Today's Opinions

  • Why the basics cost so much

    Why does it cost so much money to pay for the basics of a normal life, let alone a middle class lifestyle?
    The answer involves deadly dull numbers, a tiptoe through the tulips of political rationalization, and a date with inexorable financial destiny.
    Our tiptoe begins with the fact that today’s dollar does not buy what a dollar used to buy. This loss of buying power is called “inflation.”
    Inflation means that money stored in a bank, a CD or a treasury note loses buying power every day it does not earn enough interest to offset the loss due to inflation.
    Different things have different inflation rates. The price of beets goes up slower than the price of gold.

  • Save money for important needs

    I have lived in Los Alamos for 50 years. Until recently, I hadn’t realized all the problems I was having on Trinity Drive.
    The worst safety problem is the blinding sun at sunrise and sunset, which I doubt that the “improvements” will cure.
    Have the computer models included the impact on Canyon Road?
    Let us save our money for a real need.

    Lawry W. Mann
    Los Alamos

  • Let’s keep the news local

    I want to thank you for the April 27 edition of the Los Alamos Monitor! I subscribe to the Monitor for the local news, and the April 27 edition had only local news, events and stories with the exception of one story about Tiger Woods.
    I can get state, national, regional and world news and events everywhere from my web browser to newspapers and 24/7 newscasts. There are only two places I can get Los Alamos community news, stories and events — our own Monitor and KRSN radio.

  • Clearing up fuzzy math

    As a math teacher, it always upsets me when I meet people who can’t add fractions. But people who can’t add whole numbers or count past 10 are even more frustrating.  
    In a letter to the editor, Dave Collins said that I miscounted the “roundabout” words on the SIDRA software overview page (and in fact accused me of purposely exaggerating the number.)  I wrote that the word appeared 69 times and Dave “corrected” me, saying that he could only count nine occurrences of the word.

  • A time to celebrate

    Just arriving in D.C. from New Mexico at about 10:30 p.m., I almost missed the announcement that bin Laden was dead. 

  • Two major issues overlooked

    It was a pleasure to see the reasoned letter by Dave Collins and the Viewpoint column by Chick Keller on the issues of roundabouts and narrowing Trinity Drive to two lanes.
    Unfortunately, none of the commentary has addressed the most significant two issues of two-lane vs. four-lane thoroughfares, namely: Without double lanes, how am I going to pass the overcautious, doddering old (%&@$#) driver ahead of me and how am I going to be able to get out of the way of the reckless young (%&@$#) fool racing up behind me?

    Terry Goldman
    Los Alamos


  • Changes don't add up

     I applaud the council for its efforts to make Los Alamos a better place to live, however I am not convinced that the proposed roundabouts on Trinity Drive is a positive step in that direction.  
    There has been a lot of discussion on the roundabouts. If I understand correctly, one of the reasons for this proposed change is to beautify the area.
     I am not sure why we are attempting to beautify the streets with landscaped roundabouts while at the same time we choose to leave the eye sore buildings on both sides of Trinity standing.  
    If you want beauty ... we need to look at surrounding buildings not the asphalt.

    Zena Thomas
    Los Alamos

  • Shameful situation devalues teaching profession

    There is a growing national trend of de-valuing the teaching profession that has finally, and unfortunately reared its ugly head in Los Alamos.  
    Having read the story about the April 21 school board meeting in the April 22 Los Alamos Monitor, I can no longer remain silent.  
    I am writing as a parent, special education teacher and former instructional assistant. It is simply unconscionable to assume that because a position with the school district has been vacated that there is an “opportunity” to replace teachers and librarians with instructional assistants.