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Opinion

  • I see my name in a “Guest Column” from the July 9 Monitor where my friend Don Peterson writes about troubling aspects of the global warming issue.

  • A water expert I know complained last week that the candidates for governor haven’t said a word about water, one of the state’s biggest issues. But you can name about any subject and come to the same conclusion.

    Instead, the candidates have chosen to wrangle over perverts and who’s running the dirtier campaign. It’s surprising that Diane Denish would start with crime, which is Martinez’s strength, instead of her own, which is business and the economy.

  • SANTA FE — The good news for Republican gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez is that she out-raised her Democratic opponent, Diane Denish, $611,000 to $188,000 last month.

    The bad news is that Denish has $2.2 million in the bank and Martinez has $300,000. A big chunk of that was a $250,000 contribution from the National Republican Governors Association. In May, Martinez got $450,000 from Texas developer Robert Perry. Before that, much of her money was coming from oil interests.

  • Back in the ”old corps,” getting a paper communicated and published in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Science) was a cause for celebration up and down the hall and an “Attaboy” from Harold.  

    We regarded these as cherished publications, justifying the “all-nighters” required to collect data from a system that had no concept of the eight-hour day or the five-day week.

  • Throughout our lives, there are those few special people who touch us in a way that sets them apart from all the others.

    For me, it was Mr. Eberhardt, Doc Spooner and Col. Matheson.

    These three helped shape my way of thinking, gave me insight on my life and the world around me and guided me toward adulthood.

    I will always remember them as life mentors. All were teachers.

  • “There is no such thing as a Republican or Democratic audiologist. There are just professional audiologists.”  

    This comment was made in December 2002 by an audiologist of my acquaintance, after he received a letter informing him that he was being booted off the New Mexico audiology board. My friend was a very nice fellow, a responsible professional and, I’m sure, a diligent member of this board.

  • We are undergoing a test as a nation.

    Just days after our 244th birthday, we face real challenges from our streets up. From what we believe our government — at every level — needs to provide, to our part in what might be considered a free-for-all with our culture and economy at stake.

    Consider that the July 4 news shows found the economy on the lips of nearly every talking head. Bottom line: Our nation’s bottom line looks to be heading south again.

  • What are the most important lessons we can take from the BP oil spill 48 miles into the Gulf off the Louisiana coast?

    The first group is a batch of slogans. These varied morsels make up the bulk of the news. Examples are:

    • Stop offshore drilling.

    • The government is made of incompetent liars.

    • Rich corporations are greedy sharks headed by phony numbskulls.

    • Ignore experts. They get money from some interest or other.

    A further look finds more involved and coherent aspects to apply to this and other issues, such as:

  • My finest memory from childhood is sailing a kayak my clever brother had made out of plywood and canvas.

    The sailing adventure was on a lake in Glacier National Park. The wind was good, my beloved dog was tucked between my knees for ballast, and I scooted over the water like a rocket – or so it seemed to an 11-year old.  I have a black-and-white photo of that event (the world was black and white in those days) and I cherish it greatly even though it’s faded.

  • Following this Fourth of July, please plan to donate your old cell phones to support our service men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan. You can do this by taking them to any Los Alamos Fire Station to donate.

    The locations are:

    Station 1:  West Jemez Road at TA 3 Bldg. 41

    Station 2:  132 DP Road at TA 73 Bldg. 19

    Station 3:  129 State Road 4

    Station 4:  4401 Diamond Drive at TA 00 Bldg. 1096

    Station 5:  State Rd 501 at TA 16 Bldg. 180

    Station 6:  457 East Rd at TA 73 Bldg. 4 and

  • I recently watched a video taken by naturalist John Walthen, flying over the Gulf of Mexico. There were columns of thick black smoke from oil burned on the surface, through which unwary birds were flying. There were pods of dolphins in the oil; some already dead; some still struggling to live.

    There were miles of oil-covered water, in which nothing will survive. Unseen were the subsurface plumes of “disbursed” oil that is sucking all the oxygen from the sea, killing everything in the area.

  • SANTA FE — Why do minor parties have so much trouble getting on the New Mexico ballot?

    Secretary of State Mary Herrera has ruled that the Greens and the Libertarians are not qualified parties so she refuses to accept nominating petitions from their candidates.

    The reason why it is difficult to be a qualified minor party is that they can affect election outcomes.

  • It was gratifying to see a positive outcome for KRSN in this week’s decision from the Planning & Zoning Commission. While the fact that the AM radio station got a green light to proceed with construction of an antenna on school property does not guarantee its future, had the commission’s decision gone the other way the media outlet’s fate would have surely been sealed.

  • Dr. Hook sings this memorable ditty by Shel Silverstein:

    “Rolling Stone

    Wanna see my picture on the cover.

    Rolling Stone

    Wanna buy five copies for my mother.”

    Two guys who didn’t buy five copies for their mothers are Gen. Stanley McChrystal and our very own Val Kilmer. Batman and G.I. Joe didn’t have a lot in common until lately, when the yogurt hit the fan over their published words in Rolling Stone magazine.

  • It was only when I was unpacking my hundredth box that it occurred to me that moving house is similar to having cancer.

    It’s a major upheaval in your life: a time when there are new challenges, new people and new environments to deal with.

    For instance, when I heard the word cancer come out of my doctor’s mouth I burst into tears, and then cried for another two months every time I thought about it. The same thing happened when my husband told me he wanted us to leave Los Alamos.

    Both were life-changing events.

  • The Fourth of July brings lively conversations to the picnic tables each year. How are the kids doing?  

    Did you hear that Doreen got married?

    How is Aaron enjoying college?  

    Burn any flags lately?

    You don’t hear much about flag burning during the rest of the year, but Independence Day seems to always throw fuel on the subject. Every year, people who couldn’t tell you what the Ninth Amendment is if their life depended on it take a fervent stand against those burning the flag.  

  • I was saddened to read the Monitor’s article about the closing of Brownell’s camera department and the departure of Eric Johnson from our community.  The camera department of Decol’s, which then continued on successfully to become Brownell’s, has been an institution in this community for as long as I can remember and Eric Johnson became the “go-to” photography expert for all of us.

  • My husband and I  frequent the East Park dog park several times a week with our two dogs.  It’s a wonderful place for dogs to be able to run and play, but it also seems to have become a wonderful place for owners not to pick up after their dogs.

    It has become quite a trick to navigate the park without getting ones’ shoes soiled as happened to me this morning. East Park itself, where people walk and children play also suffers the same indignity.

  • Imagine the scene. Two poverty stricken, uneducated men are chatting somewhere in Mexico. One says, “Ese, vamos p’ Albuquerque pa’ cometer delitos.”

    The other replies, “Que buena idea!”

    Such was the primary election portrayal among Bernalillo County Republican sheriff candidates. Drug cartel types aside, the occasional immigrant may come to New Mexico with an explicit criminal purpose. But not many. Getting here is too much work. For nearly all, jobs are the attraction.

  • Your editorial of Sunday, June 20, prompts a reply. It is so unfortunate that President Obama has not sought your advice. Had he done so, many of our national problems would be saved by now, in particular the oil leak.

    Pat Blewett

    Los Alamos