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Today's Opinions

  • Just A Wag 04-08-11

    LA Reservoir work begins

    We hear  the road  to Los Alamos Reservoir will close to the pubic Monday as Los Alamos County ramps up  renovation on the reservoir. Heavy equipment activity will make it hazardous for hikers, bicyclists and dog walkers to be on the road.

    Diamond signage issues

    Some drivers find the limited signage confusing around the Diamond, Canyon  and Trinity area. They caution other drivers to slow down in the intersections where vehicles are stopping, starting and making turns.

    Send us your wags

  • Winners and losers who emerged in 2011 session

    In legislative post mortems, we’re hearing that the economy wasn’t much of a priority this year for either party.
    Not necessarily so. Economic development bills may have been overshadowed by bigger dramas, but some good bills made it to the governor; others were impaled on ideology and ignorance.
    The most obvious winner was the locomotive fuel tax credit to help Union Pacific Railroad create its $400 million rail hub in Santa Teresa, a project mothballed since 2007. A slam dunk, you might think, but no.

  • For a few dollars more

    Although seriously wounded, the bad guy was still dangerous.
    With radioactive blood oozing, he reached for the feedwater coolant release valve. But then, hearing the muffled laugh of regulatory oversight, he looked up and found himself staring into the barrel of a 357 fuel rod.  
    The inspector smiled and said, “I know what you’re thinking.  Did he hit me with an 8.6 earthquake, or was it point 5?
    Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I kind of lost track myself.

  • Gov's turn to reform

    In the recently completed 2011 legislative session, Senate Bill 17 (Keller, D-Bernalillo & Neville, R-Aztec), a bill designed to complete SIC reforms by removing the governor as chairperson, passed with wide bi-partisan support.
    It now sits on the governor’s desk waiting to be signed. SB-17 was carefully crafted in the interim, by the bipartisan Investment Oversight Committee, long before the recent gubernatorial election.  
    It is composed of original sections from the 2010 bill including sections to ensure minority party legislative appointments.  
    It now also includes an amendment that allows the Governor to serve for two more years in the Chairperson role before removing the position all together.  

  • Creativity in science and art

    When there is an economic downturn, often the first things people want to sacrifice in our schools are programs that are not considered the basics, such as art, physical education, and music.  Yet these disciplines are life skills that help us to be happier and healthier in our maturity.  But are we sacrificing something else?  First and foremost, I believe we are eliminating the teaching of creativity--creative ways of thinking, moving, and enjoying life.
    We often compartmentalize various disciplines: art is art and science is science, and in our mind they do not intersect. Furthermore, we somehow fail to value art as much as science and are more willing to do away with art.  

  • Keep Trinity four lanes

    The transportation Board is presenting, at 5:30-7:30 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge, a plan to show what Trinity Drive will look like with two lanes and five roundabouts.
    The final plan for Trinity Drive will be presented to the Los Alamos County Council on Tuesday, July 12.
    It is vital that everyone in the community attend these meetings.
    If you want to keep Trinity Drive the way it is and cannot attend the meetings, contact me at 662-2240 and give me your contact information so we can keep you informed of new developments on this project.

    Joyce Cady
    Los Alamos

  • Time to stop whining and start appreciating

    To all the people that work in, live in, go to school in Los Alamos County ... Stop whining; because to please everyone is impossible - some one will always be unhappy.
    Construction will have large trucks, tractors and semi’s coming in and out of town, turning off and onto the roads. It will cost money for contractors to make schedule changes. So if you’re going to whine, then prepare to fork out (I am guessing) a quarter million dollars per contractor or so to appease the few whiners and have contractor down time.  
    I personally drive up the front hill every morning to go to work; it may slow me by 2-4 minutes. So instead of whining, leave earlier.  

  • Reviewing is necessary

    The citizens of Los Alamos have again been subjected to the comments by a self-proclaimed local traffic-engineering expert regarding the NM502/Trinity Drive Corridor Study now underway under the guidance of the Los Alamos County Public Works Department and under the direction of the county council.
    In his recent ViewPoint column, J. Williams claims that he has simulated the roundabout design for the corridor, by hand, and without in-depth review of the traffic-engineering design and planning studies made by the professional consultants hired to carry out the study.