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Today's Opinions

  • A golden age is within our reach

    Recent progress in technology has put an ideal future well within the reach of mankind.

    That is, if we can find the will and intelligence to properly accelerate and deploy these newly developed capabilities.

    The technologies involved include (but are not limited to) Nanotech, Biotech, Infotech, and one you will be hearing more about, Cogtech. We now have an unprecedented command of nature and natural resources.

    What then prevents us from moving into the utopia this should imply?

  • Let’s use our heads about Trinity

    Dear Editor,

    Route 502 is a state highway, upgraded to feed the lab, not the town! Two lanes each way divide at the Y into lanes dumping into LA or exiting from LA at 50mph. During rush-hour almost all of these bumper-to-bumper cars are going to or from the lab - somewhere besides the LA townsite.

    So, the main (90-plus percent?) users of 502 during these periods are not local residents.

  • Where do cancer patients go after treatment?

    This sounds like fun, doesn’t it? Standing on a golden beach, the sun beating down, crowds cheering, as you waddle your way under a flexing pole.

    I bet you’re thinking that’s the celebration of finishing cancer treatment. Unfortunately, you’d be wrong.

    Limbo is not so much what you do, as where you go.

    For months you’ve been coddled and cooed over by doctors and nurses, attentively listening to your every ache and pain, on standby 24 hours a day in case of that dreaded 101.5-degree fever.

  • Please, no roundabouts

    Dear Editor,

    Is the county’s current scheme for Trinity Drive a solution without a problem?  What is the “problem?”

    Is it lack of “prettiness” in the commercial area from Oppenheimer eastward? Is it excessive speed? Is it an unsafe intersection? Is it poor business access along Trinity? Is it improved ease of shopping for off-the-hill commuters? Or is it a failure to meet the definition of a “complete street?”

  • Look before you decide on Trinity

    Dear Editor,

     It didn’t take long for the community discussion concerning improvements to Trinity to devolve into two lanes vs. four lanes and stoplights vs. roundabouts. Unfortunately, these two lines of discussion miss the important points all together.

    The world is changing in fundamental ways we will probably not realize for years to come. It’s important to re-design Trinity to meet the needs it will serve over the next 20-30 years rather than the last 50.

  • Volunteer to help our community

    Dear Editor,

    Los Alamos is endowed with many talented individuals who devote their time and energy to numerous local nonprofit organizations volunteering as board members, committee chairs and most importantly, as  “workers” who give innumerable hours to make events happen. 

  • FRIED LIGHT: What’s in a name?

    My father was a cropduster, kind of a barnstorming migrant occupation, so we moved from town to town, according to the season and where the bugs were.

     

    Sometimes I went to two or three different schools during the year. My least favorite moment was when the teacher said something like, “Kids, we have a new student. His name is Roger Snodgrass.”

     

    I think there were few times when I didn’t hear at least a snigger and often many sniggers.

     

    It took awhile for me to accept my name.

     

  • Monitor has become a useless newspaper

    Dear Editor,

     A “story” in your March 25, 2009, edition stated, “Rumors were running rampant this morning” about the fate of the Mountain Elementary School principal.