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Today's Opinions

  • Buzz needs to start somewhere

    Creating excitement — or “buzz” in marketing lingo — about products or services is a matter of survival in a competitive market — especially when most consumers are spending only on essentials until the economy shows signs of recovery and stability.

    Buzz describes the positive word-of-mouth marketing or hype among consumers that often precedes the release of a much-anticipated product. Real-time, portable communications technology facilitates the building of buzz by allowing rapid exchanges of information among large numbers of people.

  • Compare our property tax rates with Santa Fe

    Dear Editor,

    You can find data on the latest property tax rates at www.tax.state.nm.us/pubs/TaxreseStat/losalamos07.pdf for Los Alamos and Santa Fe. You will note that municipal rates in Santa Fe are 1.026 mills (residential) and 1.945 (non-residential). In Los Alamos the municipal rates are 3.315 mills (residential) and 4.246 (non-residential). In other words Los Alamos municipal property tax rates are nearly triple the same rates in Santa Fe!

  • A chance to get Trinity right

    Dear Editor,

    I urge all citizens to consider the future of Trinity Drive, a major artery through our town whose function and use is currently being assessed. I wish to offer my thanks to the citizens’ committee, LA Walks and to the County of Los Alamos Traffic Engineering staff for hosting the two recent forums considering the future of Trinity Drive. I found them quite informative and I was pleased to see that over 100 citizens of Los Alamos County attended the last forum.

  • Elegy for Grothus

    Dear Editor,

    Ed is gone and the joke’s on us; the penultimate black hole is the lab.

    Kay Harper

    Los Alamos

  • "Tree of Life" Theme of PEEC's Earth Day 2009

    For the 10th consecutive year, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is organizing the Earth Day celebration in Los Alamos.

    The theme of this year's event is “Tree of Life,” in recognition of the bicentennial of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary (sesquicentennial) of the publication of his most famous book “On the Origin of Species.”

  • Civility lacking

    Longtime bicyclist Steven Booth had a concern and while local officials were willing to listen, there was little they could do.

    Booth told county officials that it is very dangerous to ride a bike here. Drivers cut cyclists off or just can’t see those folks on the human-powered vehicles.

    He said it is so bad that he is going to stop riding to work here.

    While education may be a part of the problem, it may go deeper than that. There seems to be a lack of courtesy that goes beyond just a bicyclist.

  • Progress often taken by small steps

    This may seem like an odd place to write about sports, but we have done so before and this subject is worth hammering home.

    Whether or not you are a big basketball fan, March is certainly a time when that sport hits its high note in the college ranks.

    If you have any feeling for the game, you have been watching the teams slug it out in some great exhibitions of talent and hard work.

    But if you are like many viewers, you may have missed the best basketball being played – the women’s bracket.

  • Honda hopes for historic hybrid

    Remember gasoline prices last Fourth of July?

    Those were the days household budgets collided with gasoline prices that were over $4 per gallon.

    Even us geologists – who are sometimes quietly glad to see high energy and metals prices because our jobs depend on them – whimpered loudly when we pulled into the pumps. I can quite clearly recollect the first time I put more than $125 of gas into my beloved 1987 pickup. Ouch!