• The value of a life is not something to ponder

    When we moved to Los Alamos, we were warned that Letters to the Editor in the local paper might include mathematical formulae, so I was not surprised but pleased by Ms. Max’s recent letter where she used mathematics to point out likely errors in the consultant’s presentation on the Trinity Drive project.
    As she indicates, the crash rate shown in the presentation comparing the state, county and N.M. 502 crash rates indeed pertain to crash rates per 100 million vehicle miles, not million vehicle miles, and I suspect that the N.M. 502 crash rate listed applies either to the portion of NM 502 within Los Alamos County, or possibly even its whole length from Pojoaque. I agree that this should be corrected in any future presentation.

  • It really does take a village

     My Labrador Coalby and I just got certified as a FEMA Urban Disaster K9 team. We are now deployable anywhere to respond to urban disasters (i.e. what Japan is going through right now.)  
    We could not have accomplished this without the support of several community members and establishments.  
    Thank you to Ed, Michelle and Conrad (Lee) at the Black Hole, Paul Parker, Aspen School Principal Kathryn Vandenkieboom and her staff, my K9 wilderness team Mountain Canine Corps (especially Trish Mylet.)
    Also, the 2009 Los Alamos Leadership class that helped us get off on the right paw, Lette Birn, and Ridgeview Veterinary Hospital.  

  • Texting around POTUS is risking business at best

    Saturday, March 19 at 11:49 EDT, MSNBC was broadcasting live in anticipation of President Obama’s joint appearance in Brasilia with President Dilma Rousseff.
    On a split screen, a camera focused on the doors through which the two presidents would proceed to the dais.  There were staff and Secret Service agents in and out of the antechamber. There was a female agent in view, and then a male agent appeared, carrying a cell phone.  While the first agent kept watch, the other texted continuously for one and one-half minutes, occasionally looking up from his phone.

  • Use less oil and we are less vulnerable

    Our own Sen. Jeff Bingaman has been drawing accolades for his speech before the senate March 17 on gasoline and oil prices.  
    Among many who reviewed his speech, David Roberts of grist.com called his speech “a beam of light ..., which didn’t get the attention it deserved.
    Bingaman is not normally a talky guy. Nor is he given to grand political gestures. He’s cautious by temperament (to a fault, I’d argue).
    Despite his reticence, though, he is among the very few senators who actually understand energy.”

  • Casa Mesita donates to 11 nonprofits

    We would like the public to know that Casa Mesita Group Home received their usual monthly allocation from Casa Mesita Trift Shop while they were closed in 2009. That amount was 30 percent less June 2010 to January 2011.
    Since January 2011, we have been helping to support LA Cares, Family Strengths Network, Veterans Memorial Fund, RSVP Quilters, LARSO Day Out Program, Sage Cottage, LAHS Friday Lunch Program, Salvation Army, Special Olympics, Search & Rescue and LA Group Home Inc.
    Good items that do not sell in a reasonable amount of time are re-cycled to several organizations. Volunteers receive in-store credit for the hours that they work. They all pay for items above their credit earned.

  • When does human life begin?

    When does that ethereal entity known as a soul enter a fetus? Many religions say it is at the moment of conception.
    There is no legal or civil determination, nor should there be since a soul is a purely religious concept.
    Some states have enacted laws that call the termination of a pregnancy, at various stages, murder. If murder is defined as “the killing of another human being,” we have come back to the basic question: Is a fetus an individual human being or a soulless growth that is an integral part of an individual person?

  • Groping passengers has really gone much too far

    Last week, with little fanfare in the media, the TSA airport passenger inspectors boasted that the Patriot Law allowed them to strip-search any airline passenger at any time for no reason at all — that means your little son, or your grandmother.
    This was followed by the TSA threat of inspecting train and even car passengers.
    Clearly our Congress has created a Frankenstein, one that is not accountable to the U.S. Constitution and the 4th Amendment prohibiting unreasonable search and seizure.
    It is ironic that even Hitler’s Nazis did not X-Ray or grope German passengers, while TSA employees are doing it to Americans every day.  

  • Either thoroughfare or bypass

    I certainly agree with John Pawlak’s March 11 letter concerning some decisions made regarding Los Alamos street planning.
    Indeed, Trinity Drive can be made to look more attractive, but it should not be made a copy of Central Avenue, a mere one block north.
    Function is critical.
    A snow plow trying to clear Central Avenue around the cutouts is painfully slow.
    Traffic lights placed strategically can solve most pedestrian problems.
    As a friend explained, we need either one thoroughfare in town or a bypass.

    Peggy Bradberry

  • Highway through center of town seems a bit odd

    Much of the discussion regarding the new design of Trinity Drive evolves around the density of traffic.  
    Why do we allow a State Highway, SR502, to commute through the center of Los Alamos?  
    Why not investigate an alternate route such as Los Alamos Canyon?  
    There is an old road in Los Alamos Canyon that exists from SR4 to past the ice rink. It could link to a round-about at Trinity and Diamond and disperse the same amount of traffic to the Lab, North Community and downtown.
    It would require more creative thinking, time and effort.

  • U.S. vulnerability continues to grow

    The Middle East has the capacity to destroy the United States.
    Not by sending terrorists to bomb our cities, but by wasting our resources in futile efforts to bring western democracy to a region and culture that doesn’t want it or understand it.  
    Much as it rends my heart to see the Egyptian military re-assert its control after the so-called “revolution,” and to see the Libyan rebels about to be massacred by Libya’s maniacal desert sheik, President Obama is absolutely correct to keep our military out of it.