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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • If it’s broke - don’t fix it

    When I was 12 years old, I contracted a nasty illness and was forced to stay in the house for nearly four weeks.  
    My mother was a soap opera addict and having little else to do, I found myself watching “As the World Turns.”  

  • Thank you for helping veterans

    The VFW Post 8874 and its Ladies Auxiliary, The Patriot Guard Riders, Paws Stripes, and the Española Blue Star Mothers visited the Albuquerque Veterans Hospital Feb. 13 as part of the Valentines for Vets Program.
    We distributed many amenities to our hospitalized veterans, which could not have been possible without the generous contributions of many in our collective communities.

  • War declared on labor unions

    Widows and orphans begging on the streets. Workers living in shabby company housing and owing more than their meager wages to company stores.
    Families freezing and starving in tenements. Workplace accidents killing thousands.
    Women dying in childbirth or from back alley abortions. The effluvia of mining, manufacturing and power generation carelessly dumped in rivers and forests and spewed into the air we breathe.
    These are the “good old days” to which many state and federal lawmakers and executives would have us return.

  • Parents can easily detect marijuana use inside cars

    The Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council would like to alert parents to some disturbing results from the latest PRIDE survey of Risk and Protective Factors for our students in grades 7 to 12.  
    The survey was funded by the planning council to help us assess the risk and protective factors that predict problem behaviors such as alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, poor school achievement and delinquency in the lives of young people.

  • Book demand is only partially predictable

    Inventory management is always the trickiest challenge for any business. You want to have enough of an item on hand to meet the demand, but you don’t want to have more on hand that is needed to meet the demand.  The problem is that demand is only partially predictable; you can, after some time, get a good sense of average demand and seasonal demand, but there will be times when there are unusual spikes and there you are with a customer wanting something you normally carry but you are out of stock. The only solution is to order the extra required to fill the spike.

  • This town needs a strong mayor

    So, the Charter Review Committee has deemed that the county and a strong mayor type government are not a good fit. We are after all a city/county government. What is wrong with having a strong mayor where there is a true separation of powers?
    What is wrong with having a mayor who makes decisions without having to pass everything before a seven-person council?
    If, as the Charter Review Committee deems, we might have a weak mayor, which would appear to look like a council with eight members.