• Back when 529 was under debate, one of the concerns/ issues was the omnibus nature of the ordinance. It placed many in the difficult position of voting for something one was against in order to vote for something one agreed with, or, conversely, voting for something wanted in order to vote against something not wanted.

  • There are several reasons why the LAHS boys’ victory in the state cross country 4A finals should have been on the front page of Sunday’s paper instead of the back page. Academy, ranked number two in the entire USA, had beaten Los Alamos four times during the season and were overwhelming favorites. They scored two of the top three places in the race and had three very fast runners to back them up.

  • Thank you, Mr. Pawlak, for answering my letter precisely as I expected someone in this audience to answer: “Well heck, let’s just blame those greedy, evil doctors for malpractice!”  Honestly, I have seldom met more dedicated and concerned human beings than doctors, and I include doctors worldwide for that matter!

  • SANTA FE — Hold onto your hats. The 2008 congressional elections will be like none other in the history of the state. Three, and possibly four, of New Mexico’s five seats in Congress will be wide open awaiting a decision by voters. This is the best opportunity New Mexico politicians have ever had to nail themselves a seat in Congress. For those who have been biding their time for years, waiting for just the right situation, it has arrived.U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici’s surprise retirement announcement set the action in motion.

  • My friend Barney from New Jersey has been keeping up with New Mexico blogs.That gives him a huge advantage in that he knows more about what is going on with day-to-day state politics than I do, and I am supposed to know.Barney enjoys working the edge during his disruptive calls.“So what’s the deal, do you think it will hurt New Mexico when Tom gives up his important House committee seat?” he asked the other day, setting the bait.OK, I knew he was talking about Tom Udall, the northern congressman who is running for the Senate

  • The county’s proposed agreement with the school district over the land and income for the Trinity Site project is something that must be studied carefully.

    It is true that the schools need a reliable revenue stream and new facilities to replace the old Quonset huts along Trinity Drive.

    And the county needs land along Trinity for its economic development plans.

  • The council discussed water supply issues at its meeting Tuesday.

  • The council’s vote on proceeding with the planned skateboard park in front of Mesa Public Library was a necessary action.While it was good to see those who were concerned with the project speaking up and offering options, the option they offered – the parking lot south of the Community Building – was not a viable option.Like it or not – and most people do like it – parking is a necessary evil.

  • Our very own Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson told a Florida group that the U.S. should pay teachers a minimum of $40,000 a year, add a federal student arts program and cover student loans for two years in exchange for national service.The proposals were part of a $60 billion education plan the New Mexico governor unveiled earlier this month.But Richardson, who hovers near the bottom in the polls, provided few details about how he would pay for the proposals during a fundraiser Monday.Or even if it can be done federally.

  • Dear Editor,

    My friend Joe recently died. He built my favorite trail - one that gets me quickly from my home in the Western Area to my job at the lab. The day after he died, I'm invited to tour this trail with some county officials and a friend - a "concerned citizen," who wants to know exactly where the new bypass road will go and how it will affect this trail.

  • Dear Editor,

    I want to express my deep sadness - even dismay - at the rather dismal response to our community's United Way campaign. The 6-percent Los Alamos National Laboratory employee participation rate (as of Friday) is simply shocking.

  • Dear Editor,

    There are many communities served by your United Way of Northern New Mexico Service area.

  • For many years, consumers living in apartments and condos have been enjoying the benefits of multichannel television service provided through freely negotiated service agreements between the television service providers (multichannel video programming distributors – or MVPDs – like cable TV and private cable companies) and the owners or managers of the apartments and condos where they live (multi-dwelling units or MDUs).

  • I disagree with the notion that we can pour as much water on our lawns as we want while exhorting the rest of the state to solve “their” water problem. That has been the gist of numerous suggestions in recent months that we need not conserve water in Los Alamos.

    We live in a dry region. The water supply and usage patterns in Los Alamos may be different than in much of the state, but that gives us neither moral nor political license to waste such a precious resource.

  • New Mexico needs a franchise quarterback. Someone who can think deep, throw long, shake off the sack, rally the troops, charge ahead.

    We're down by a field goal with 54 seconds on the clock. Who's going to take time out, devise a strategy, march us down the field?

    We're not talking football here. This isn't about the Lobos or Aggies. This is about the government shutting down Cannon, cutting back at Los Alamos, shaving jobs at WIPP, withholding homeland security law enforcement funds from Farmington.

  • Dear Editor,

    I would like to express my support for the planned skateboard park in front of Mesa Public Library. Our Comprehensive Plan, adopted by our county council in 2005, includes 14 directives. Two of those are to enhance youth activities and to improve recreation. The development of a downtown skateboard park would address these directives and go a long way in showing that our community values our youth and recognizes their needs.

  • Dear Editor,

    You were right! "Dracula" was a wonderful production. A friend and I attended Saturday afternoon's performance and got seats in the third row. This was my first ballet ever - at least my first live performance.

    How lucky are we living in a town this size to experience talent like that. NMDT can count on my support in the future. Thanks to you all for a memorable afternoon.

    Steven G. Shaw

  • Dear Editor,

    We can only hope that your anointment of Ron Dolin as "spokesman for LANL workers" is rapidly seen for the nonsense it is. The so-called "Save Our Science" rally was nothing more than political grandstanding, as was clearly evident as the politicos and special interests far out-numbered the handful of employees present in the whopping 30-40 people that reportedly attended the "event" - and speeches were nothing more than sound bites intended for easy media copy instead of any true substance.

  • Dear Editor,

    More thought is certainly needed for the location(s) of a skateboard park. I do not think adjacent to the library, museum and police-municipal-judicial complex is the right location - or even the best location.

    Integrating with an existing recreation area, open park or park-like space makes better sense. If another skateboard facility is needed (not part of Urban Park), then a good candidate is the open area between Canyon Road and Central (currently grass), immediately east of the old school (rented to the lab).

  • Like it or not, trick-or-treaters will be running around Wednesday evening. We need to make it as safe a time as possible.

    Halloween is a time of fun for children, but it can be a scary for parents and drivers. Children are often out after dark, crossing busy streets and perhaps going to unfamiliar homes.

    This year, with Halloween falling on a school day, drivers need to be particularly cautious.