This week's comment of the week is aimed at the recent Los Alamos Monitor article, Our view: An Undisclosed Evaluation. What makes this Monitor story noteworthy is that for the very first time in memory the Monitor acts as if it has grown a respectable pair of Huevos.
Every other article that Ralph Damiani, Publisher/Editor has allowed into print in his company town rag has been a textbook example of how to kowtow to LANL management. The spin on his LANL stories have always been nearly as one-sided as the puff pieces that come out of the lab's own Public Affairs Office. Bad news is soft-peddled or ignored completely. Management malfeasance is glossed over.
But not this piece. While the article attempts to place the burden of blame for LANL's current problems on NNSA (and who can find fault with that logic?), passing mention of LANL management's share of the blame is given.
Regardless, this article spoke mostly truth about one of our "most visible and iconic national jewels".
Ok, so a bit of kowtowing remains, but still; it's as if Ralph got himself a big ol' testosterone injection some time in the past month.