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Opinion

  • By Betsy Gillette, director of market research and planning, Technology Ventures Corporation

    Intelligence gathering isn’t just for international spies and private detectives. It’s also a way to identify one’s business rivals and compile information about them in order to gain a competitive advantage.

  • By Dr. E. Kirsten Peters

     

    One of the better phases of childhood, it has always seemed to me, is playing with codes and secret messages. You may remember a summer’s afternoon with “invisible ink” made from lemon juice. Perhaps your playmates devised code games for writing based on substituting numbers for letters, or you spent a day slowly beating out an important message in Morse code for the neighborhood kids to hear.

  • Recently, I read Marita Noon’s guest column, “What’s wrong with this picture?” (Monitor, May 14).  I had read several of her previous guest columns, most recently “Are we becoming energy socialists?” (Feb. 25) and “Developing our raw potential” (Feb. 5).

    The articles advocate further exploitation and use of oil, gas, coal and uranium, along with development of energy bridges (e.g. tar sands) and renewables.

  • Dear Editor,

    I was dismayed at the Monitor’s editorial in opposition to the county council’s decision to provide UNM-LA with a $150,000 grant: $100,000 for classroom upgrades and $50,000 for operational support.

    The county provides significant funding to many organizations and projects, which can be described as “quality of life,” among them, all recreation programs including the Aquatic Center, purchase of sculptures for Ashley Pond and elsewhere and new light posts along Central Avenue (to name a few).

  • Dear Editor,

    Richard Foster’s letter to the editor, 14 May 2009 distorts the issue of peace in the Middle East vis á vis Israel.  This letter is his opinion, quite clearly not grounded in historical fact.  

    For information that is fact-grounded, www.camera.org is an excellent resource.

    Jeri Berger Hertzman

    Los Alamos

  • While state officials are applauding the Obama administration’s plan for curbing vehicle emissions and requiring manufacturers to make vehicles that are more fuel efficient, we hope you all know that we have lost some more freedoms.

    It seems that the government can take away one freedom after another and we hardly notice.

    The freedom you lost this time was the one to make a personal choice.

  • Los Alamos will lose more than its county administrator at the end of the year. It will lose a steady hand that has taken the county through some tough times.

    Since Max Baker took over the county in December 2004, the difference in how things are done has been more than noticeable.

    For those who were here during that crazy year of 2004, you remember the fighting that went on between council and administration and the ugly exchanges which eventually led to the messy resignation of the administrator.

  • Monday is Memorial Day. But it should be so much more than a day off from work to picnic with the family and kick-off the summer season. It continues to carry an even greater meaning during a time of war like we are now experiencing.

    A sizable number of American soldiers have died in service to their country in the Middle East. And agree or disagree with the actions, do not blame the men and women who are serving and especially those who have died for us.

  • People adept at Scrabble use some pretty strange words.  My wife’s vocabulary is “slightly” better than mine and when we are Scrabbling, I might play a word like “rock” and then she’ll play one like “ozaena.”

    I’ll challenge her play, claiming that such a word doesn’t exist. She shrugs and tells me that it means having a fetid discharge from the nostrils. That’s usually more than I want to know and so I won’t bother asking her what fetid means.

  • Dear Editor,

    Thomas Roach, pavement division director for the county, had a great article in Sunday’s paper reminding homeowners of their responsibility to keep the sidewalks clear for pedestrian traffic. In the same spirit, I’d like to invite the county to discharge its responsibility to keep the sidewalks repaired.

  • Dear Editor,

    A few days ago, a lady called me to ask how to get a bullsnake out of some bird netting. When she called back to let me know that the snake was freed, she also told me that if she hadn’t gotten the snake out when she did, it would have strangled to death in the netting. It is a slow and tortuous death. The plastic fibers dig into the snake’s flesh and slowly strangle it. Once a snake is in this netting, it cannot get out.

    The more it struggles, the more it entangles itself and death is the ultimate result.

  • By JAY MILLER

    Syndicated Columnist

    SANTA FE -- Except for the land commissioner contest, all of New Mexico's down-ballot statewide races have incumbents seeking office again.

    Secretary of State Mary Herrera, Attorney General Gary King, Treasurer James Lewis, and auditor Hector Balderas all are in their first term of office and eligible to seek a second four-year term.

  • Patients often approach their physicians with questions spurred by something they’ve seen on TV or read in a newspaper.

    Recently, a member of LAMC’s medical staff received this question from a patient: “What is LAMC doing about ‘superbugs’?”

     What are superbugs?

    Even in a state of health, the body houses many germs. Germs such as bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites can enter the body through tubes, needles, open skin, eyes, nose and mouth.  

  • We’ve all heard the phrases “Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY)” and “Think Globally, Act Locally.”

     

    But have you ever considered how the phrases might apply to you?  Let’s take NIMBY, for example.   

     

    None of us would want a junk yard, pig farm, or coal-fired power plant in our backyard. But how do you define backyard?  

     

  • Thursday in  Rio Rancho it was just like a campaign rally of old. Cheers echoed inside the high school’s gymnasium as President Obama held a town hall meeting.

    While we might wish that his presidency had a little less of the campaign style and more of a presidential flavor to it, it is what it is.

    But there was one thing that was different from the campaign – where was the governor?

    During Obama’s campaign stops, Gov. Richardson was right there, front and center. He was the ringmaster, leading the charge.

  • In the world of today, money is tight. The only ones who seem to have money is the federal government - and they are borrowing to the hilt.

    But state government is strapped, as is Los Alamos Schools.

    In an effort to help the situation here, Ellen Mills, president of the Los Alamos Federation of School Employees, told the school board that the union argeed to take a pay cut.

    This action should not be just brushed away without notice, it is an extraordinary event that deserves notice and praise.

  • We understand that the University of New Mexico branch at Los Alamos is a real asset to the community. And we understand that it has felt the bite of the recession with a downturn in enrollment, causing some financial difficulities.

    But we really do not understand the county giving the school $150,000 in financial assistance. That seems be beyond what the county should do.

    We are all supportative of UNM-LA and think this institution should be supported by the community. Just not with taxpayer money.

  • Remember the various sorting exercises you did in kindergarten to learn differentiation? Maybe you have five round items and one cube.

    You learned “differentiation” by sorting the items into groups and determining which item did not belong.

    Carry those same skills into your logic and understanding today.

    The National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) recently released their 2009 list of the 11 most endangered historic places. Ten items belong in this group.