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Opinion

  • “Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink,” is a memorable and usually misquoted paradox from Coleridge’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” It describes a ship stuck in the middle of the ocean, but it applies symbolically to many other situations.

    One of them is about work and unemployment.

  • “Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink,” is a memorable and usually misquoted paradox from Coleridge’s “Rime of the Ancient Mariner.” It describes a ship stuck in the middle of the ocean, but it applies symbolically to many other situations.

    One of them is about work and unemployment.

  • Sept. 2, 1752 was a Wednesday. Adding fourteen days (two weeks), can you figure out what day of the week Sept. 16, 1752 was?

    Halloween falls on a Saturday this year. July 4 next year will be on a Sunday.

    If you own a perpetual calendar, you can look these dates up.

    But without having a calendar handy, could you determine on what day of the week Valentines Day falls next year? Or Christmas? Your birthday? Uh, okay ... how about Easter Sunday?

  • KRSN has long been the voice of Los Alamos. It voices opinions, provides entertainment, brings us our football and basketball games, keeps the community in tune with itself, and most important it serves as a life line in times of emergency.

    For example, in the 50s, a little girl was lost in the woods after dark and patrols were everywhere looking for her. KRSN followed the search and when she was found, KRSN reported the good news and warned the community that the fire stations would sound their sirens to bring in all the patrols.

  • Over 200 bicycle riders registered for the 37th annual Tour de Los Alamos bicycle race on Sunday, July 12, 2009 in Los Alamos, with approximately half the participants competing in the citizens one-lap event (28 miles), and half the participants competing in the licensed two-lap (56 miles) or three-lap event (84 miles).  

    The youngest participant in the entire event, 14-year-old Gabriel Intrator from Los Alamos, was also the overall winner of the Citizen’s Race.

  • As citizens of our country, we have the right to complain about the things we do not like. We have the responsibility, however, to take positive action to improve what we feel is lacking. A basic problem of all government, identified by a Los Alamos citizen in 1959, is “the prevention of any one interest from gaining complete control at the expense of others.” The criticism was not about the presence of special interests, which can benefit society greatly, but about lack of control of those interests in government by government.

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    Picture every part of the environment having a string tied to it. The strings lead to concerns spaced in time and distance.

    At one end the strings all meet in a tangle of knots.

    That mighty tangle is world population.

  • It would be very entertaining to resurrect the Founding Fathers – the guys who fought to build a nation that would not suffer taxation without representation – and see the expressions on their faces when they see what that ideology has spawned.  Taxation “with” representation is our credo and we certainly do have representation.  Boy, do we have representation!  

     

    More so than most people realize.

     

  •  The authors of the “Think twice ….” op-ed (Monitor, July 16, 2009) were correct in stating that at the current human consumption rate today’s scale of renewable energy production is devastatingly bleak.

    Sharon Begley (Newsweek, March 23) summarized the outlook in scientific and engineering terms: “We cannot get there from here.”

  •  Each year, on Aug. 26, we celebrate Women’s Equality Day to pay tribute to those brave suffragists, like Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul and Ida B. Wells Barnett, who led the struggle for American women to win the most critical tool of democracy ­­- the right to vote.

    Women today not only have the right to vote, but we’ve made significant advances in the world of work, in education, in business and in many other arenas.

    Still, Women’s Equality Day 2009 offers the chance for a temperature check.

  • The credit roll for a typical feature film is several hundred names long.

    Even a television documentary is often at least a hundred people or organizations. In fact the collaborative efforts and acts of generosity and kindness for a typical educational or cultural video can be so long that the credit roll, in order not to take up half the show, has to be accelerated to the point that thanks and credits whiz by in an unreadable blur.

    There is almost never a power point at the national laboratory that doesn’t include a dozen names and sponsors.

  • Why do we need the Trinity Project? Does the county need it or want it, or does the school board need money?

    If the schools need money, there are most likely better ways to obtain it than at the expense of the future of Los Alamos’ downtown.

    If the council wants it, you would have to do a lot of explaining to the voters why and for what purpose we, the voters, still need it after we have experienced a significant economic downturn.

  • I believe that there are some essential requirements and considerations that must be addressed before any other requirements for the Trinity Site.

    1. The Trinity Site must permanently increase our tax base. Without this increase, we will never be able to enhance the amenities in this community.

    2. The Trinity Site should have a core store that provides the missing essential shopping needs of Los Alamos. Unless this core store covers these shopping needs, our citizens will continue to shop off the Hill to the detriment of the entire retail community.

  • OK, the cat’s out of the bag. I drink a tea made from Slippery Elm Bark, Burdock Root, Sheep Sorrel and Blessed Thistle. It tastes like dirt. I eat a handful of pumpkin seeds, take multi-supplements and drink a glass of wine each day.

    Why do I do this? I did it because it could cure my cancer and because it meant the difference between being able to stay on a clinical trial or not.

    I bet my doctor is groaning as she reads this: “She thinks tea and wine are going to cure her. She’s a fruit loop! And I thought she was so sensible.”

  • Impure but prized is the Rio Grande water allotted to cities and counties under the San Juan-Chama (SJC) Diversion pact. Los Alamos County’s share is 1,200 acre feet (390 million gallons), which county government foresees pumping from White Rock Canyon.

  • Independence Day came and went this year with the usual fanfare of fireworks, political speeches, flag waving, and of course backyard barbecues.

    As always, it was a time for families to get together and enjoy the comfort and safety that we all have come to expect in our lives.

    Some 7,000 miles away, U.S. soldiers (130,000 strong) continue to fight and die in a foreign land that has become little more than a line item on the weekend news shows.

  • In my view all of the options for the Trinity site development presented to the council on July 23 will lead to the eventual termination of negotiations with Boyer and with that we will lose any chance of getting a new big box store in the near future. This is an unacceptable outcome for our community.

  • Anybody who reads my ramblings knows that I like trivia, obscure facts and stuff like that.

    Well, my wife came across this on the web and I thought it was interesting enough to pass on. And besides, maybe you can learn something.

    • Stewardesses is the longest word typed with only the left hand.

    • Lollipop is the longest word typed with your right hand.

    • No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver or purple.

    • Dreamt is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt.”

  • The council is faced with two very important decisions right now. We think they are acting properly in regards to one but we have some serious questions about the other.

    When County Administrator Max Baker announced his decision to retire, we thought we were told that there would be an honest, open process. And while it is still early, we are still waiting for that process.

  • Education efforts in this country – and in New Mexico – continue to struggle. We have poured millions upon millions of dollars into our educational system with little or no result.

     

    We think it is a time for a change.

     

    In a recent report, the state Public Education Department said that there has been some improvement among student proficiency in math and reading during the past five years. The vast majority of schools still missed state-established goals for increasing student achievement.