Today's Opinions

  • 10 reasons why you might be financially stressed

    Stress can come from everywhere — career, school, family, relationships, health — and especially money.
    The American Psychological Association (APA) recently reported that money remains the number one stressor for 72 percent of Americans. In fact, money has led the APA’s annual stress survey since its debut in 2007, the year before the financial crash that took the U.S. economy into its worst slump since the Great Depression.
    Are you financially stressed? Here are 10 major signs of financial stress and ways to take action.
    You wonder if your job is secure. Even though the economy has improved in recent years, employers still cut and reassign workers and make occasional adjustments in pay and benefits. If you’ve spotted changes in other departments or news accounts suggest a shift in your industry, start thinking ahead. Action Plan: Build up your emergency fund to cover six months or more of basic living expenses, update your resume and get organized for a potential job search.

  • Good news: Retiree Health Care is solvent for 20 years

    A friend told me, excitedly, that he has been approved for the new hepatitis C drug – the miracle drug that is supposed to cure this disease at a cost of $93,000 per patient. He has started the treatment and so far is doing great.
    I hadn’t known he had the disease. Of course, I’m happy for him.
    I realized later I’m helping to pay for his treatment. He is married to a retired teacher and is probably covered through the Retiree Health Care Authority. So am I. His treatment affects my premiums.  
    RHCA can afford to pay for this. This is good news for everybody in New Mexico, including you.
    RHCA provides health insurance coverage to retirees of New Mexico state and local government and schools. Active employees and their employers contribute a small percentage of payroll to the fund. Once those employees retire, if they choose RHCA for their coverage (before Medicare or in combination with Medicare), they pay premiums into the fund.  
    With tough cost controls and reforms, the program is now projected to be solvent through 2035, according to Mark Tyndall, RHCA executive director. This is a major accomplishment.

  • Letters to the Editor 11-25-15

    Consider giving to
    United Way campaign

    Each day I wake up and count my blessings. My health is good and I have access to great medical care if I need it. I have been able to complete three higher education degrees and will soon be starting a fourth.
    Over the course of my 31-year career in public safety. I have also been able to save some funds that should allow me a comfortable retirement. I live in a community that is not only located in one of the most beautiful parts or our great Earth, it also is blessed with great schools, low crime, great health care, great emergency services and caring and sharing people.  
    Not everyone in our community has experienced the wonderful blessings I have. Many are in need of our help to achieve good health, good education, and financial stability. We can make a life-changing difference for those in need by giving to the United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM). UWNNM covers both Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties.
    A unique feature not true with most charitable organizations is that 100 percent of your donated dollar will go to those in need. All administrative costs that are normally deducted from your personal donation are covered by UWNNM Cornerstone Sponsors.  

  • Letters to the Editor 11-6-15

    Columnist Marita Noon ignores deleterious
    effects of fracking

    The op-ed in the Oct. 23 edition of The Los Alamos Monitor by oil-gas lobbyist Marita Noon reviews the evidence for the association between “fracking” and the increase in the number and magnitude of Oklahoma earthquakes. Her point, based on reports by Stanford geologist Mark Zoback and others, is the assignment of blame for the increase in earthquakes to the increase in “produced” water injection into conventional wells, not to water injection associated with the newer, rapidly proliferating fracking wells, thereby implying that fracking is OK.
    However, fracking also results in “produced” water, so whether the water being reinjected into the ground comes from fracking wells or oil recovery wells, Oklahoma earthquakes will continue to increase in number and magnitude  if the volume of produced water injected into oil wells continues to increase.

  • Letters to the editor 10-28-15

    Sunday editorials ruin reader’s good mood

    The Sunday (Oct. 25) editorial page showed me that you have indeed given up on putting out a newspaper.  In place of an editorial was a screed by someone working for the oil and gas industry, delightedly pointing out the error of the “anti-fossil crowd” regarding earthquakes. Fracking doesn’t cause earthquakes, gleefully says the writer. Reading carefully, one learns that the large increase in waste water generated by fracking causes earthquakes (because this water is injected back into the ground). Truly a distinction without a difference. I fully expect to read another shill next Sunday from the NRA stating that guns don’t kill people. People kill people.
    At least the writer didn’t call the anti-fracking concerns a communist plot. That particular slur is out of date, or so I thought.

  • Letter to the editor 10-14-15

    Putin It To Obama

    President Vladimir Putin just put it to President Barack Obama concerning the situation in Syria.
    They had a discussion about military involvement in Syria, and Putin convinced Obama the Russian air units in Syria would help with attacks on ISIL. However, Putin never considered attacking ISIL because his military forces are in Syria to bolster the Assad regime, and therefore they are bombing the U.S. backed anti-Assad rebels; and Russian ground forces are attacking the anti-Assad forces.
    The U.S. supplies the moderate anti-Assad rebels with arms and then the Russians bomb them and their equipment. The arms suppliers in the U.S. and Russia have to be laughing all the way to the banks.
    Once again, President Obama has placed the national security of the U.S. in jeopardy in order to placate another country. This subservience syndrome will embolden our potential adversaries in the world to test our military posture.
    Donald A. Moskowitz
    Londonderry, NH

  • Atomic City Transit, Dial-a-Ride prevented injury

    I would like to express my great appreciation for the excellence and professionalism of the drivers and staff of the Los Alamos Atomic City Transit and Dial-a-Ride. I was a passenger on an early morning Dial-a-Ride trip from White Rock to the Transit Center on Oct. 1 when an accident occurred on State Road 4, just outside White Rock.
    The extremely rapid reaction of the driver, Cliff, prevented a head-on collision that would have led to a much worse outcome for everyone involved. The driver then assisted the two passengers in quickly and safely exiting the bus through the emergency exit. His quick actions, plus the practice of seat belt use by Dial-a-Ride passengers prevented an injury to the bus passengers.
    After the accident, the dispatcher, Annette and the ACT manager provided all needed assistance with communication and transportation for the passenger.
    I also want to thank the Los Alamos police, fire, emergency medical and county services for an prompt and effective response. The first police vehicle was on the scene a minute after the event. The fire truck and the ambulance arrived immediately thereafter. They provided all necessary assistance. The county then cleared and cleaned the site and traffic was reopened as quickly as possible under the circumstances.

  • Letter to the editor 10-4-15

    30th-Annual Heart Council Health Fair a success

    The 30th-annual Los Alamos Heart Council Health Fair, held at Griffith Gymnasium on Sept. 26 was a tremendous success! We had over 2,000 attendees. There were more than 70 exhibitors representing a wide range of health-related organizations from Los Alamos and surrounding communities. A total of some 800 flu shots were given and hundreds of blood draws were done, as well as many other health screenings. With this year’s emphasis on children and families, hundreds more parents and children attended than ever before. More than 150 free bike helmets were given out at the fair and, in a new program, an additional 60 helmets will be given directly to elementary and pre-schools in Los Alamos. Hundreds of free children’s backpacks we given out, as well.