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Today's Opinions

  • Mixed agendas drive county government

    What motivates the actions and decisions of our county council?
    Councils change every two years.  I served on four and worked with six others.  
    Interactions among any seven people will be different.  But common themes run through most councils.
    The first and official motivation, of course, is the best interest of the citizens the council represents and serves.  
    There will be legitimate and healthy differences of opinion over what that best interest is.  
    Elected legislators everywhere are frequently torn between doing what their constituents want (representation) and what they think best (leadership).   

  • Just A Wag 08-26-11

    White Rock is abuzz

    We hear that a certain local businessman and his partners are about to launch a co-work space venture in White Rock near Metzger’s.

    Send us your wags

    “Just a wag” features initial snippets of news heard around town.  The wags may grow to larger stories or simply remain snippets, either way this is meant to spark interest and provide food for thought.
    E-mail wags to lanews@lamonitor.com.

  • That's entertainment!

    Whatever happened to good comedy, or drama, or mystery?  
    Did all the talented script writers have their jobs outsourced to sheep herders living in a yurt out in the Russian tundra?  
    A cursory glance at television schedules today can serve you well if you happen to need a colonoscopy test prep.
    First of all, let’s admit that we all love useless contraptions.  
    You know, like that USB-enabled combination shower head coffee filter you got for Christmas?  
    Or that solar powered meat thermometer.  And what about all the attention from women we now get ever since we started spray painting our heads with Ronco’s bald spot remover?

  • Seven quick comments

    • What is behind this dreadful traffic-circle idea? Leave Trinity Drive alone.
    •The new pavements on the truck route and parts of Rover Boulevard are beautifully done: such skill and care!
    •Again, we thank the folks in the Los Alamos Fire Department, the Los Alamos Police Department and all who serve and protect.
    •The dog-poo-cleanup stations on walking paths in Pajarito Acres are really appreciated: thanks much.
    • The wonderful, huge “gear collage” attached to the new Transfer (eco) Building is terrific: it moves, too.
    •The flower baskets on Central Avenue are really lovely: the trees are too dry.
    •Please reread #1.

    Jody Shepard
    Los Alamos

  • Let's stop going around in circles

    While attending a local function, I noticed quite a number of people gathered around wanting to sign a petition. I was pleased for the opportunity to participate myself, when I heard it was in opposition to the proposed “Traffic Circles/Roundabouts” on Trinity Drive.
    I personally did not hear anyone coming forward with praise for their excellent past experiences with traffic circles. At that function and since however, I have heard and read numerous astute insights into why “If It Ain’t Broke Don’t Fix It” illustrated.
    I then began thinking back myself to when I grew up in southern California and found myself and my car pool buddy commuting from the South Bay Area to Long Beach State College.

  • Some folks always seem to land on their feet

    Is the media piling on Jerome Block, Jr. and the Public Regulation Commission? That’s what PRC commissioner Ben Hall says. He notes that in America people are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
    Granted, a day seldom goes by without a new charge against Block making headlines. First I will note that all media are very careful to use words like alleged, charged and faces when talking about accused lawbreakers. It allows company lawyers to sleep better at night.
    There has been one recent exception. For a brief period between jobs, former state public safety chief Darren White was the crime reporter for an Albuquerque television channel.

  • Getting involved matters

    Professionals sometimes make a critical mistake in their careers: they neglect to join their industry associations.
    After investing time and money in a university education or training program, they disregard the value of continued education, advocacy and other assistance that associations provide.
    With so much at stake in these difficult times, why would anyone want to go it alone?
    Associations were created by people who saw the need for banding together to fight for common values and interests affecting their industry.
    While this is still the primary reason most people join, modern associations provide much more than they did in their early days.
    Advocacy. For some, this is the most important service an association provides.

  • Earth's fragile surface

    My friend Sharon Rogers lives in suburban Virginia.
    On Tuesday she and her husband were leaving their house to go to a late lunch when she felt something like thunder sweeping over the neighborhood.
    “I thought it was a military jet going over too low,” she told me on the telephone. “I said to myself, ‘It’s another damn general being buried in Arlington.’”
     It was no jet, but a Richter 5.9 earthquake that struck near Mineral, VA.
    Why, you may ask, should there have been an earthquake in what is supposed to be the seismically placid East Coast?
    Allow me to answer by way of an analogy.