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Today's Opinions

  • But I Digress: At Least We're Better Than Bhutan

    Back in 2003 and 2004, the United States shipped a little spending cash over to the Iraqi government to help “stimulate the economy.” Our C-130 transport planes carried over 360 tons of $100 bills.

    Yeah, you read that correctly ... hundreds of pallets containing over $10 billion thrown at a problem simply because the military said it was necessary to fight their war on terror. Billions of dollars with absolutely no accountability, no insight, no foresight, and no oversight.

  • Help PEEC honor Earth Day

    This week, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center has been busy helping us all recognize Earth  Day.

    And this weekend, the event winds up with a great show and dinner.

    From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, PEEC will host an Earth Day Festival at their location at 3540 Orange St.

    There will be entertainment, food, a farmers’ market, orienteering and displays of Earth-friendly products and practices.

    You will meet at the high school and take the free Atomic City Transit shuttle to the event. Another Earth-friendly aspect of the day.

  • Even Cancer Survivors Forget Life is Precious

    We all know by now that cancer survivors don’t always show their true emotions, and I’m no better than any other.

    But its Cancer-versary time again and to say I’ve been down of late would be an understatement. But something I heard the other day gave me the sudden jolt I needed to kick myself in the butt!

  • Beware of exuberant optimism

    Dear Editor,

    A long eight years ago, in Washington, D.C., notice was taken of a budget surplus that had arisen. The surplus was quickly eliminated by giving tax cuts to people who didn’t need them. We then launched two wars, one right and one wrong but both expensive, so that we reestablished the usual deficit.

  • A big piece of the past is gone

    Dear Editor,

    In 1949 a group of very courageous people, believing in the future and a future that they hoped would long outlive them, built a town in probably the worst possible location for any town. It took them 20 years to do it, but they left a legacy and a heritage to be cherished and added upon. Now, we celebrate 60 years of Los Alamos and I find it strange indeed that we do so not by adding to the legacy but by policies and devices that would destroy it and remake it to be something wholly different and unrecognizable from what was created.

  • RUMINATIONS:The Number One Disease of Dogs and Cats

    The most common disease that will afflict almost every one of our pets is dental disease. Fortunately, it is one of the most preventable.

    The many forms of the disease lead to infections and/or inflammation in the mouth which cause pain and can lead to problems in other organ systems such as the liver and kidney.  

    Since kidney failure is one of the leading causes of death in cats, anything that will minimize the progression of kidney damage in our feline friends will add considerable time and quality to their lives.

  • Katko deserves support

    Katko deserves support

    Dear Editor,

    Removing Mountain Principal Mike Katko is outrageous. He is dedicated, loves his job and the students and only wants what is best for them.

    When are we going to remove politics and pettiness from our schools and replace it with care and concern for the students.

    The people trying to remove him should be ashamed.

    Mary Diecker

    Los Alamos

  • Bicycle safety demands attention

    Bicycle safety demands attention

    Dear Editor,

    In reference to the recent article on bicycle safety concerns, I would like to offer my solution.  More citizens are thinking green by riding bikes and motorcycles.

    As an instructor of the AARP Driver’s Safety Program, I make drivers aware of how to approach cyclists. But, I also advocate that the cyclists need to be more responsible for being seen.