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Opinion

  • Dear Editor,

    This is close to the dumbest idea in a while.  Help local business by cutting $15 million from their property taxes over the next five years.

    Los Alamos

  • In 1964, when the U.S. Supreme Court was reviewing an obscenity case (Jacobellis vs. Ohio), Justice Potter Stewart was asked to define pornography.  He said, “It’s hard to define, but I know it when I see it.” 

    Well now, is this true today? Obscenity has taken on many forms and one is hard pressed to not only define it, but to recognize it as such.

  • Earlier this month local authorities in California warned residents that a 23-foot long python was on the loose. The 130-pound female snake, which belongs to Brandon Dennis, is large enough to eat small children.

    The enormous python was later found basking in the sun in a backyard “several blocks” from Brandon’s home.  There were no immediate reports of missing children or pets, so it’s likely the snake’s day on-the-town resulted in nothing more than heart palpitations for the neighbors.

  • Dear Editor,

    I could not believe my eyes upon reading a bumper sticker recently.  In fact, rather than turning, I followed behind the car to make sure I hadn’t misread it.  The bumper sticker read, “So Many Right Wing Christians, So Few Lions.”

  • Dear Editor,

    On my walk today on Barranca Mesa there was an unusually huge number of blue recycle carts. So  I looked in about 10. There was almost nothing in most of them. Some were not quite 1/4 full. The full ones had corrugated cardboard in them. Yea!

    We need to save our county’s resources and put the carts out when mostly full. I’m hoping that since it is Presidents Day holiday that people put them out because they had nothing better to do.

    Los Alamos

  • Dear Editor,

    It was with a certain amount of sadness, though not unexpected, that I read of Ed Grothus’ passing. I knew Ed best from the days when he had the Shalako Shop; indeed, my turquoise/silver watchband and my small turquoise/silver thunderbird bolo, both of which I’ve had since high school, came from the Shalako Shop. They have always been a tangible connection to Los Alamos no matter where I have roamed, and they remain a connection with Ed as well.

  • Dear Editor,

  • With a stiff upper lip, the man talked about all the competition for people’s eyeballs these days.

    “We’re not just competing with competitors,” he lamented, stepping around bunches of boxes of printed matter the other day. “It’s not just all the other print out there, it’s e-mail and the Internet, television and cable, CDs and DVDs and all the rest.”

    Sounds kind of like somebody in the newspaper business, doesn’t it?

  • Dear Editor,

  • Dear Editor,

    I am responding to your bold assertions that you made in your Friday Feb. 6, 2009, editorial, “It is Time to Do the Right Thing.”

  • Dear Editor,

    Our national research laboratories - Los Alamos, Sandia and Lawrence Livermore - are national treasures. Their physical plants and assemblies of some of our most talented scientists, engineers and technicians cannot be duplicated anywhere in the world.

    Yes, their primary directive has been military research. But technology-sharing programs have enabled their discoveries to be developed commercially for peaceful purposes. And they have been soliciting more and more contracts for nonmilitary research.

  • As the county and the schools are more and more at odds over how the deal for Trinity Place reads, we are more and more concerned that it will never happen.

    Reports from every business corner that you want to go to say that vacancies in malls and shopping plazas are rising fast nationally. The reports note that the average vacancy rate at neighborhood and community malls rose to 8.2 percent, up from 7.3 percent in 2007.

    This is the highest level since 1995.

  • It was disheartening to hear that the school district feels that Los Alamos County is playing hard ball with our schools. Instead of reaching an agreement on the Trinity Site Project that will serve the schools, and thus the entire community, the county appears to have chosen to serve itself.

     

  • Like or dislike the federal sttimulas plan, it is reality.

    So here are some facts from Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall and you can be the judge which programs will create jobs.

    Here is list of the categories and levels of funding New Mexico stands to receive under the Senate’s version of the recovery package.      

    Infrastructure, Science

     • $19.7 million through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to address the backlog of drinking water infrastructure needs

  • Dear Editor,

    Today one of the most important problems of the financial system is undercapitalization of the banks.  That restricts their ability to loan money to business, particularly short-term loans, the loans that contribute greatly to the flow of money in the system. There is an idea for providing that capital and reaping the consequent benefits.

  • Dear Editor,

    The United States should reconsider its support of Israel in light of the ongoing Gaza Strip war between Israel and Hamas.  The disproportionate use of Israeli force against Hamas was made possible by the United States. Israel is the major recipient of military aid from the U.S.

    This support of Israel by the U.S. is criticized by Atalia Orner, a Jewish acadelnic at the University of Notre Dame. She says the result is that American occupation of Iraq is equated with the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory.

  • Dear Editor,

    The Valles Caldera National Preserve is at a crossroads. Everyone involved with this 89,000 acre piece of public land now realizes that the legislation that set the Preserve up in 2000 is not working and will not work. The legislation needs to change and proposals will come forward soon to get this land opened and fully protected for all the American people who own it together.

  • Dear Editor,

  • As a cancer survivor, or as I prefer to say thriver, I often used to cringe when people would look at me and say, “Boy, you’re really brave to be going through all this.”

    I’d stand there, with no hair or a lop-sided wig, have dark circles under my eyes the size of plums, be feeling generally lousy and would look at them in astonishment.

    “How can I be brave when all I’m doing is what I have to do to stay alive? If I don’t do this I’ll die. That’s not bravery, that’s a no-brainer!”

  • There is an old idea being refloated recently that raises the idea of moving the responsibility of – at least parts of – the national laboratories to the Pentagon.

     

    As it was when this was talked about before, it is still a bad idea.

     

    We guess there is nothing wrong with the new Obama administration taking a look at the concept and in asking the Department of Defense and the Department of Energy to talk with stakeholders to see what this would entail.