Today's Opinions

  • Vacations are loaded with lessons

    My finest memory from childhood is sailing a kayak my clever brother had made out of plywood and canvas.

    The sailing adventure was on a lake in Glacier National Park. The wind was good, my beloved dog was tucked between my knees for ballast, and I scooted over the water like a rocket – or so it seemed to an 11-year old.  I have a black-and-white photo of that event (the world was black and white in those days) and I cherish it greatly even though it’s faded.

  • Cell phones for soldiers

    Following this Fourth of July, please plan to donate your old cell phones to support our service men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan. You can do this by taking them to any Los Alamos Fire Station to donate.

    The locations are:

    Station 1:  West Jemez Road at TA 3 Bldg. 41

    Station 2:  132 DP Road at TA 73 Bldg. 19

    Station 3:  129 State Road 4

    Station 4:  4401 Diamond Drive at TA 00 Bldg. 1096

    Station 5:  State Rd 501 at TA 16 Bldg. 180

    Station 6:  457 East Rd at TA 73 Bldg. 4 and

  • Reinstate the drilling moratorium

    I recently watched a video taken by naturalist John Walthen, flying over the Gulf of Mexico. There were columns of thick black smoke from oil burned on the surface, through which unwary birds were flying. There were pods of dolphins in the oil; some already dead; some still struggling to live.

    There were miles of oil-covered water, in which nothing will survive. Unseen were the subsurface plumes of “disbursed” oil that is sucking all the oxygen from the sea, killing everything in the area.

  • Minor parties blocked by gatekeeper

    SANTA FE — Why do minor parties have so much trouble getting on the New Mexico ballot?

    Secretary of State Mary Herrera has ruled that the Greens and the Libertarians are not qualified parties so she refuses to accept nominating petitions from their candidates.

    The reason why it is difficult to be a qualified minor party is that they can affect election outcomes.

  • Support and celebrate your local media

    It was gratifying to see a positive outcome for KRSN in this week’s decision from the Planning & Zoning Commission. While the fact that the AM radio station got a green light to proceed with construction of an antenna on school property does not guarantee its future, had the commission’s decision gone the other way the media outlet’s fate would have surely been sealed.

  • Tales of Batman and G.I. Joe

    Dr. Hook sings this memorable ditty by Shel Silverstein:

    “Rolling Stone

    Wanna see my picture on the cover.

    Rolling Stone

    Wanna buy five copies for my mother.”

    Two guys who didn’t buy five copies for their mothers are Gen. Stanley McChrystal and our very own Val Kilmer. Batman and G.I. Joe didn’t have a lot in common until lately, when the yogurt hit the fan over their published words in Rolling Stone magazine.

  • Moving past the grief helps heal

    It was only when I was unpacking my hundredth box that it occurred to me that moving house is similar to having cancer.

    It’s a major upheaval in your life: a time when there are new challenges, new people and new environments to deal with.

    For instance, when I heard the word cancer come out of my doctor’s mouth I burst into tears, and then cried for another two months every time I thought about it. The same thing happened when my husband told me he wanted us to leave Los Alamos.

    Both were life-changing events.

  • Don’t dis da flag

    The Fourth of July brings lively conversations to the picnic tables each year. How are the kids doing?  

    Did you hear that Doreen got married?

    How is Aaron enjoying college?  

    Burn any flags lately?

    You don’t hear much about flag burning during the rest of the year, but Independence Day seems to always throw fuel on the subject. Every year, people who couldn’t tell you what the Ninth Amendment is if their life depended on it take a fervent stand against those burning the flag.