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Today's Opinions

  • A very sad story

    Dear Editor,

    It was with great sadness we read your June 9 article “L.A. police cadet charged with DWI.” It is unfortunate that cadet Daniel LaDuke made the serious mistake of driving while under the influence. While we don’t condone this lapse of judgment, we feel your readers should know a little about the Dan LaDuke we knew when he was a councilor at the YMCA after-school program (which our son attends) immediately prior to joining the Los Alamos Police Department.

  • Give that ticket to ride!

    Well, it’s official. New Mexico’s multimillion-dollar spaceport is moving ahead toward construction in the southern desert, a big step for commercial space development and tourists who will suit up for $200,000 suborbital flights.

    Put me down for one of those. What a bargain.

    Of course, this belies the fact that the high price of a ticket killed the Concord. But we’re sure that there will be hundreds of folks ready to put down a couple of hundred grand to liftoff.

  • Fix the problem

    The council’s action in granting some staff a bonus - or pay allowance or what you want to call it - is cause for pause.

    This seems to us to be the wrong solution to the problem and we have to agree with Robert Gibson who voted against the idea.

    Even the chair, Michael Wheeler, is quoted in voicing concerns, altough he voted for the plan.

    As best as we can understand this, it seems that when the council approved its recent budget it did so failing to take into account a group of employees who have hit the top of their pay scale and can’t get a raise.

  • Just don’t count on it

    If a hen and a half, lays an egg and a half, in a day and a half, how many eggs do six hens lay in seven days?

    John Paulos’ book, “Innumeracy,” cites a story about a weatherman who was discussing the chances of rain in the coming weekend: “Well folks, there’s a 50 percent chance of rain on Saturday and 50 percent chance of rain on Sunday.  So it looks like there’s a 100 percent chance of rain this weekend!”  

  • Column gives oil line

    Dear Editor,

    The June 12 guest column by Marita K. Noon titled  “Hypocrisy that knows no bounds” should have been a paid  advertisement by Big Oil.  I suspect that she was not driven to her  keyboard in response to President Obama’s comments about the CAFÉ  Standards (auto fuel efficiency standards), but by her funders of  Citizens Alliance for Responsible Energy, a nonprofit organization advocating for citizens rights to energy freedom. 

  • Dreaming of a new building

    Dear Editor,

    “They are not long, the days of wine and roses/out of a misty dream/our path emerges for a while then closes/ within a dream.” Vitae Summa Brevis, Ernest Dowson, 1896

     “Preserve our history” Los Alamos County Strategic Goals, 2005.

     There is a day, which now exists only as an old article in The Atom (July 1967) with old black and white photos; as a weed grown tracery of missed opportunities and the road not taken; as wind across an empty expanse of grass.  But oncemponcem time..............

  • From old moms to plastic bottles

    Science is full of unexpected discoveries, some coming at decidedly awkward times.

    Just as there can be a breakthrough in negotiating the end to a war that comes to everyone’s surprise on a major holiday, or intense spurts in which a writer completes a book in a week, there are times a scientist may feel awash in troubles but then see the world afresh as the facts fall into place in a new way.

  • Mining needs constant vigilance

    Mining underpins our way of life. Nature may be the champion excavator, if one considers sculpted peaks and canyons. But with man-made mines like the Berkeley pit in Butte, Mont., man gets an “A” for effort. And then too, mines linger on, because they are frequently not adequately cleaned up afterward, even in violation of regulations and statutes.