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Today's Opinions

  • Wrong side of the screen

     Isn’t life beautiful?  Isn’t life gay?  Isn’t life the perfect way to pass the time away?
      I happen to like life.  Not because the alternative is worse, but rather because it’s like strolling down a buffet of infinite choices, an endless avenue of experiences, a 24-hour a day variety show hosted by all sorts of people.
     And sometimes it’s more like a talk show where you want to stand, pick up your chair, and smash it against the guy sitting next to you.  Yeah, life can be fun.
     But lately I get the ugly feeling that I’m on the wrong side of the screen.
     My world is missing so many wonderful things that less dimensional people seem to enjoy.

  • Reader voices support for Zimmerman traffic option

    This is to warn the citizens of Los Alamos that an effort is being made to discredit the currently proposed re-design of NM 502 (Trinity Drive), which some have called the Zimmerman option, using two myths:
    Myth #1. “The proposed roadway would provide lower capacity than the current road and would increase congestion.”
    Myth #2.  “The roundabout would lead to ‘built-in’ traffic conflicts and would present an unsafe environment for cars, motorcycles, and pedestrians.”
    These myths contradict the judgments of professional traffic engineers who have been hired by the county and have presented their findings at meetings of the NM 502 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).

  • You can't ignore history

    In 1982, I learned more about fish, Lake Michigan, and Indian treaty rights than I thought possible. The Ottawa and Chippewa tribes had won a Supreme Court case that reaffirmed their rights to fish on the lake. White commercial and sport fishermen were so riled, they smashed Indian boats and roughed up Indian fishermen.  
    I was contracted for six months to build a public information campaign that would calm public sentiment enough for the tribes to fish in peace. I brought with me from New Mexico a familiarity with Indian issues and PR experience defending unpopular causes (an electric utility).

  • How is this going to help?

    Gov. Susana Martinez wants to exempt small businesses paying less than $200 a month in gross receipts tax from having to pay the tax.
    She says it will affect over 40,000 small businesses in the state, most of which are one-person businesses.
    I am one of those businesses and the chances are fairly good that you may be one too.
    And for the life of me, I can’t figure out how it is going to help anyone. Supposedly it will help me hire an employee.
    This column appears in many newspapers around the state but even if it appeared in all of them, it isn’t enough to share with anyone but my wife, who does the bookkeeping for free.

  • 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.