Today's Opinions

  • League to host candidate forums

    The League of Women Voters invites Los Alamos residents to a candidates’ forum in Santa Fe from 3-5 p.m. Sunday at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, south-east corner of St. Francis Drive and West San Mateo Road. Congressional District 3 candidates Tom Mullins and Ben Ray Lujan will present platforms and take questions.

  • Improvements to campus a must to stay competitive

    I want to share why the passage of General Obligation Bond “D” in the Nov. 2 general election should make sense to the citizens of Los Alamos. General obligation bonds are funded by property taxes collected by the state.
    For example, residents will pay $9.98 per year on property with an assessed value of $100,000 – less than $1 per month.
    If Bond D passes, it will make $155.2 million available for colleges and universities in the state, including $750,000 for the renovation of the science laboratories at UNM-LA.

  • Burning Our Own Fuels

    The Gulf oil spill has shown us just one of the downsides of petroleum.
    That makes the mind of even a geologist like me turn to several questions about the future.
    Could we Americans grow more of our own fuel – enough to run a number of our cars, trucks and airplanes?
    And, quite importantly, could we do so without displacing food crops like corn?
    Pretty much everybody from all sorts of political persuasions is interested in those issues.

  • Candidates build warchest

    Lt. Gov. Diane Denish spent seven years building a $2 million war chest. It scared all Democratic candidates and the two major Republican possibilities out of the race, giving her what appeared to be an insurmountable lead.
    Then along came Susana Martinez who raised $2 million in the past 10 weeks to basically wipe out her fundraising disadvantage.
    How did she do it? Close to half of it was out-of-state money, mostly from four big donors. Even Bill Richardson would have trouble raising that much that quickly from within the state.

  • Big trucks should be required to use truck route

    We have two key routes open to the public that take traffic to and from town and one is specifically labeled ‘truck route.  
    Yet it seems there are always lots of big, slow trucks that use the 502, annoying at any time but particularly during heavy traffic times like morning rush hour!
    Can’t the county do something to “encourage” trucks to actually use the truck route?
    Maybe prohibit trucks on the 502 between 6-9 a.m. on weekdays and between 3 p.m.-6 p.m. on weekday afternoons?  

    TJ Taub

  • Firefighter union wants dialogue with county council

    I wasn’t surprised to see the county council object, via the Los Alamos Monitor, to our position (Los Alamos Firefighters’ Assoc. - IAFF Local #3279; “Union”) regarding our current conflict. What I was surprised to see was our own Fire Chief, Douglas Tucker, stating that ‘[Los Alamos County] deal[s] in facts and [the Union] deal(s) in emotions.” This couldn’t be farther from the truth.

  • The power of public-private partnerships

    Tucumcari for the first time. Other than a few lawyers’ offices, its lifeless main street was a canyon of vacant storefronts and hollow buildings.
    A Kmart had opened on the outskirts of town, and one business after another abandoned downtown to be close to the action. The only retail was a place that sold Bully Bags, little bags made of bulls’ testicles, and business wasn’t exactly booming.
    Other than the Bully Bags, Tucumcari’s scene was playing out in many small towns.

  • Mud-splattered voters will decide

    During his 1848 run for president, Gen. Zachary Taylor was pilloried as “a military autocrat,” “semi-illiterate,” “a cruel slavemaster,” “greedy” and given to cussing out underlings.

    Old Zach subsequently groused that he had been besmirched by “the vilest slanders of the most unprincipled demagogues this or any other nation was ever cursed with…”