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Dr. Kovalenko’s letter “Discovering the county council’s disconnect” in the Nov. 16 edition of the Los Alamos Monitor provided an interesting perspective on local politics.
However one felt and voted on the leisure pool project, the gross misreading of public sentiment by the Los Alamos County Council was remarkable.
The fallacy is to believe that 50-70 ardent people showing up for a cause represents the public at large. I offer another example: the endless push for roundabouts on Trinity. Red flags galore have been raised about the entire idea.
It has been met with considerable and consistent public resistance from the very beginning. Detailed studies performed by intelligent Los Alamos residents have demonstrated that roundabouts on Trinity would be detrimental to motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.
The necessary support is once again insufficient to warrant proceeding. If the public requests a vote on a vastly bigger issue than a leisure pool, I predict roundabouts would go down 3:1 if not 5:1.
Yet, council continues to spend money to perpetuate roundabout studies by outside experts. Why is there a disconnect between the broader public and the council?
Anthony A. Amsden
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