Today's Opinions

  • Taking melodramatic media to task

    In Japan’s recent devastating earthquake and tsunami, the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant structures remarkably survived the 9.0 quake intact, but suffered major damage when the tsunami destroyed external electrical transmission.
    It also topped the seawall and inundated the backup diesel generators that power pumps for cooling water to the cores and adjacent spent fuel storage pools.
    It is a severe loss of coolant event. The frantic reporting is reminiscent of Three Mile Island – inflated and misinterpreted.
    It is hard to separate the facts from the assertions and the media are not helping, but with each passing day more information relevant to the outcome emerges and the hand wringing of previous days lessens.

  • It really does take a village

     My Labrador Coalby and I just got certified as a FEMA Urban Disaster K9 team. We are now deployable anywhere to respond to urban disasters (i.e. what Japan is going through right now.)  
    We could not have accomplished this without the support of several community members and establishments.  
    Thank you to Ed, Michelle and Conrad (Lee) at the Black Hole, Paul Parker, Aspen School Principal Kathryn Vandenkieboom and her staff, my K9 wilderness team Mountain Canine Corps (especially Trish Mylet.)
    Also, the 2009 Los Alamos Leadership class that helped us get off on the right paw, Lette Birn, and Ridgeview Veterinary Hospital.  

  • Texting around POTUS is risking business at best

    Saturday, March 19 at 11:49 EDT, MSNBC was broadcasting live in anticipation of President Obama’s joint appearance in Brasilia with President Dilma Rousseff.
    On a split screen, a camera focused on the doors through which the two presidents would proceed to the dais.  There were staff and Secret Service agents in and out of the antechamber. There was a female agent in view, and then a male agent appeared, carrying a cell phone.  While the first agent kept watch, the other texted continuously for one and one-half minutes, occasionally looking up from his phone.

  • Use less oil and we are less vulnerable

    Our own Sen. Jeff Bingaman has been drawing accolades for his speech before the senate March 17 on gasoline and oil prices.  
    Among many who reviewed his speech, David Roberts of grist.com called his speech “a beam of light ..., which didn’t get the attention it deserved.
    Bingaman is not normally a talky guy. Nor is he given to grand political gestures. He’s cautious by temperament (to a fault, I’d argue).
    Despite his reticence, though, he is among the very few senators who actually understand energy.”

  • Casa Mesita donates to 11 nonprofits

    We would like the public to know that Casa Mesita Group Home received their usual monthly allocation from Casa Mesita Trift Shop while they were closed in 2009. That amount was 30 percent less June 2010 to January 2011.
    Since January 2011, we have been helping to support LA Cares, Family Strengths Network, Veterans Memorial Fund, RSVP Quilters, LARSO Day Out Program, Sage Cottage, LAHS Friday Lunch Program, Salvation Army, Special Olympics, Search & Rescue and LA Group Home Inc.
    Good items that do not sell in a reasonable amount of time are re-cycled to several organizations. Volunteers receive in-store credit for the hours that they work. They all pay for items above their credit earned.

  • Reviewing is not research

    It would be interesting to see what “safety statistics” the Transportation Board reviewed and who the “representatives of the community” they reviewed were, as stated by D.D. Martin in the Los Alamos Monitor.
    Reviewing is not research as implied; and I thought the community’s only true representatives were the councilors. The board’s initial 7-0 vote against roundabouts should have told them how the community at large would receive them.

  • Finally putting our money where our mouths are

    On Sept. 11, 2001, some radical Islamists stole airplanes with which to attack the U.S.  The overwhelming majority of these murderers were Saudi Arabians and had been educated in the intolerant version of Sunni Islam, called Wahhabi Islam, in the government schools and mosques of Saudi Arabia.
    These inspired Saudis felt that attacking the U.S., or for that matter Shia Islam or any other belief system, was doing Allah’s work. Apparently none had a connection with Saddam Husein or Iraq.
    We couldn’t invade Saudi Arabia because we needed their oil.  Therefore, we invaded Iraq, against the wishes of the U.N. and most of our allies.  

  • The nature of political ambition

    Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and his gang of senate GOPers are at it again.
    This time they’ve told President Obama that his choice for a new Secretary of Commerce won’t be confirmed until the president submits proposed free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama for Senate confirmation.
    The Obama administration is holding back those agreements pending negotiations with Colombia and Panama on related issues.
    But McConnell, et. al, have their own agenda and are now embarked upon another of their tantrums by threatening to leave the Department of Commerce leaderless unless they get their way.
    It’s as mindless as it is irresponsible.