Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Taking the 30,000-foot point of view at projects

    Let’s eavesdrop on a legislative Transportation and Public Works Committee meeting earlier this month.
    Rep. Rick Little asked how much it would cost to mothball the New Mexico Rail Runner. “I’m from a county that’s way down south and it doesn’t benefit them one bit. Other counties feel the same way.”
    Chris Blewett, of the Rio Metro Regional Transportation District, tried to put the commuter train in perspective. Central New Mexico has one road, I-25, connecting Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Belen and four pueblos.

  • When does human life begin?

    When does that ethereal entity known as a soul enter a fetus? Many religions say it is at the moment of conception.
    There is no legal or civil determination, nor should there be since a soul is a purely religious concept.
    Some states have enacted laws that call the termination of a pregnancy, at various stages, murder. If murder is defined as “the killing of another human being,” we have come back to the basic question: Is a fetus an individual human being or a soulless growth that is an integral part of an individual person?

  • Groping passengers has really gone much too far

    Last week, with little fanfare in the media, the TSA airport passenger inspectors boasted that the Patriot Law allowed them to strip-search any airline passenger at any time for no reason at all — that means your little son, or your grandmother.
    This was followed by the TSA threat of inspecting train and even car passengers.
    Clearly our Congress has created a Frankenstein, one that is not accountable to the U.S. Constitution and the 4th Amendment prohibiting unreasonable search and seizure.
    It is ironic that even Hitler’s Nazis did not X-Ray or grope German passengers, while TSA employees are doing it to Americans every day.  

  • Census data available, eventually

    A few days ago, the sweet young blonde woman newsreader gushed on the noon newscast that the Census has announced that New Mexico’s April 2010 population was just over 2 million.
    Actually, this number, 2,059,179, was released three months ago.
    So much for television’s immediacy. The “news” that sunny March 15, which I think the blonde lady missed, was that the Census had done its first public release of a huge amount of New Mexico data.
    For those of you interested in this material and who also are, uh, “challenged” by getting there, here are some initial steps, offered because this ain’t easy, even perhaps for the unchallenged.
    On the Internet, start with www.Census.gov.

  • Either thoroughfare or bypass

    I certainly agree with John Pawlak’s March 11 letter concerning some decisions made regarding Los Alamos street planning.
    Indeed, Trinity Drive can be made to look more attractive, but it should not be made a copy of Central Avenue, a mere one block north.
    Function is critical.
    A snow plow trying to clear Central Avenue around the cutouts is painfully slow.
    Traffic lights placed strategically can solve most pedestrian problems.
    As a friend explained, we need either one thoroughfare in town or a bypass.

    Peggy Bradberry

  • MIG's contractual requirements

    In July 2010, based on its qualifications and experience with designing roadways, MIG, Inc. was awarded a project to study the N.M. 502 corridor from Los Alamos County’s east boundary to Diamond Drive and to develop a design recommendation conforming to several requirements for modern roadways.  
    This corridor includes all of Trinity Drive.

  • Highway through center of town seems a bit odd

    Much of the discussion regarding the new design of Trinity Drive evolves around the density of traffic.  
    Why do we allow a State Highway, SR502, to commute through the center of Los Alamos?  
    Why not investigate an alternate route such as Los Alamos Canyon?  
    There is an old road in Los Alamos Canyon that exists from SR4 to past the ice rink. It could link to a round-about at Trinity and Diamond and disperse the same amount of traffic to the Lab, North Community and downtown.
    It would require more creative thinking, time and effort.