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Today's Opinions

  • Not so merry-go-round

    Razor blades are safe.  They are safe to safely use and their safe safety has been proven safe for safe use.  Safety people are safely using safety razor safety blades safely.  
    With safe safety razors, we can safely enjoy safe productive safe lives safe safe safe safe.
    Wow. Razor blades really must be safe! Welcome to Marketing 501.  
    A common technique used in presentations; repetitive repetitive repetitive reinforcement to drive drive drive into your skull the belief that something is true.  Say it enough times and it must be true.  
    And so it was with the presentation given by the California-based consulting firm at the county council meeting April 7.  

  • Just A Wag 04-22-11

    Fire officials set to retire

    Although nothing has been formally announced, we hear that Los Alamos Fire Chief Doug Tucker and Assistant Fire Chief/Fire Marshal Mike Thompson are planning to retire some time this summer.
    Tucker has 17 years of service with LAFD and   25 years with the Phoenix Fire Department. Thompson has 19 years with LAFD.

    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.

  • Don’t forget past experiences

    How quickly we forget! Remember when Los Alamos was evacuated because of fire danger? Traffic ran rather smoothly to get us off the main hill area.
    Please don’t tell me that a two-lane Trinity Drive with one to five roundabouts is going to ease traffic during our morning, noon and evening rushes or when evacuating for another unexpected event.
    With Central Avenue now a congested area — enough is enough.

    Maxine Joppa
    Los Alamos

  • Give us four lane road

    Anthony Amsden expressed himself very well in his letter in the Los Alamos Monitor on April 17, in which he said, “Leave Trinity at 4 Lanes.”  I have watched Anthony over the years, and recognize that he is a brilliant scientist.  The Transportation Board should pay careful attention to his reasoning.

  • Plea to the council

    Let me get this straight. The county is all about supporting small businesses in Los Alamos. They want this grand municipal building to attract people to live in Los Alamos.
    So, they want Los Alamos to grow, right?  They are developing Trinity Site to attract more businesses so people won’t have to shop off the hill, right? They want to redo Trinity so it’s more pleasing to the eye. They want to reduce it to two lanes with roundabouts.
    First of all, it is a business loop for a state highway. Second, it is a main artery through town providing access to businesses. Central already gets backed up since the “reconstruction” was done to make it look “nice.”  

  • The language of deficit reduction

    A couple of weeks ago, after Wisconsin Republican Congressman Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, unveiled the GOP’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2012, New Mexico’s 3rd District Democratic Congressman Ben Ray Lujan took to the House floor with some thoughts on Ryan’s offering.
    To characterize Ryan’s budget plan as controversial is to understate the case. Still, even some of the staunchest critics--in Congress, in the media and beyond—have deigned to tip their hats to the Budget Committee chairman for his ambitious, if unrelentingly doctrinaire, approach to whittling federal spending by $4 trillion over the next ten years.

  • Martinez gets mixed grades

    Gov. Susana Martinez entered a room packed with Navajo leaders from New Mexico, her first such meeting.
    As each person spoke about needs, the governor took notes. She listened, she was gracious, and her visitors left feeling they were heard.
    I give the new governor an A for finessing the meeting alone, with no underling to take notes. Imagine her male predecessors doing that!
    Martinez has gotten through her first 100 days with a few wins, a few losses and a few questionable decisions.
    Her report card would include most of the letters, plus “needs improvement.”
    Let’s begin with the A’s. While Martinez wasn’t a commanding presence during her first legislative session, her message certainly was.

  • The glue that binds us

    We are a society of laws. We have to be. Our laws provide the glue holding us together. Laws are just the beginning. The institutions of society are the rest.
    By institutions I mean enforcement of the laws, respect for the central place of private property, effective education and a working health care system.
    On the latter, I spent time recently with my mother completing an 82-page admissions document required by the facility where she is receiving care. The waste in this document boggles the mind.
    My topics today, however, are laws that work with leavening from the delightfully named “stupid factor.”
    Abandoned mines offer continuing application of the stupid factor, especially when young men and alcohol are around.