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Today's Opinions

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    As described in a June 27 Los Alamos Monitor news article by Roger Snodgrass the Los Alamos Historical Document Retrieval Assessment (LAHDRA) final report, was presented by staff of the United States Centers for Disease Control (US CDC) at a public meeting in the Hilton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

  • What makes a town special?

    Dear Editor,

    What makes a town “special?”  Oddly enough it is not the people.  We speak of “the town and its people,” or the “townsfolk,” both of which entail the concept that each, the town and the people of the town, are separate entities. 

    Populations cycle, every 20 years in Los Alamos. People are people everywhere, subject to the various good and questionable aspects of the condition of being a people.

  • Trinity project

    As expected - and predicted - the Boyer Company has finally confirmed what everyone knew, the world and the economy has changed.

    This new – and unfortunate – dynamic has doomed the Trinity project and we are now in a very bad place.

    This is made worse by the fact that those in county government have refused to be honest with us and have not told us of one thing they have done to prepare themselves for this occurrence.

    That is not leadership.

  • New Mexico eyes high-speed rail expansion

    It seems like New Mexico, Colorado and Texas are feeling big these days. And while we understand that Colorado and Texas are doing OK, we are really wondering how little old us is sharing in that wealth.

    See, the three states are applying for federal funds to study the viability of a high-speed rail system in the hopes of putting new life into passenger railroads in the Intermountain West.

    While that may be a good idea, how do we benefit from what is going to be a huge price tag. We are struggling to pay for the glorious RailRunner now.

  • BUT I DIGRESS...Holy Hatchechubbee, Batman!

    By John Pawlak

    Having been in Blue Ball, my wife and I soon found ourselves passing through Intercourse. Naturally, we ended up in Paradise. Okay, if you've ever visited Amish country in Pennsylvania, you know that those are towns in the area. Much like when we found ourselves driving through Dog Face, California, we've always been amused at the amusing and often questionable names given to towns around the country. By the way, Hatchechubbee is not Robin's exclamation for dicing up a fat man. It's a small town in Alabama (population 564).