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Today's Opinions

  • Trinity Drive: 2 Lanes or 4?

    Dear Editor,

    Wake up Los Alamos!

    The county staff under Kyle Zimmerman is planning to change Trinity Drive between Oppenheimer and DP Road. The two plans last on the table (March 5, 2009) are: leave this part of Trinity Drive as four lanes with modifications, or make Trinity Drive a two-lane road with four roundabouts.

  • Debunking myths that hobble growth

    Many myths and misconceptions masquerade as truths in the business world and people trying to start or expand a business are often misled by them. Realistic expectations are critical to business success and getting real begins with separating fact from fiction. Some examples:

    “The lack of a product or service in an area is the most important indicator of a need for it.”

  • Black dogs and new patterns

    A Native American story goes like this:

    There is a cave in which lives an old woman who for years has been weaving a garment – a special garment, sewn from porcupine quills. Its pattern is sacred to honor the ceremony for which it is intended, because it is this ceremony that sustains the world soul.

  • Thoughts on Trinity redesign

    Dear Editor,

    The article in the Friday, March 6, 2009, Los Alamos Monitor failed to elaborate on the problems roundabouts pose for the following five categories of pedestrians: children, the less fleet of foot (whom much of the documentation calls elderly), the visually and cognitively impaired and those who travel via wheel chairs or mobility scooters.

  • Long wait at the pharmacy

    Dear Editor,

    Just diagnosed with a more severe case of the flu, I dropped off the prescription at the nearest pharmacy. Although there was nobody in the pharmacy, the sales assistant behind the counter told me, “It’s 20 minutes.”

    I didn’t see anybody in front of me, so she explained, “They have left for the wait and we must work on their prescriptions before yours.”

  • New Mexico drops to second

    There was an item in the news recently that New Mexico has fallen out of first place.

    Sadly, this is again one of those lists we don’t want to be on.

    Mississippi now has the nation’s highest teen pregnancy rate, displacing us and Texas for that lamentable title.

    Mississippi’s rate was more than 60 percent higher than the national average in 2006, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. The teen pregnancy rate in Texas and New Mexico is more than 50 percent higher.

  • County working to move forward

    While we think there are serious questions remaining, we applaud the county for its continuing efforts to make the Trinity Place happen.

    If the project really gets going to the level the county believes it will, surely all of us will be winners.

    In these tough economic times, to accomplish such a feat would be a real achievement.

    Agree or disagree, the work and perseverance put into the plan by county officials should only bring acknowledgement for a some hard work.

    Good choice

  • Real change remains top item

    This week, President Obama signed what he called an “imperfect” bill that spends $410 billion, including millions in earmarks.

    You remember earmaks? In the campaign last year when he talked about change, change you can trust and all that, he promised to curb earmarks.

    But now he says earmarks are good when they are “done right.”

    The massive measure supporting federal agencies through the fall contains nearly 8,000 pet projects, earmarked by sponsors though denounced by critics. And the president at one time.