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Today's Opinions

  • Staff report was unsportsmanlike

    Who is the mysterious “Monitor Staff” who composed the mean-spirited article on high school soccer published on Sept. 25, 2009? Why didn’t the article have a named byline so I know to whom I should directly complain?

  • Vives treated unfairly

    When did the Los Alamos Enquirer take over at the Los Alamos Monitor? Five days in a row? Top headline? Not even a local murder trial or killer DWI story gets these kind of headlines! In the interest of full disclosure, I am a proud member of the Los Alamos Community Winds, directed by Dr. Ted Vives for the last 10 years in our community. By the way, you missed a great concert at the Smith Auditorium Friday night. I consider that the reporting seemed quite one sided, an example of which was the tendency to quote some witnesses for one party and not the other.

  • On the water front

    Re: “Contamination shows up in regional aquifer” (Monitor, Sept. 27, 2009). The contrast is striking between Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Danny Katzman, water stewardship program manager, James Bearzi, chief of the Environment Department’s Hazardous Waste Bureau and registered geologist and citizen watchdog Robert Gilkeson.

  • Discussing health care in a normal voice

    Civil discussions of healthcare reform are possible. I heard one just last week when three panelists took up the subject before a business group.

    Jim Hinton, CEO of Presbyterian Healthcare Services, set the tone: “There are no villains in this debate.”

    Daniel Derksen, a professor in UNM’s Family and Community Medicine Department and president of the New Mexico Medical Society, said healthcare reform is too important to be a partisan debate.

  • Congress isn't designed to top the polls

    At this very minute, hundreds of men and women, working for scores of pollsters, are on the phone pressing whomever is at the other end of the line to reveal his or her opinions about heaven knows what.

    Almost everyone has received calls of this sort, and many of us hang up when we realize what they’re about.

    Granted, polls can be informative, but the questions they pursue are often as predictable as they are banal.

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  • Don't let it happen to you

    September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month and this is deadly serious – no pun intended. We all have a responsibility to turn this disease from the “Silent Killer” that it is, into a “Known Threat.”

    Do you think that ovarian cancer only strikes women older than 60? Especially those who are childless? So did I three years ago. But the fact remains that while the median age for this disease is 63, some 32 percentof women younger than 55, many pre-menopausal, will succumb to the disease.

  • A fluther of jellyfish

    Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Super ... oh, umm, never mind.

    It’s just a murmuration of starlings! Or maybe it’s an exaltation of larks? It could be a convocation of eagles.

    I’m fairly well versed in superherology, but I was never very good at ornithology.

    A venue of vultures? A mustering of storks? An ostentation of peacocks?  So what’s with all the strange names?