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Today's Opinions

  • But I digress: Geograwhat?

    Where in the world is Waldo? Okay, let’s say he’s in the thriving metropolis of Thimphu. Uh, well, where’s that? Oh, it’s the capital of Bhutan. Really? Um, where’s Bhutan? It’s in Asia. You DO know where Asia is, don’t you?

    Depending on your age, the answer is very likely “No.”

  • Our View: Governor announces new DWI initiatives

    Last week, Gov. Richardson announced several new DWI initiatives as part of the 100 Days and Nights of Summer campaign to prevent drunk driving.

    While we laud the governor’s efforts, it must be remembered that there are some very good anti-DWI laws already on the books – we only need to get our judges to enforce them better.

  • Off and On: Economy growing – so why are we suffering?

    Last week, Gov. Richardson announced that the state would have $392 million in new revenue, bringing our total of new money for one-time spending to $1 billion.

    And it was announced that we ranked 12th in economic growth.

    Then why are we all suffering? The answer is the same as to why the state and the economy are doing so well: high oil prices.

    Richardson said the new money will be on the table when he calls the Legislature into a special session to address access to universal health coverage.

  • The insurance or the hospital?

    Dear Editor,

    One does not usually pay much attention to the absurdity of the health system until the insurance stops covering the bills. Some time ago, the company I work for switched to a less-inclusive health insurance plan because the increasing costs of the original coverage. As a result, a 50-minute visit to the LAMC emergency room with a sprained ankle last month cost us more than $900.

  • Make life easier for commuters

    Dear Editor,

    The picture on page 2 in the July 2 paper shows the problem with traffic around the Diamond construction. A while back, there was discussion and a council vote on how the signal at Diamond and Arkansas should be run. The winning vote, that each direction on Diamond should have a dedicated left turn and that only one direction should go at a time, was to give people easier access to the businesses on Arkansas. The side effect of this, of course, is that traffic on Diamond is slowed down horribly.

  • Time for locked mailboxes

    Dear Editor,

    The following letter has been sent to the Los Alamos Post Master:

    The time has come to have locked mail boxes for home deliveries. Considering gas prices, it seems that groups of mailboxes would be not only more time-efficient but also more cost-efficient for the mail service.

  • Column: Fuel is used many ways in food supply

    A global issue in its infancy is the fuel demand of the food supply. The issue sprang on the public scene with the fuel demand of growing corn to make fuel.

    I have no answers but I bring useful questions. Most issues have too many answers known and too few questions asked.

    The corn-ethanol question is simply figuring the input and output. How much fuel energy is in the ethanol made versus how much is needed to make it from corn?

  • The politics of lawn signs

    Dear Editor,

    To the stealthy and courageous person who mangled the political sign in my front yard:

    You win! You clearly have a superior intellect as evidenced by your fearless nocturnal mission. Your derring-do has shown me the error of my ways. All those months of reading, research and study I put into choosing my political candidate are out the window.

    You obviously have rapier-sharp wit and keen political insight. Thank heavens you came along and set me on the path of (self) righteousness. I now see there is only one way to view things: yours.