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Today's Opinions

  • Favorite day for politicians

    On April 3, Google’s main search page commemorated the 119th anniversary of the first documented ice cream sundae.  
    Every day commemorates something, but few things are as important as that famous misspelled confection.  
    However, I’d like to take some time discussing lesser known (and equally important) events.
    If you’re from New England, or know some fanatic from New England (but aren’t they all?) then you probably know that April 18 (third Monday in April) is “Patriots’ Day.”  Observed in Massachusetts and Maine, it commemorates the Battle of Lexington and Concord.  

  • Pandering to the camera

    More than a generation ago, inventive people with an entrepreneurial spirit, guts, and creativity developed a new kind of medium called listener-sponsored radio.
    It was supported initially by donations from listeners, who liked the eclectic programming. It was a labor of love and nobody got paid much.
    Eventually someone figured out that this was a public service and government could help fund it.
    Over time, it was transformed to the highly professional operation of today, with — surprise — executive salaries.

  • Open letter to the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future

    The Los Alamos Education Group (LAEG) strongly supports advanced nuclear power development and encourages the commission’s consideration of southern New Mexico’s unique qualifications.
    Enthusiastic communities already have welcomed the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), the private sector National Enrichment Facility (NEF) and seek additional technical activity in support of nuclear energy.  

  • Make English official

    Hal Rhodes from NM News Services Editorial piece in the April 61 Los Alamos Monitor “English Only Please” was a disappointing example of the misunderstanding many have of the official English movement.
    More than 90 percent (177) of the world’s nations have enacted an official language. English is the most common official language on Earth.
    The universal language of science, commerce and industry is English.  Air traffic control the world over is conducted in English.  
    In order to facilitate unambiguous communication in engineering, protocols are adopted.  Adopting English as our official language helps make our government more efficient and is effectively simply a protocol.

  • Challenge to school board

    As a primary care provider at a school based health clinic, I was pleased to see Dr. Csanadi’s contribution to Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor.
    It is true that the pre-participation physical provides an important opportunity to not only assess the physical condition of students but to assess risk for health related concerns specific to teens.
    I would like to take this opportunity to point out that Los Alamos School District actually adds to the obstacles teens experience in accessing health care by requiring a medical doctor’s signature on all sports physicals.  
    Primary providers include Physician Assistants (PA), Doctors of Osteopathy (DO), and Nurse Practitioners (CNP).  

  • Finding the balance is vital

    In these days of division and polarization much is made of “balance”  in reporting and governance.
    Friday’s coverage of MIG’s presentation to the Transportation Board covered well the explanation of the two lane “preferred alternative” for the redoing of 502.
    It noted the large attendance (rare at a board meeting) but did not note that many present seemed to desire  a four lane alternative! As one who attended, I was struck by the notion of “balance” that MIG presented  in its shaping of its work, it said it considered all stakeholders equal as a “balanced” approach.

  • Charter patriotism is being questioned

    A fundamental principle on which America is founded is the principle of “one man – one vote,” with “one man” now interpreted to mean one adult person. Yet this is not the case for election of county councilors. Instead, the Los Alamos County Charter allows each voter as many votes as there are open councilor positions.

  • Golden chance to change N.M. 502

    At the Transportation Board meeting, held on Thursday evening, we have learned that we have, in our laps, a golden opportunity.
    The design presentation by the consulting firms MIG and CDM proposes not only to clean up an ugly county problem, but to move to a traffic corridor which is far safer to both motorists and pedestrians, while adding bicyclists, and would result in slower speeds along the corridor while not affecting the transit time from one end to the other.
    The transition from signalized intersections to roundabouts has been a movement throughout the modern world with documented actual safety and traffic flow figures.