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Today's Opinions

  • Kudos to the county council for hiring traffic consultants

    The following is a portion of my letter submitted to the Los Alamos County Council on Feb. 18: I applaud your decision to hire a traffic consultant to formulate a plan to redo Trinity/NM 502.  
    I attended several of the community meetings that consultant MIG held and feel that they captured the wishes of those who attended — A proposals.
    I am delighted that  the consultants have incorporated  safety concerns into their proposed “A” design.

  • Keep Trinity uncomfortable and unpleasant as possible

    I agree wholeheartedly with those who want to see Los Alamos as nothing more than a town to drive through quickly.
    Trinity Drive must remain ugly and dangerous. The safety of those who live south of Trinity must continue to be ignored. We need to promote more of that wonderful “Cerrillos Road” feeling.
    We must make dang sure that we don’t dare make Trinity an attractive road. We certainly don’t want to give bicyclists and other slow moving vehicles any room.

  • Spaceport champions are gone

    New Mexico’s spaceport was not conceived as an operation to take rich people into space.
    The Las Cruces community and New Mexico State University began working more than 20 years ago to create a commercial spaceport that would take advantage of the area’s many benefits.
    Those advantages included good weather, high elevation, clear airspace, a strong NMSU science department and the proximity to White Sands Missile Range.

  • Money Watch: Think twice before tapping retirement

    Before the housing crisis, it wasn’t uncommon for people to raid their home-equity piggybanks to pay off bills. Plummeting home values and tougher lending standards helped curb that practice, leading some people to engage in a far more disturbing habit: borrowing or withdrawing money from their retirement accounts to cope with financial hardship.
    There may be times when a loan or withdrawal from an IRA or 401(k) plan is your best or only option, but you should be aware of the possible impacts to your taxes and long-term savings objectives before raiding your nest egg.

  • Taking a simple approach

    During the recent weather crisis, when schools were shut to save energy, several school districts were stuck going ahead with school board and bond elections. The voter turnout was as low as you guessed it would be.
    It’s past time to change the way we run school elections in New Mexico. If we think systematically, perhaps we can solve several problems at once, increase voter participation, and save taxpayer money.  

  • NASA is working to clean up trash floating in space

    “Space trash” and “space junk” are terms for the man-made litter that is floating in space or otherwise stuck there.
    Much of it orbits Earth. We know the problem is real when we hear about the Orbital Debris Program Office of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at Johnson Space Center, Houston.

  • Speak before it is too late

    Some claim that roundabouts are much safer than current highway designs and push that we need them and bike lanes on Trinity Drive.
    I analyzed the traffic-load impact on the entire town, not just Trinity Drive, with regard to traffic redistribution and safety, if Trinity is changed from four to two lanes, using information I requested of and obtained from the Los Alamos County  traffic engineer and police department or drew from the CDM study.
    My analysis can be found at: www.swcp.com/~jmw-mcw/LATrafficSafety.htm.

  • Just A Wag 02-23-11

    The long awaited Robert J. Oppenheimer and Leslie Groves statues are set to be dedicated at Fuller Lodge during a special ceremony in May.

    Overheard in the Quark Room at Central Avenue Grill: Los Alamos has more ultramarathon athletes per capita  than any U.S. town. An ultramarathon is typically 50-100 miles long.