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Opinion

  • 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.  

  • While running for office, President Obama promised that if elected, he would get us off OPEC oil within 10 years.  

    Two years are gone and we still don’t have a plan.  In fact, there is some evidence that we’re going in the wrong direction.  In July 2010, we imported 388 million barrels of oil. That’s the single largest import month since President Obama was inaugurated.

  • As I was watching the rodeo parade Saturday morning, one of Jeannette Wallace’s marching supporters came over and spoke to one of the onlookers in a voice obviously meant for everyone, “Stephanie Richard teaches school and has two young children. How could she possibly have time to be a representative?”  

    I thought this kind of sexist campaigning had gone the way of wearing high heels and pearls while sweeping – but, obviously, not in the local Republican party.

  • In July, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that the number of minority-owned businesses increased by 46 percent from 2002 to 2007.

    This is good news. These new businesses are creating jobs and driving local economic growth all across the country.

    However, this is no time to lessen the commitment or resources available to help minority small businesses grow and create jobs.

  • I read the article about the “Attack of the Yarn Bomber” and I wonder if the artist knows her outside works of art could be a death trap for snakes?

    Snakes can get into the knitted yarn but because of their scales, they can become trapped in the yarn and strangle themselves.

    This landscaping and bird netting is similar to the yarn.

  • Before I got cancer, I didn’t even believe in taking vitamins, let alone any “alternate stuff.”

    I mean who needs them if you eat properly. I used to think “Boy, you New Age people are weird.         

    What’s wrong with eating good healthy food, keeping fit and taking whatever the doctor orders?”

    Problem is, while all that conventional cancer medicine is draining out of your system, the wake of destruction it leaves behind does not.

  • In response to the letter from Glenn Walp in the Aug. 13 Monitor: Please stop, Mr. Walp.

    You cloak yourself in the role of a righteous American but the noise I hear is the self-serving bleating of someone eager for the spotlight to promote his new book.

    You previously besmirched thousands of true Americans with your extreme claims of thievery among the LANL workforce. Now you suggest that our terrorist adversaries will obtain the nuclear material to harm the United States from LANL.

  • Legacy. Hank Thoreau wrote that most of us “lead lives of quiet desperation.”  Another writer, William Faulkner, I believe, said that some of us are driven to leave a mark on history.  A “scratch on anonymity,” is how he phrased it, I think.

  • It’s a new school year and students are excited and enthusiastic as always!  Well, okay, maybe not.

  • Sad to say, Russia has it right when it comes to outlining the failed security at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.

    The President of the United States has been adequately warned — as have all of Congress ­— about this serious threat against America, yet they remain mute and do nothing.

    And that is Republican, Democrat and Independents.

    This issue is not about politics.

    It is the protection of these United States of America that we love.