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Today's Opinions

  • Why the step backwards?

    There was a ceremony Tuesday afternoon to honor retired Sen. Pete Domenici.

    The event was the dedication and naming of three buildings at the center of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The only problem was that no one was allowed to attend outside of the laboratory, which is too bad and something we don’t understand.

    Domenici was on hand to receive the plaudits of laboratory leaders and staff, which is well and good. But the general public should have had some avenue to attend.

  • Trinity Drive open for discussion

    Dear Editor,

    In response to the March 19 letter to the editor titled “Trinity Drive: 2 lanes or 4?” I would like to clarify some misstatements. The letter intimated that county Sstaff was finishing up a plan to change Trinity Drive from a four-lane to a two-lane road. That is simply not the case.

  • There are reasons for wait

    Dear Editor,

    As a pharmacist in Los Alamos, I would like to respond to the letter from Sig Gerstl.  Yes, there may not have been a line at the drop off window at either pharmacy you visited, but here is a “look” behind the counter.

  • Expanding bike lane system

    Since Daylight Saving Time and spring are upon us, it is timely to review some principles of bicycle operation with respect to our new and growing system of bike lanes.

    Currently, much of Central Avenue and Diamond Drive, as well as N. and S. San Ildefonso have bike lanes. More of these lanes are in the works, as the remaining two phases of Diamond Drive construction resulting in the entire length of this arterial having bike lanes. 

  • Trinity Drive may need fixing

    Dear Editor,

    If Victor Gavron (“Road is not broken,” Tuesday, March 12) attended the meeting he talks about, he must have been interested to observe that the vast majority of the roughly 80 attendees indicated by their votes that they think Trinity is indeed broken and needs fixing.

  • We need nuclear power

    Dear Editor,

    Kudos to you for reprinting the Trever editorial cartoon in Wednesday’s Monitor!

    Trever cleverly exposed the hypocrisy of President Obama claiming to take politics out of science by lifting the ban on embryonic stem cell research and at the same time stopping funding for the Yucca Mountain nuclear power plant waste disposal site. The nuclear power option must be maintained to combat global warming!

    Morris B. Pongratz

    Los Alamos

  • Ready for bartering?

    Dear Editor,

    When street thugs, as well as robber-barons (in the state-sponsored bailed-out banking industry and in state-sponsored bailed-out moneyfacturing enterprises, and yes, I do mean “moneyfacturing”) usurp and hoard ill-gotten and obscene treasures– the obvious remedy is to devaluate their dollars (and ours) to zero.

  • A new way of making supper

    I take a personal interest in pickup trucks that can shut down half their cylinders to get better gas mileage when conditions permit. And I’ve studied the mechanics of hybrid cars that save braking energy to help power your vehicle a bit later in your journey.

    Efficiency fascinates me.

    But the efficiency of engines, as important as it is, pales in global significance to the basic efficiency of one piece of the living world.