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Today's Opinions

  • Pros and cons on KRSN radio antenna

    Not in the park

    Dear Editor,

    With regards to the P&Z Commission’s decision not to grant KRSN a special use permit to put a radio antenna up in Loma Linda Park. I want to thank all the people who showed up to either support or oppose the decision. Lots of testimony was heard and both sides presented good cases. Contrary to what KRSN has said on the radio, everybody who wanted to speak was given an opportunity to speak. That is the law.

  • Following is easier way

    Dear Editor,

    It is easier to be a follower than to be a leader.  Followers don’t have to guess what the future holds, they just let the leaders take that risk.  Leaders must make decisions based on uncertain or unknown future difficulties and benefits, but must act in the present. 

  • The dumb grid

    Dear Editor,

    I read with some interest your recent article on Smart Grids.  I manage a small company in Santa Fe, and recently we cancelled our participation in PNM’s voluntary smart grid program.  A few months ago we were approached by PNM to allow them to control our air conditioning thermostat for a reduction in our electric rate.  This sounded like a reasonable deal since they were only going to turn the thermostat up a degree or two during peak use periods.

  • Did Thursday pass you by?

    Well, how many of you remembered to honor Thursday? It is a day that is not only important to Los Alamos but to the world.

    Thursday was the anniversary of the first atomic bomb test, conducted on July 16, 1945.

    The name of the site where the bomb went off was named Trinity, the location of the first test of a nuclear explosion ever conducted. We know that Trinity is in New Mexico, in that portion of the desert known as the Jornade del Muerto – Journey of Death – near Alamogordo.

  • Money - big money - still rules

    As the race for governor gets going (it is still mid-2009 right?) the key will be who gets the most montey fastest.

    Lt. Gov. Diane Denish is off to a good start.

    The Associated Press reports that she has raised more than a half-million dollars during the past three months for her front-running campaign for the Democratic nomination for governor next year.

    Denish had a cash balance of nearly $1.9 million in her campaign account at the end of June, according to a report released Wednesday by the campaign.

  • An era ending for the 'Tacos'

    SANTA FE – The Pentagon plans to shut down the proud New Mexico Air National Guard. The fighter pilots of the Air Guard have served the nation honorably in wars since the 1950s.

    But as methods of warfare have changed, fighter planes are no longer needed to the extent they once were. Air-to-air combat is nearly a thing of the past as our enemies have little or no air forces.

    Air support for troop movements still is needed but not to the extent it once was.

  • Getting and spending and not wasting our powers

    As individuals we spend most of our lives planning resource allocation.  Initially our only resource is our own time and effort (unless we were born rich).  

    Later, if we use this resource wisely, we will accumulate wealth and will be able to also allocate resources with our spending priorities.  Many people (perhaps most in the more developed countries) use what we will call plan A.  Accumulate wealth by any means available; so as to later have multiple spending options.  

  • Interesting and disturbing issues

    Dear Editor,

    As described in a June 27 Los Alamos Monitor news article by Roger Snodgrass the Los Alamos Historical Document Retrieval Assessment (LAHDRA) final report, was presented by staff of the United States Centers for Disease Control (US CDC) at a public meeting in the Hilton Hotel at Buffalo Thunder Resort on June 25.

    Much interesting information was conveyed during the approximately two hours alloted to summarizing the report.