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Opinion

  • I was watching part of that new FOX Television series the other night, “Lie to Me,” and it struck me that anyone who hasn’t had cancer should be taught how to recognize those signals, the ones that tell you you’re not quite getting the truth.

    Ever asked a cancer survivor how they are? What you probably heard was “Hey, I’m fine,” “I’m doing good,” “I feel very lucky.”

  • Last month’s Super Bowl brought an old friend back from The Wizard of Oz. The scarecrow sang 15 seconds of “If I Only Had a Brain,” as he frolicked on high-tension wires.

    The last half of the TV ad was a voice saying: “Smart grid technology from GE will make the way we distribute electricity more efficient, simply by making it more intelligent.”

  • Colorectal cancer continues to be the second leading cancer killer for both men and women combined in the United States, even though it is 90 percent preventable and 90 percent treatable when detected early.

    These figures are of great concern to care providers and staff at Los Alamos Medical Center, because we know that fewer than 50 percent of adults age 50 or older have had one of the readily available colorectal cancer screening tests within the recommended time periods.

  • Dear Editor,

  • Dear Editor,

    Without the citizens who established our community’s businesses and service organizations and promoted the work done at the laboratory after World War II, Los Alamos would have either disappeared or remained only as an isolated military outpost. Neighboring counties did not want any part of postwar Los Alamos and neither the Atomic Energy Commission nor the state of New Mexico knew how to solve the “Los Alamos problem” of providing citizens’ rights.

  • We find ourselves in agreement with Gov. Richardson who has complained about the current version of the so-called bill limiting campaign contributions.

    The governor is right to complain. While the bill looks good, it is only for two years and then must be renewed.  His comment that this is nothing  but “temporary ethics reform” is on target.

    Why is the Legislature doing this? How about because the law applies to them and it seems everytime we turn around they are excluding themselves from this law or that one.

  • The members of the county council should receive high praise for their decision in the bypass road.

    While there are clearly two sides to this project, it is also clear that the vast majority of residents are opposed to the plan.

    The council listened and ended the project and they should be praised for that courageous act.

    Residents packed the council chambers Monday night ready to give their view, pro and con. After a short while it was clear that the vast majority of residents there were opposed.

  • Anyone who pays attention to the Legislature has had this experience: Differing versions of a bill pass the House and Senate; the bills go to a conference committee; the bill that comes out is very different from the two that went in.

    What happened? Hard to tell. Why? Because New Mexico is among a handful of states that close conference committee meetings. So what? Well, do you want government to conduct business in the open or behind closed doors?

  • The Assosicated Press had disturbing story this week. It stated that 3 percent of our fellow residents are part of the corrections system.

    That is scary.

    New Mexico has seen a steady increase in people on probation and parole in recent years, reflecting a national trend, according to a report.

    The Pew Center on the States says that nationwide, the number of people on probation or parole nearly doubled to more than 5 million between 1982 and 2007.

  • Dear Editor,

    I am writing this letter to pass along some important information to LAMS and LAHS parents and members of the community and to request your help and support.  The LAHS Athletic Department recently learned they were accepted into the Smith’s Earn and Learn fundraising program. In talking with Vicki Nelms, LAHS athletic director, all the sports teams associated with the Los Alamos High School, as well as those associated with the Los Alamos Middle School, will benefit from this fundraising effort. 

  • Dear Editor,

    Your fine editorial on tax increment financing (Does Not Seem Like A Good Deal To Us, Sunday, March 1) did not go nearly far enough. 

    It’s time to “connect the dots,” something which Common Cause N.M. has done for us in a 2007 report on the success of the real estate development industry in obtaining public subsidies from the state. (Google Common Cause N.M. and then click on “connect the dots research.”) 

  • Dear Editor,

    I would like to express my appreciation to you for publishing the article entitled “What is the Right Thing” in the Monitor (Feb. 19, 2009). And I would also like to publicly express my heartfelt thanks to Jesse Taylor for the well written article.

    We need more people like that who are willing to share the facts in a courteous ad concise manner. Truth and honesty are rare virtues to be found in our present culture, but so much is needed.

    Thanks you, Jesse Taylor, and God bless you.

    Los Alamos

  • Dear Editor,

    In your Editorial Feb. 6,  you said,  “There is no way that abortion should be made illegal,” and you said that people should be given the freedom of “choice.”  This means that women should have their “freedom of choice.”  The unborn babies have no “freedom of choice.” 

    As the bumper sticker says, “As a former fetus, I oppose abortion.”

  • Dear Editor,

    Concerning the Feb. 22 column, “An eye for an eyeball,” – the way I see it, even the watchdog reporters can’t help the fact that they have been taught to report with a biased agenda.  

    Item: George Bush and Barrak Obama had almost identical workout regimens. Bush was reported as wasting time and worse; Obama was shown in Hawaii as an Adonis.  

  • What is going on? This week the New Mexico Senate gave the go-ahead for a new development on the west side of Albuquerque and the redevelopment of a mall within the city. And they approved a much smaller redevelopment project in downtown Las Cruces.

    While this may sound good, we wonder.

    The Legislature’s approval of the issuance of $408 million in bonds for SunCal’s industrial development on Albuquerque’s west mesa, and $164 million in bonds to redevelop the Winrock Mall into retail, residential and office space.

  • How many of you know that Tuesday is a very unique day? The last such day was five years ago and the next one is seven years away.

    Well, Tuesday is  square root day, a humorous holiday celebrated on dates where the day and the month are both the square root of the last two digits in the current year.

    For example, the last square root day was Feb. 2, 2004, (2/2/04) and the next square root day is this Tuesday, 3/3/09.

    The final square root day of the century will occur on Sept. 9, 2081.

  • Dear Editor,

    On March 2 at 7 p.m., the county council will hold a special meeting in order to discuss the West Jemez Bypass project. Whether you are for or against the Bypass, please plan to attend this meeting in order to give your two cents worth of input to council.

  • Dear Editor,

    The Los Alamos Public Schools desire to enter into a joint Revitalization Project on Trinity Site in order to achieve the following for the benefit of our community:

    A) to have a steady and reliable income stream from leased land that would provide funds much needed by the school for both program and plant; and

  • Dear Editor,

    I am responding to a flyer posted around town, with no one claiming ownership, opposing the Bypass Road.  It has many statements that are wrong.

    First, we must realize that the probability of  a dirty bomb being detonated somewhere in the world is increasing. If that happens, NNSA will surely close West Jemez Road to through traffic. Remember, two airplanes colliding with the World Trade Center gave us NNSA’s current “large intestine.”

  • Dear Editor,