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Today's Opinions

  • Gary runs for president

    On April 21, Gary Johnson stood in front of the New Hampshire State House in Concord and announced his candidacy for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
    Afterwards, the online newspaper “Slate” noted, “Only 14 percent of Republicans have the faintest idea of who he is.”
    Still later that evening, ABC News summed up the former New Mexico governor’s quest as, at best, “a long-shot bid for the White House.”
    Johnson would probably agree with that assessment, but he also remembers how virtually every political soothsayer in his own home state was saying much the same thing in 1994 after he announced his candidacy for the GOP gubernatorial nomination that year.

  • Gag Gag me with a spoon

    Civilization is doomed. We don’t have a prayer. Let’s just pack it up, give the planet back to the jellyfish and trilobites, and admit that the human race is headed for a sad and dismal end.
    Yeah, I know. An apocalyptic aphorism might not be the best way to start a column. But sometimes you just want to get to the punch line.
    Our children are growing up in a world that praises the putrid and idolizes the idiots. We worship the worthless, value the vulgar, deify the disgusting, and exalt the egregious.
    But with so many vile incarnations of mildewed dishrags in our society, you’d be hard pressed to guess which one I’m talking about.

  • Congress has moral obligation

     

       

    As Washington engages in a heated political debate about the federal deficit, both parties agree that spending should be cut and no program seems entirely safe from the budget-slashing ax. 

    But history tells us that congress often makes mistakes during periods of indiscriminate budget-cutting. And this time, the consequences could be tragic for our soldiers still in harm’s way.

  • After Earth Day

    The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) once again did a wonderful job of organizing Earth Day activities for Los Alamos.  

    Earth Day is a special day that lets us get together as a community to celebrate how much we value a healthy, sustainable environment, and to recognize the many things we are already doing to preserve and enhance the environment for ourselves and our children.

  • Kudos and pleas(e)

    The parks and recreation department deserves kudos for two wonderful additions to our community.  
    The miniature golf course is a delight both visually and for those playing the free facility.  
    Further down the road leaving Los Alamos is a stunning trail along the south rim that is accessible to one and all with its wide paved path, bridge overlook and benches to stop for a rest along the way.  
    If you have not tried it yet, it is great for jogging, walking your dog, biking, strolling or rolling a wheel chair.  The parking lot is right across the road from the new food co-op, another long awaited addition offering market options for our residents.  

  • Don't rely on others for your retirement

    Recent debates about Social Security and the increasing number of employers reducing or eliminating employee pensions have underscored the need for a sound retirement plan. Gone are the days when employees were guaranteed a percentage of their salaries once they leave a company.
    While Social Security may or may not change, it was never intended to be the sole source of retirement income. Retirement planning is something everyone needs regardless of their existing situations. If the current financial debates tell us anything it’s this: the only funding you can count on is that which you do yourself. Some of the options you have are individual retirement accounts (IRAs) or an employer-sponsored plan such as a 401(k).

  • Why the basics cost so much

    Why does it cost so much money to pay for the basics of a normal life, let alone a middle class lifestyle?
    The answer involves deadly dull numbers, a tiptoe through the tulips of political rationalization, and a date with inexorable financial destiny.
    Our tiptoe begins with the fact that today’s dollar does not buy what a dollar used to buy. This loss of buying power is called “inflation.”
    Inflation means that money stored in a bank, a CD or a treasury note loses buying power every day it does not earn enough interest to offset the loss due to inflation.
    Different things have different inflation rates. The price of beets goes up slower than the price of gold.

  • Save money for important needs

    I have lived in Los Alamos for 50 years. Until recently, I hadn’t realized all the problems I was having on Trinity Drive.
    The worst safety problem is the blinding sun at sunrise and sunset, which I doubt that the “improvements” will cure.
    Have the computer models included the impact on Canyon Road?
    Let us save our money for a real need.

    Lawry W. Mann
    Los Alamos