• Read, read, read!

    Dear Editor,

    Seventy-five years ago – May 10, 1933 – the Nazis staged what is probably the most infamous of all book burnings.

    The burnings were a very public, very threatening public relations stunt organized by two Nazi student associations anxious to prove their allegiance to the government. The Nazi Purification Committee deemed more than 2,500 authors fuel for the fires, and thousands of books banned by the Nazi regime were tossed into the pyres.

    Minister for Popular Enlightenment and Propaganda Joseph Goebbels gave official approval to the event.

  • Worry about the quiet lab employees

    Dear Editor,

    I’m normally a pretty outspoken person, but even I have been squashed into silence at LANS. We’re all living in a town full of fear – again. We fear for our jobs, our families, and our way of life. We already know we won’t survive the next inevitable LANS budget crisis unscathed.

    I wonder who it is bothering to look seriously at the human toll this will bring? Or is humanity just a problem for the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to deal with?

  • Hope dies last

    Dear Editor,

    There is a prognosis that humanity can survive on this planet only for another 25 generations. The sun will continue to shine after that.

    I would like to remind the wisest in the lab and at the Santa Fe Institute and others that if one cares about a really long-term future, we must drastically change the order of things. We must stop making things useful only for killing and begin to make useful things that are to be distributed widely so as to make this planet secure for all.

  • Public needs bigger role in governing

    Dear Editor,

    In your March 30 editorial, this passage caught my attention: “We urge the public to come and become informed before the council adopts the budget on May 13.”

    This brings home a fundamental flaw in our current form of governance in our county. If the public’s function is solely to become informed, then one might ask, why bother?

  • Olions' 'Little Shop' a great show

    Dear Editor,

    This past weekend, the Los Alamos High School Olions Thespian Club gave five performances of the musical, “Little Shop of Horrors,” directed by Nina Saunders.

    That our high school has many very talented teenagers was clearly demonstrated in this musical. We can be proud of these students who worked long hours over the last two months both on and off the stage.

  • Politics: The other white meat

    Dear Editor,

    The other day, my doctor told me that I should be taking antibiotics for an ear infection. I immediately recognized his “hidden agenda” and yelled at him, “You’re just being medical! You’re only saying that for medical reasons! That’s your problem you know!” Well, now he thinks I need some other medication also.

  • Here we go again!

    Dear Editor,

    We had the civic center and the amphitheater in Overlook Park and the moving of the dump there to the unhappily titled “Convenience Center.”

    Once again, unhappiness comes to the fore in the question of the location of the skate park.

    Disgruntled folk who live nearby, the boards of the Library and Senior Center that will be proximate, and folks already grown cynical about the way the county leadership operates are unhappy once again.

  • Get into the excitement - and vote

    Dear Editor,

    With the excitement of the early Democratic presidential caucus behind New Mexican voters, many may not realize that the June 3 New Mexico primary election is fast approaching. There are still many things to be decided in both parties, including nominees for the Los Alamos County Council, and for the open House seat in the 3rd Congressional District.

  • DOE needs to clean up its waste

    Dear Editor,

    DOE needs to remember its requirement to clean up the environment before it creates more waste.

    The Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club asks that all work and expenditure toward nuclear pit production at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) be halted until the DOE recommits itself and its funds to the nuclear cleanup of LANL on the schedule to which it had previously agreed.

  • Volunteers needed to support runners

    Dear Editor,