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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • A plan that would erase the deficit and quickly

    I see in the paper that the state is in financial trouble. The reason for this is failure to carry the global economy to its logical conclusion.
     In 1994, Congress approved NAFTA and President Bill Clinton signed the bill. In 2000, Congress approved Most Favored Nation status for China, and Clinton signed it.This was followed by a rush of jobs to China and Mexico, manufacturing jobs that formerly employed American production workers.
     But then progress stopped. Only the workers in the private sector were called upon to achieve the economies promised by the global economy. No government workers were included.

  • English only please

    Have you noticed how the same old divisive legislative proposals invariably get new leases on life when a fresh batch of right-leaning politicos gets elected to Congress?
    For example, it’s a safe bet that somewhere along the line, there’ll be a hue and cry to cut federal funding for public broadcasting.
    It’s equally predictable there’ll be renewed zeal for so-called “English only” legislation designed to make English the official language of these United States. This one has legs and comes back to haunt political season after political season.
    And, sure enough, it is upon us anew, thanks in part to the large cadre of Republican Tea Partiers who were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives last November.

  • Efficiency in regulations

    A lack of sturdy regulation is a large, worsening problem for the nation’s economy in all its aspects. Today’s essay outlines sorely needed advances of large scope. Ensuing columns will amplify key features. Judge the whole.
    Dept. of Regulatory Science & Technology Tools move us faster than slogans. A painting can show new ways of seeing things, unless we stand too near it. It works the same with regulation.
    Camps of competing interests exchange infamies over the need for regulation. Industry decries the strictness of regulations. Camps berate the enforcement of regulations.  
    The efficiency of regulation gets the least attention, yet is vital to the most interests.