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Today's Opinions

  • Generous souls will discover many local worthy causes

    The LANL United Way campaign has been extended for another week, and there are still opportunities to designate for your favorite nonprofit or the LANL match. There are many worthy causes in Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico. Groups such as Self Help, Inc. operate without fees for service. Thanks to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, the organization operates with almost no overhead costs and uses donated dollars to benefit clients directly. Projects such as the Children’s Tools for School project are entirely run by board members and community volunteers.

  • Audience absence was astounding

    For the second time my wife and I drove over from Phoenix to see a play put on by the Olions Club of Los Alamos High School.
    For the second time, we were energized by these young people.
    “An Enemy Of The People” by Henrik Ibsen is serious drama. We found it amazing that a high school drama group would  even attempt to portray such a demanding production, much less deliver it with all the force Ibsen intended.

  • You can’t fool them all

    “You may fool all of the people some of the time, you can even fool some of the people all of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.”   
    That hoary adage originated with Honest Abe and conceivably might offer consolation to some candidates and voters today as we climb out of the muck and mud that passed for Campaign 2010.

  • Comment was not meant to offend anyone

    This letter is in response to a blog written by Monitor Publisher Keven Todd regarding the council meeting wherein the petition spearheaded by Richard Hannemann was discussed.   
    How dare you liken Mr. Hannemann to the Fuhrer!   Especially considering the many citizens who signed the petition and how often I have heard citizens say, “The council is always going to do what the council is going to do, they don’t care what the citizens say or think about anything.”  

  • Let’s talk practicality

    Some people, 1,679 to be exact, are claiming that the old Municipal Building was so sentimental to them that it stood for Los Alamos. They signed a petition that states “the original Los Alamos County Municipal Building dedicated June 24, 1967 shall be fully rebuilt and restored to its original site and design...” End of quote.

  • Geopolitics rears up in rare earths

    The world journeys into the Green Age and renews  old themes. Chapters of political history grow thick with the value that  accrues from whatever.
    So it was and ever shall  be, for better and worse. Biblical enterprises valued gold, frankincense and  myrrh. Explorers in the Age of Discovery sought gold and silver fit for royal  heads and sought trade routes to faraway lands of spices and silk.  

  • Farewell my fine old tent

    It was a fine tent – blue and gold, a Sierra Designs, two person, state-of-the-art backpacker’s dream. I bought it for motorcycle camping, and it logged thousands of miles and many nights of stars or rain, days of thunder by Harley or God. I retired it a few years ago in favor of a newer, less bulky and more expensive model, which, removed from my bike last summer in San Francisco, probably now graces some homeless camp in California.

  • Council ducks its duty

    Regarding the petition election on the siting and structure of the new Municipal Building. I am deeply disappointed by the county council’s failure to act on Tuesday Oct. 26 to provide information to the voters on the issue of the petition regarding the siting and structure of the new  building. This is an abdication of its duty to explain to the public how it — the council — settled on the Central Avenue site.