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Today's Opinions

  • Hope for campaign financial reform

    To the Editor:
     For many years the League of Women Voters has supported legislation to bring about campaign finance reform.
     Two years ago, in a 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision (ironically, called Citizens United), corporations were given the green light to spend unlimited amounts of money in our nation’s elections. Since then, more than $4 billion has been unleashed in campaign spending by corporations, drowning out the voices of everyday citizens in our democracy.
      The dismal impact has been felt across the board, including in the Republican presidential primaries.  Senator John McCain called the Citizens United decision the worst in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • All about Ashley Pond

    Dear Editor:
       The original pond would collect water in the wet months, and it could be useful, especially for livestock and wildlife, and if fortunate in the winter it would have enough ice to cut blocks from for the ice house.  In the early 20s, a pipe was built from Los Alamos Creek and a pump installed so that the pond could be kept deeper and prevented from turning into a mud pit in the dryer months.  The Los Alamos Ranch School was in a continual process of improving its property and the effectiveness of its operations.  The depression that we play on, and sit upon, and watch kids roll downward on represents the depth of the pond when water was pumped from the canyon.  

  • The thing about trophies...

    My youngest son played T-ball a couple of years ago.  He didn’t really play. He kept the dugout safe, though.  
    He made sure the dugout bench was warm by lying on it.
    He kept track of the equipment too.  When asked to go out to the field to play, he refused because it was too cold.  
    I am not even sure if he went up to bat.  He probably did, because that is the fun part.  He sat on the ground when he was at base.  
    He was a horrible T-ball player. But, regardless of his complete lack of participation he got a trophy at the end of the season. It was a cute little bobble-head thing.  He liked his trophy.

  • Let's move forward on Trinity Site

    I am convinced that having a big box store on the Trinity site would generate the most revenue for our public schools. The lease agreement that has been negotiated between the county and NADG allows for the development of the site without requiring any financial contribution from the county. This is beneficial to the county because other alternatives to a big box store would most likely have the county taking on the role of developer with the county making lease payments to the public schools directly.

  • Bright future for Trinity Site?

    Fill the Trinity Site space with solar cells and sell the energy into the local grid.  Forgive the cliché, but we could “kill two birds with one stone.”
    Many consider human driven climate change and increasing consumerism to be among the greatest threats to our future. A solar trinity site would help reduce both threats and provide sustained revenue.
    Using the “Los Alamos National Laboratory/Los Alamos County Renewable Energy Feasibility Study” as a guide, six acres is required to produce one megawatt of solar energy. Google searches of existing US solar power plants average ten acres per megawatt.  

  • CB Fox supports Trinity Site

    CB FOX unequivocally supports the Trinity Project. We have since its conception and continue to do so.
    It’s been suggested that more competition via the arrival of new brand name retailers at the Project will harm CB FOX. We patently do not subscribe to that notion, but instead are certain that significantly increased retail choice will significantly increase retail traffic in Los Alamos.  
    And RE: the prediction that the internet will dominate and destroy, CB FOX has not in all the years the internet has gathered in increased sales nationally, CB FOX has not been hurt by it and in fact the opposite is true: we have grown at a better than 8% clip every year since 2007.

  • Trinity Site will last 73 years

    We face a significant decision on the Trinity Site.  It is essential to consider the impact on future generations and closely look at the business details because the agreement will last 73 years.  
    Whether or not one agrees with the project, the citizens and staff who worked tirelessly should be thanked.  
    Hundreds of hours, good faith  and personal commitment mark their efforts.  
    In business terms, we are playing a very weak hand.  
    The worst economic downturn since the Depression serves as the backdrop to our effort to bring new retail to a community struggling to attract business.  
    It is not surprising that the results are uninspiring.  

  • Broadband for everybody

    In the upcoming meeting this Tuesday night, the county council will be considering moving forward in creating a county broadband network called the Community Broadband Network (CBN). The council vote on Tuesday could be one of the most important votes for our future needs. The country is moving forward and the question is will Los Alamos County join in the future of our nation -- or be left behind?
    The CBN is a complete fiber network and would include every home and business, extending fiber into every premises. Currently, some of the Internet services from major providers are not adequate for the coming revolution in digital services.