Today's Opinions

  • Renewed hope for the Caldera

    For all who hope one day to more completely enjoy the stunning landscape that is the Valles Caldera, there is renewed hope.  Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall have reintroduced Senate Bill 564,  “Valles Caldera National Preserve Management Act,” which would transfer management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VCNP) to the National Park Service (NPS).  

  • Attack on school teachers is wrong

    Surely the Los Alamos Monitor can make better use of the limited space on its editorial page than by publishing (March 30) Jeffry Gardner’s poorly written and rambling diatribe.
    What a delight this would make for an English teacher who wants to share with her students an example of truly abysmal writing.
    Apparently Mr. Gardner’s point is to encourage us to follow the rules. In his feeble attempt to make this argument, he chooses to attack public school teachers for causing the myriad problems he finds in American society.
    He attacks teachers for everything from failing to teach math and English to being narcissistic in their frustration with cuts to their salaries.

  • Alright, here we go again

    The news report spilled out like a cow chip throwing contest in my living room.  
    “A coalition of American and European forces launched a military campaign Saturday to drive Moammar Gadhafi from power, bombing Libyan targets by air and sea in the first phase of the largest international military effort since the Iraq war.”
    Coalition.  These days, that’s just another word for “Fight Club of the Week.”  

  • Knowing when a contractor's needed

    Do I need a contractor? Well, that depends. If you are a homeowner and want to work on your own home, you can perform that work under a Homeowner’s Permit. State law allows you to act as your own general contractor in this case by obtaining a homeowner’s permit. Under that permit you can do any general construction that you want by either performing the labor yourself or contracting out various aspects of your project.  

  • People are speaking up

    The residents of Los Alamos County made a clear statement that they are ready, willing and able to assist in the creation of a sustainable community.  
    The Town Hall held on March 5 had around 50 attendees that generated an array of innovative and actionable ideas.  While the coffee pot ran dry about half way through the event, the ideas kept flowing.

  • The value of a life is not something to ponder

    When we moved to Los Alamos, we were warned that Letters to the Editor in the local paper might include mathematical formulae, so I was not surprised but pleased by Ms. Max’s recent letter where she used mathematics to point out likely errors in the consultant’s presentation on the Trinity Drive project.
    As she indicates, the crash rate shown in the presentation comparing the state, county and N.M. 502 crash rates indeed pertain to crash rates per 100 million vehicle miles, not million vehicle miles, and I suspect that the N.M. 502 crash rate listed applies either to the portion of NM 502 within Los Alamos County, or possibly even its whole length from Pojoaque. I agree that this should be corrected in any future presentation.

  • Dollar saved can be yours

    Those of us who have been around the block a few times will remember the last time gasoline hit $4 per gallon a new industry sprang up.
    Drivers could buy magnets to attach to fuel lines to allegedly boost a car’s gas mileage by 20 or even 30 percent.
    The devices didn’t work, but the brisk market for them reflected the pain we were feeling at the pump.
    The Rock Doc confidently predicts the current spike in gas prices will lead to yet another round of activity by the charlatans we saw last time.

  • 10 items or less and other public education failures

    You’re standing in the grocery store “10 items or less” line and the person in front of you clearly has more than 10 items in his or her basket. Do you:
    •Mumble under your breath about the injustice of it all?
    • Love them unconditionally?
    •Think, “What the *@##! They’ve got 21 items in their basket. Can’t they count?” and recognize that our public school systems are responsible for dumbing down our math skills?
    •Feel guilty about placing the blame on math teachers and realize the problem is the failure of reading teachers?
    •Set your basket down and leave?