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Opinion

  • Ready for some Thanksgiving quotes? I don’t mean the “I’m thankful for my Nintendo Wii” or the “I’m thankful for my new car” quotes that we hear all too often lately.  I mean some real Thanksgiving quotes that remind us of what we really have to be thankful for.
    Here are 10 Thanksgiving quotes to celebrate and ponder:
    •“The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.” —H.U. Westermayer

  • This intangible thing we call freedom is interpreted differently by just about every individual, but one aspect that’s not open for debate is that we enjoy freedom because of the sacrifices made by countless men and women of our armed forces. We must never question that freedom is worth fighting for, and dying for. That very concept was the genesis of the United States of America.

  • Some amount of stress is inevitable in life and positive stress can also be helpful to thrive in life. But uncontrollable stress is the major concern that may cause harm.  When you feel stressed, your body always reacts to it. As medically proven, long term stress damages your body seriously and causes various chronic ailments.

  • My favorite epoch in Earth history is the Ice Age, the time in which saber tooth tigers and giant mastodons roamed the world. The Ice Age ended 10,000 years ago when – quite abruptly – the bitter temperatures of the time gave way to our present, balmy epoch.
    Natural history museums often have the skeletal remains of Ice Age mammals. They are enough to inspire awe in part because many of the species alive during that time were much bigger than modern animals. The Ice Age was a time of giant deer and moose, with a species of beaver as large as a modern black bear.

  • I recently posed the following two questions to all seven county council candidates and made them aware that I would be making their responses public.
    •Do you plan to vote yes or no on the Hannemann mail-in initiative to build a replica of the old Municipal Building on Ashley Pond Park?
    •What is your stand on this initiative?
    Following is a synopsis of the candidate’s responses in the order that I received them:

  • After the recent League of Women Voters Forum, I spoke with Gary Ahlers, Republican candidate for magistrate judge.  I want to thank him for agreeing to publish the whole and complete public record of all his felony and misconduct charges, including the disposition of every charge, on his Web site (www.garyahlers.com) by Sunday. He thanked me for the suggestion.  

  • Now the fun part begins. Former state Rep. John Mershon of Alamogordo isn’t with us anymore but that’s what the conservative finance chairman would say right now as state lawmakers begin to wrestle with devastating budget cuts.
    Two years ago lawmakers implemented the easy cuts, raiding our hefty reserves, removing unused money from capital outlay projects and searching out hidden slush funds throughout state government.
    Last year, it got more serious.
    A hiring freeze began reducing the number of state employees.

  • Self Help Inc, a locally-based non-profit dedicated to assisting those residing in Northern New Mexico since 1969 has up to $1000 “seed money” available to individuals and small businesses seeking skill improvement, equipment and resources to further their businesses and enhance financial self-reliance.  

  • Reading Victor Gavron’s letter in the Monitor reminded me that I wanted to thank Councillor Vincent Chiravalle for his vote to support the fact-finder’s recommendation on the firefighter contract.

    It is not at all clear to me why council voted “no” on the recommendation and substituted an embarrassingly low wage hike in its place.

    As Mr. Gavron reminds us, living here is expensive.

    But we are arguably among the most affluent counties in the country.

  • Editor’s note: What Pawlak calls censorship, we call editing for good taste. Like all newspapers, we reserve the right to edit and to decline to print anything we deem unfit for a family newspaper of general circulation. He said he sent the same column to the New Mexican. They also said they would not print it. He gets to argue his case here.

    Censoring has been going on ever since written language was invented. You think those scratches over cave paintings are a coincidence?  

  • I just want to thank the various people in Los Alamos — including the acting film liaison — who have helped move along a feature-length documentary project I have been shooting key parts of in Los Alamos.

    And I hope to shoot a few more as the project wraps up.

     Los Alamos is an extraordinarily beautiful place, rich in history.

    And seems to me to be a bit under-utilized in terms of film location work.

  • I am writing in regard to a problem that I have noticed increasingly in the last several months.

    I walk my dog daily in White Rock and I always keep her on a leash.

    I am aware that county leash laws state that “animals off owners premises need to be on a leash.”

    However, many people in the neighborhood allow their dogs to be off leash while in their front yards.

    Although these dogs are initially on the homeowners’ property, they often leave the property and run over to my dog and me.

  • The headline read “Council approves road facelift for White Rock. They hope NM4 redesign will make drivers stop and shop.”

    Shop where?

     

    Camille Morrison

    White Rock

  • The term “Superfund site” makes few of us think first of a dry cleaners. Yet nationwide, plain old dry cleaning fluid is a common and costly threat to groundwater, including by the Rio Grande 20 miles north of Los Alamos.

      This is the story of that problem and progress made on it.  

  • In today’s rapidly evolving media landscape, news and information products constantly have to be evaluated, changed, updated, and, in some cases, abandoned.

    Why?  Because the needs of readers are changing just as rapidly; a product that was highly read and utilized just a year or two ago, can become passé with a relatively minor advance in technology or a common shift in reader behavior.

    The Los Alamos Monitor is engaged in just such an evaluation with our weekly entertainment/TV listings publication, Kaleidoscope.

  • War in Ciudád Júarez has brought economic improvement in El Paso. The Júarez drug violence has pushed the city’s famous nightlife north across the border into El Paso. Retail activity has come along.

  • Our county council chambers are emblazoned with a quotation attributed to Thomas Jefferson: “Every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle.”

    During the last two years, I have served as chair of the White Rock Master Plan Implementation Committee. Prior to that, I served on the steering committee that assisted MIC with their master plan study for the White Rock community center.

    However, I write today as a private individual, not as a member of the WRMPIC.

  • Some of us have never found a single dollar bill on the sidewalk. But once in a blue moon a lucky soul in the upper Midwest reaches down into the Ice Age deposits of our country and plucks out a diamond.  

    It doesn’t take much geologic knowledge to recognize a diamond in the rough as an interesting and valuable object.

    Diamonds are the hardest mineral in the Earth, which means they will scratch quartz, window glass and even other hard gems like ruby and emerald.

  • Don’t touch that dial!  Remember how TV announcers used to say that before a commercial break?  

    How many kids today would even know what a dial is?  Before you know it, pushing buttons will be a distant memory, too.

    Things have really changed since I was a kid (you know, back when they first invented electricity).  

    We didn’t have remotes for the TV set.  There were six or seven channels to choose from (we only had that many because we got all the NYC stations) and they were mostly black- and-white.  

  • As one resident of this county whom the council allegedly represents, I hereby request that it cease and desist the bullying of our firefighters. As Councilor Vincent Chiravalle has said, we should pay them according to the fact-finder’s report and implement its recommendations.