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Today's Opinions

  • Leave Trinity at 4 lanes

    Instead of being distracted by the statistics concerning the wonders of roundabouts, what we really need to focus on is the efficient flow of vehicular traffic. In the 56 years I have driven, walked, and bicycled in Los Alamos, I have observed Trinity Drive, Diamond Drive, and the bridge over Los Alamos Canyon grow from two lanes to three and then four. There was an overriding reason behind this expansion, which was to move an increasing volume of traffic through these principal arteries.

  • Sharing the wealth

    Last fall, after a dismal tourist season for Red River, film crews arrived to make “This Must Be the Place.” They filled hotels and restaurants and boosted gross receipts, which saved Red River, according to Rep. Bobby Gonzales.
    Well, maybe it didn’t save the town, but “it certainly helped,” says a local business woman, who supports the industry and the incentives that keep movie makers here. “It was a big influx of cash.”
    Going into the legislative session, film incentives loomed as an issue, but the governor and the industry were both making conciliatory noises, so it was surprising to see incentives become a lightning rod. Instead of rational discussion, we got emotional bombast.

  • Just A Wag 04-15-11

    Planning early for 4th

    We hear that the Los Alamos Kiwanis are planning the most extraordinary 4th of July celebration yet. Steve Boerigter is chair and said they’re expecting to dazzle the crowd with volunteer skydivers landing in formation along with the traditional air show.
    A new Harley Davidson Sportster will be raffled and Russ Gordon will provide great music.

    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.

  • U.S. is not responsible for the mess in Mexico

    Like most Americans, I don’t have any idea what the administration is doing in Libya.  As a faithful liberal said recently, “Who knows what he’s thinking about Qaddafi. I do know this: Barack Obama has launched more cruise missiles and ordered more air strikes than any Nobel Peace Prize winner in history.”
    It’s more than fair to say that this administration’s foreign policy is one big shambles, a giant pinball machine-like strategy with the United States caroming from one shiny bumper to another.
    There are apparently no bumpers for Mexico. More than 7,000 miles away from Tripoli but mucho closer to you and your family, Mexico is in chaos.

  • 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.