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Today's Opinions

  • Look at lab issues

    Dear Editor,

    One standard evaluation appealed to by challengers in politics is to ask “Are you better off now than you were 2, 4, 8 years ago?” and insert the incumbent’s term. Since Los Alamos County’s health is so inextricably linked to Los Alamos National Laboratory I propose to switch the question to this: Is Los Alamos National Laboratory better off now than it was before George Bush took office? Will it be better off if his policies are continued by John McCain? Is there any evidence that they would not be continued by McCain?

  • When is too much, too much?

    We do not - on the face of it - have any problem with a statue of J. Robert Oppenheimer and Gen. Leslie Groves here in Los Alamos. In fact, it would be a fitting tribute to two of the men who made Los Alamos.

    But we do wonder where the county keeps getting all this money.

    We have money to buy a $25,000 gift for Santa Fe’s 400th anniversary. We have money to put a mountain lion on the round-about. Now we have some $60,000 to buy a statue of Oppenheimer. Groves would - we guess - will be about the same.

  • FRIED LIGHT: Democracy in the obnoxious stage

    The problem with both democracy and freedom is that they complicate how to make people do what you want them to do.

    Plead, cry, wink, pound a fist, roll your eyes, stomp your feet – those tactics don’t always work, but which of us has not pulled a face or had a fit to get our way?

    Force is one way around the problem, which is what people mostly did before there were other options.

    As the English political philosopher and author of “Leviathan,” Thomas Hobbs put it, “Not believing in force is not believing in gravitation.”

  • Abortion is not a good health plan

    Dear Editor,

    When we consider who to vote for in this election we must consider if the candidates “plans” are rhetoric or heartfelt plans. Are they a result of personal passion and conviction? Or is it just because the political wind is blowing that direction?  

  • Conservation is patriotic

    Dear Editor,

    In response to “Energy: Influx of cash to solve the financial crisis” (Oct. 15):

  • Make own judgment about DVD

    Dear Editor,

    The Rev. John Cullinan has done a serious disservice to our community by writing his disingenuous attack letter against “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West.” (Oct. 16)

  • Administration should be brought up on war crimes

    Dear Editor,

    I am tired of people calling the invasion of Iraq a “mistake.” Forgetting the wedding anniversary is a mistake, not planning ahead is a mistake, spending all money in a casino is a stupid mistake. But invading Iraq was a criminal act of the U.S. government and should be treated as such by the next administration and the international community.

     Why is murder a crime and war not so much? Certainly not because the president did so.

  • Writer's comments off-base

    Dear Editor,

    On Oct. 9, Vivek Dave wrote that an Obama presidency would be a disaster for our economy.  I couldn’t understand where he was coming from until the last sentence where he quoted Ayn Rand.

    Her philosophy is the direct opposite of love of our fellow man and altruism as taught by Christianity, Judiasm, Islam, Secular Humanism, and many other beliefs.  It is well known that Alan Greenspan is a follower of Rand, and we can all see where his ideas that government-is-always-the-problem, has driven the world economy.