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Today's Opinions

  • You, too can save the world

    When the disenfranchised (middle and lower classes) recognize that drugs, alcohol/unhealthy food and ignorance are the tools used by the greedy to control them, keeping them quiet and contained, then they must take remedying actions themselves — only then will real change unfold. “All you need is 20 seconds of insane courage.”
    If you truly want to stop the greedy from destroying America completely, then stop smoking, drinking, overeating, or doing drugs of any kind and diligently become the best “you” that you can imagine.  
    Doing so, taking control of your own life and your own world, will positively alter all the worlds around you.  Guaranteed.

  • Protect income for future generations

    The proposed Trinity Site lease makes no provision to protect Los Alamos Schools from inflation.
    It’s easy to understand how time will erode the value of our community’s income. The basic rent is $511,000 per year.
    First, from the terms of the lease, the best-case income after 25 years is $539,310. Second, what would the value of $511,000 be after 25 years of inflation?
    Call this X. We then take the ratio of 539,310.10/X to compute the fraction of $511,000 that our schools will earn in 25 years.
    Since we don’t know what inflation will do over the next 25 years, let’s consider historical data to get a range of possible outcomes.

  • Former tourism chief dies

    Former state Tourism Department Secretary Michael Cerletti was known to the public for his 10 years heading the department and two years at Expo New Mexico.
    But that wasn’t what made the recently deceased Cerletti the legend he was.
    Cerletti had a talent for taking aging hotels that had lost some of their charm and returning them to their former grandeur.
    In New Mexico, he began with La Posada de Santa Fe.
    Then he moved on to the old downtown Albuquerque Hilton and made it La Posada de Albuquerque.
    Then he took on the De Vargas Hotel near the state capitol and made it the stately St. Francis Hotel.
    Then it was the Sprawling Rancho Encantado guest ranch north of Santa Fe.

  • Trinity Site is innovative

     As a mom and teacher, I believe in helping younger generations thrive and grow. I support my students and help them find ways to contribute in a world that welcomes them.  
    Just the same, I hope that long-time Los Alamos residents want to support young families and give us the chance to share our talents and add amenities so we can fully live in Los Alamos.  
    Unfortunately, improvements that might make life better for families often do not get backing — the recent swimming pool vote is a perfect example.  
    If the new golf course building had come to a vote, would it have failed, too? I don’t know. But what I do know is that Los Alamos needs to be more visionary for all interests.

  • It’s good to hear someone listened

    Thank you Robert Gibson for speaking the truth about the Trinity Site, which has been screaming itself hoarse thinking no one was listening!

    JJ Maier
    Los Alamos

     

  • Let your voice be heard

    In the past week, reading both a cover story in the Los Alamos Monitor, and the Trinity INsite pamphlet I received in the mail, I am compelled to let my voice be heard and hope you will do the same.
    I want to acknowledge the work of the Trinity Site Revitalization Committee, some of whose citizen members have been active in the project for six years, and also the associated county staff.  They have volunteered with the objective of improving our community and I salute their efforts.

  • Time to stop debating and start building

    I have been reading letters to the editor and guest editorials about the wisdom of entering into an agreement with North American Development Group to develop the Trinity Site with Smith’s as the anchor tenant.  
    I served on the committee that extended an RFP for this project to more than 80 developers.  
    We chose the best five proposals on which to conduct due diligence and interview.  
    The committee was a diverse group of citizens who represented Los Alamos and White Rock with varied ages, family structures and backgrounds.  
    Our main objective was to maximize income for the Los Alamos Public Schools and select the best project presented to achieve this goal.  

  • Gary goes Libertarian

    Gary Johnson is moving. A few days ago, I told you where several of New Mexico’s former politicos are hanging out.
    I said former Gov. Gary Johnson usually could be found in the mountains of New Hampshire doing something adventurous plus a little politicking.
    Johnson felt like the victim in the famous movie “Catch 22.”
    He couldn’t get on the stage with other candidates for debates because his poll numbers were so low.
    And his poll numbers were low because the national GOP and its state affiliates omitted him from the ballots they prepared for news organizations to use in determining the candidates invited to speak.