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Today's Opinions

  • Letter to the Editor 6-1-16

    Council’s handling of
    sheriff’s issues disappointing

    I am so ashamed for Los Alamos.  The county council this week managed to make me very sad in the way that the sheriff’s issues were handled. Normally, the council discusses things almost to the point of being ridiculous. But, this decision was done with little discussion and the timing seems very suspicious given that two council members were not present.
    Whether you agree with the argument that the county needs a sheriff department is really not the issue. The fact that four councilors decided to strip the department of its’ duties, save one, with only four days notice, is inexcusable. I definitely will not be voting for any of those involved if they are up for reelection in November.    
    As Pete Sheehey argued, (thank you for your sane voice) Sheriff Marco Lucero and deputies should have been given one more chance to voice their side. I am so mad I could say bad words, but they would not be printed. But, I bet the four councilors could hear them, if they only listened.
    Becky S. Scarborough
    Los Alamos

  • Former gov. Johnson leaning anti-Trump

    New Mexico is in the spotlight with three high-profile campaign visits, but another big day looms. The Libertarian Party will choose its candidate for president at the end of May. Gary Johnson is getting national attention from the left and the right - especially from the right - as the anti-Trump. Some pundits speculate that Johnson could even draw disgruntled Bernie supporters.
    Last week our former governor notched 10 percent support in a Fox News poll. Compare that with the 1 percent Johnson polled in 2012.
    It’s within striking distance of the 15 percent he needs to be part of televised debates. He sweetened his ticket with former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld as vice president. Weld is a Republican who was popular in a blue state.
    The Libertarians will probably be the only non-mainstream party to appear on the ballot in all 50 states. Which is why their Florida convention – and Gary Johnson – will draw unprecedented scrutiny.
    All this and he looks way better without a shirt than Vladimir Putin, said blogger Emily Zanotti.

  • Seven, eight ... nine brothers in WWII

    Back during Memorial Day 2014, I wrote a piece on five brothers who served in World War II.
    I was blown-away impressed by the Bailey boys, from my neck of the woods in Western Pennsylvania, and still am. Imagine my surprise when a reader responded with a package of clippings informing me of his family, which had seven brothers in the war.
    Yes, seven.
    His name is Ted, and his parents were Stella and Walter Pietkiewicz, Polish immigrants in Pittsburgh.
    I wrote up that story, thinking no family could out-do the Pietkiewicz crew. I soon learned I was wrong. 
    That article led to a bunch of mail composed by computers and typewriters alike. One was sent by Stanley Freedman reporting the seven sons of Fanny Greco. They lived in Providence, Rhode Island.
    All served in World War II.
    Another came from Tina Link of Delphos, Ohio, who told me of her maternal grandmother, “Mrs. John Bohnlein,” as the attached September 1945 newspaper clip identified this selfless mother, who likewise lent seven sons to the cause.
    Then followed an email from Shayne Ghere informing me of Roy and Lillie Ghere.
    They parented 17 children in tiny Arcola, Ill. Seven of their boys served in World War II.

  • Assets in Action: School is over, you are on your way!

    If you are reading this late Wednesday afternoon, you are done! Oh sure, I mean most of the kids are done with school, but in many – and I say many – ways, we as the parents are also done.
    If you are also the parent of a high school student, I’m sorry, there’s still one more day ahead for you. Oh sure, you will hear about it entirely tonight and again in the morning until they get on the bus or drive to school for the last time this year.
    If you need a comeback, hey that snow day – as late as it was – was glorious! It was ridiculous if you lived in White Rock, but no less glorious to stay in our pajamas that morning.
    Oh and OK if you are married to someone that works in a school, you will get a repeat of what happened on Thursday again on Friday.
    This day and age, we often hear how kids today don’t appreciate the people that give us the freedoms we appreciate today.
    I would like to say that as we approach the last few days of school, local teenagers are still working at letting our service men and women know they are appreciated throughout the year.
    So while many will spend the weekend enjoying parties and an extra day off, take the time to give thanks to those that gave their lives in honor of our country and also appreciate those that serve today.

  • (Lack Of) excellence seen in nuke museum

    Mediocrity is on full display at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in Albuquerque. I assume that the mediocrity, an aggregation of little things, wasn’t there on purpose. But it was there.
    Lured by well executed publicity, I went to see the underwhelming (small and crowded) exhibit, “America’s Road: The Journey of Route 66,” that opened May 14. My idea was to consider New Mexico as a road, no particular beginning or end, nothing specific happening except magnificent sunsets to inspire political rhetoric and cultural impressions on the horizon.
    First, let’s be certain; the museum (nuclearmuseum.org) is well worth seeing for the history of the Manhattan Project and of the atomic bomb. It is on Eubank Blvd., a few minutes south of I-40.
    In the Route 66 exhibit this sentence grabbed. “Route 66 became an icon for travel in the 1950s.” I think that means Route 66 became a symbol for travel, similar to a religious icon in church. The signs describing Route 66 items were loosely mounted and just enough askew that I noticed.

  • How do we save our smallest towns?

    BY BOB HAGAN
    Coffee on a Cold Morning

  • Letters to the Editor 5-25-16

    Thank you to those who supported Living
    Treasures of Los Alamos

    On behalf of the Board of the Living Treasures of Los Alamos, I want to give immense thanks to Los Alamos National Bank for underwriting this year’s Living Treasures ceremony on April 24.
    The 300-plus attendees enthusiastically honored our newest Treasures, Nona Bowman, Chuck Tallman and Selvi Viswanathan, and enjoyed a delicious reception afterward.
    We are most grateful to our biographer, Colleen Ollinger, photographer Jim Gautier and calligrapher Marilyn Stevens for their significant contributions as well as other community members who have so graciously made donations all of which help us to continue our tradition of honoring those who have given richly to our community. Bravo!
    Pauline Powell Schneider
    Los Alamos

    Imperative to do what is proper and right

  • Letters to the Editor 5-22-16

    Committed to principled decision-making

    A recent letter to the editor discusses a citizen initiative petition of several years ago relating to the construction of a new municipal building, but omits several important facts. 
    In 2010, the original municipal building was demolished after it was deemed unsafe for continued use.   The county council commissioned a citizen committee to identify and recommend an appropriate site for a new building. That committee spent countless hours reviewing several potential locations, including the old location by the pond. However, after much public discussion and input, the committee supported placing the building at the current location on Central Avenue as the best site for a number of reasons. 
    As with every decision, some agreed, some did not. With regard to this issue, a citizen drafted an initiative petition that would have required the building to be built in the exact same spot and with the exact same design. Specifically, the petition read as follows:
    “The municipal building shall be fully rebuilt and restored to its original site and design for the specific purpose and original intent as the location and use of and for the Los Alamos County Council Chambers and offices and the Los Alamos County Administrator and offices.”