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Today's Opinions

  • Has climate change affected flowers?

    Many recent studies show that formerly southern birds, butterflies, etc., are moving north, and people are able to plant crops farther north. White Rock now is home to a southern desert-dwelling bird, the Curve-Billed Thrasher, and Southern White-Winged Doves have invaded even the town site. All these effects are presumably due to global warming.

  • Understanding the joint lease agreement

      On Oct. 6, the Los Alamos County Council announced that an agreement with the Los Alamos Public School District had been reached regarding lease of structures for the schools’ maintenance facilities at the county-owned Airport Basin Site (north of DeColores Restaurant on N.M. 502) and the lease of school-owned land to the county for future revenue from the redevelopment of the Trinity Site.

  • County's economic development strategy calls for discussion

    When they asked for an updated economic development strategy this week, Los Alamos County Council "opened up a whole box of Pandora's," as former New Mexico Governor Bruce King might have said,

  • A tale of two cities

    As I follow the outrageous rumors and disturbing behavior surrounding health care reform, I am reminded of an earlier health crisis in this country. The outbreak of the AIDS virus in the 1980s created similar behavior among those who listened to the fear-mongers exploiting the crisis to advance their political and ideological agendas.

  • A wise to the word

    Time flies like an arrow, but fruit flies like a banana. A play on words? A play about words? May I have a word with you about your play? It doesn’t matter if you hear what I say. It only matters if you hear that I said what you may or may not have heard. Understand? No? Good!

  • Who’s doing the work?

    We have become a nation that refuses to dirty its hands. We let people in other countries do our manufacturing. We use underpaid immigrants or rent people from other countries to do our manual labor.

    We did not learn the lesson of the Revolutionary War. Citizens who owned and worked their own land or produced the goods consumed in this country triumphed over an absentee ruling class.

  • Insufficient enrollment info.

    When will we be notified who are the various providers for Los Almos National Laboratory’s Blue Cross Blue Shield NM health plan in CY2010? The providers listed on their website are for CY2009 and several local providers have indicated they will not participate in LANL’s BCBS insurance plans in 2010.  This is essential information we need to have prior to completing open enrollment and BCBS seems to be intent on misleading us by refusing to publish the 2010 list of providers.

    Dave Thomson

    Los Alamos

  • Root out the political influence of money

    There was a time when I believed that the best way to curtail the impact of money flowing into our political system was to monitor it. Make sure that campaign contributions and lobbying expenditures were reported quickly and accurately, I reasoned, and journalists and the American public could determine for themselves what they could tolerate.