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Today's Opinions

  • Two party system has got to go

    Mr. Pawlak was so close to “hitting the nail on the head with the hammer”, (I believe that was one of Reagan’s favorite sayings, but I may be wrong). There’s only one problem this country has that is going to be our downfall within a generation. The two party system.

  • He said, she said

    Newspapers are fond of offering you the quote of the day. Before returning, in coming weeks, to commentary on the legislative session’s big issues, I give you Quotes of the Session:
    Rep. Mimi Stewart, D-Albuquerque: “Unlike the Senate, we move quicker. They take a lot longer, and they don’t meet as often.” Comment during a meeting of the House Health and Government Affairs Committee, which Stewart chairs.
    Sen. George Muñoz, D-Gallup: “The House passes all these bills, and the Senate has to clean ‘em up.”

  • Light cast on social promotion

     What’s the secret to teaching kids to read? Many New Mexicans have been seriously pondering that question for well over a year. And even though nothing has passed the legislature, the focus on the problem is beginning to produce some good ideas. But some mysteries remain.
    The reason for this focus is the effort by Gov. Susana Martinez and Public Education Department Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera to not allow students to advance beyond the third grade level unless they read proficiently.
    The idea seemed rather extreme. The thought of 15-year-old third graders is scary. Guess who is going to be the class bully and the most disruptive student.

  • Protestors take too much credit

    The CMRR critics are taking too much credit for the CMRR deferral for 5 years by the Obama administration. The critics focus on their own efforts is human nature but the decision to delay CMRR is a political decision made by the Obama administration.

  • Are old buildings safer?

    If the seismic risk to any new building at LANL is so much larger than estimated before, would not the risk to the old CMR Building and PF-4 also be larger?  Wouldn’t a new building be safer than the old one?
    Alan Hack
    Los Alamos

     

  • Memo to teens: Show up to meeting

    Hey Teens, on January 17, I went to the final Phase One public meeting for the new Los Alamos Teen Center. I, along with lots of other teens and adults, learned lots of information on what the new teen center is going to look like, what it’s going to provide, and where it’s going to be – behind the Quest Building across from Ashley Pond.
     Everybody voted on either of two options: Path of Discovery or Prism. Path of Discovery will have circular features, and Prism will be very angular.
    Both options will have inside and outside decks, a snack area, a performing arts area, loud spaces, chill spaces, quiet spaces, and a multi-purpose area.

  • Year is up for Martinez

     A couple of months after Susana Martinez took office, I ran into an old friend who was once active in Republican party affairs and asked him whether he thought the new governor was up to the job.
    “Not yet,” he replied with a chuckle, “but give her a year and she should be.”
    My friend’s tempered response came in the wake of Martinez’s nomination of former Republican U.S. Sen. Harrison Schmitt to be her secretary of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department.

  • A Place for Idea People

    Imagine a place in our downtown designed to address housing and other needs of our early career “idea people” ... scientists, technologists, artists and innovators of all type ... and entrepreneurs.  What would it look like?  Where might be a good location?  What related amenities would benefit both the residents and the larger community?  The Los Alamos Creative District Steering Committee facilitated by Los Alamos MainStreet has been putting thought and effort into these and other questions.  An early outcome from this work will be a visit to Los Alamos in early March by representatives of PLACE, a non-profit niche developer based in Minneapolis.