golf facility, they were torn down,  to be replaced by cavernous (Gibson’s term) new facilities.  

  • Keep Trinity Drive four lanes

    Sept. 6, 7 p.m., at the community building the county council will make a final vote on changing Trinity Drive to two lanes with nine roundabouts.  
    The cost is estimated at $40 million!  
    Please attend  this vital meeting.

    Phyllis B. Holland
    Los Alamos