• Letters to the Editor 11-25-15

    Consider giving to
    United Way campaign

    Each day I wake up and count my blessings. My health is good and I have access to great medical care if I need it. I have been able to complete three higher education degrees and will soon be starting a fourth.
    Over the course of my 31-year career in public safety. I have also been able to save some funds that should allow me a comfortable retirement. I live in a community that is not only located in one of the most beautiful parts or our great Earth, it also is blessed with great schools, low crime, great health care, great emergency services and caring and sharing people.  
    Not everyone in our community has experienced the wonderful blessings I have. Many are in need of our help to achieve good health, good education, and financial stability. We can make a life-changing difference for those in need by giving to the United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM). UWNNM covers both Los Alamos and Rio Arriba counties.
    A unique feature not true with most charitable organizations is that 100 percent of your donated dollar will go to those in need. All administrative costs that are normally deducted from your personal donation are covered by UWNNM Cornerstone Sponsors.  

  • Letters to the Editor 11-6-15

    Columnist Marita Noon ignores deleterious
    effects of fracking

    The op-ed in the Oct. 23 edition of The Los Alamos Monitor by oil-gas lobbyist Marita Noon reviews the evidence for the association between “fracking” and the increase in the number and magnitude of Oklahoma earthquakes. Her point, based on reports by Stanford geologist Mark Zoback and others, is the assignment of blame for the increase in earthquakes to the increase in “produced” water injection into conventional wells, not to water injection associated with the newer, rapidly proliferating fracking wells, thereby implying that fracking is OK.
    However, fracking also results in “produced” water, so whether the water being reinjected into the ground comes from fracking wells or oil recovery wells, Oklahoma earthquakes will continue to increase in number and magnitude  if the volume of produced water injected into oil wells continues to increase.

  • Letters to the editor 10-28-15

    Sunday editorials ruin reader’s good mood

    The Sunday (Oct. 25) editorial page showed me that you have indeed given up on putting out a newspaper.  In place of an editorial was a screed by someone working for the oil and gas industry, delightedly pointing out the error of the “anti-fossil crowd” regarding earthquakes. Fracking doesn’t cause earthquakes, gleefully says the writer. Reading carefully, one learns that the large increase in waste water generated by fracking causes earthquakes (because this water is injected back into the ground). Truly a distinction without a difference. I fully expect to read another shill next Sunday from the NRA stating that guns don’t kill people. People kill people.
    At least the writer didn’t call the anti-fracking concerns a communist plot. That particular slur is out of date, or so I thought.

  • Letter to the editor 10-14-15

    Putin It To Obama

    President Vladimir Putin just put it to President Barack Obama concerning the situation in Syria.
    They had a discussion about military involvement in Syria, and Putin convinced Obama the Russian air units in Syria would help with attacks on ISIL. However, Putin never considered attacking ISIL because his military forces are in Syria to bolster the Assad regime, and therefore they are bombing the U.S. backed anti-Assad rebels; and Russian ground forces are attacking the anti-Assad forces.
    The U.S. supplies the moderate anti-Assad rebels with arms and then the Russians bomb them and their equipment. The arms suppliers in the U.S. and Russia have to be laughing all the way to the banks.
    Once again, President Obama has placed the national security of the U.S. in jeopardy in order to placate another country. This subservience syndrome will embolden our potential adversaries in the world to test our military posture.
    Donald A. Moskowitz
    Londonderry, NH

  • Atomic City Transit, Dial-a-Ride prevented injury

    I would like to express my great appreciation for the excellence and professionalism of the drivers and staff of the Los Alamos Atomic City Transit and Dial-a-Ride. I was a passenger on an early morning Dial-a-Ride trip from White Rock to the Transit Center on Oct. 1 when an accident occurred on State Road 4, just outside White Rock.
    The extremely rapid reaction of the driver, Cliff, prevented a head-on collision that would have led to a much worse outcome for everyone involved. The driver then assisted the two passengers in quickly and safely exiting the bus through the emergency exit. His quick actions, plus the practice of seat belt use by Dial-a-Ride passengers prevented an injury to the bus passengers.
    After the accident, the dispatcher, Annette and the ACT manager provided all needed assistance with communication and transportation for the passenger.
    I also want to thank the Los Alamos police, fire, emergency medical and county services for an prompt and effective response. The first police vehicle was on the scene a minute after the event. The fire truck and the ambulance arrived immediately thereafter. They provided all necessary assistance. The county then cleared and cleaned the site and traffic was reopened as quickly as possible under the circumstances.

  • Letter to the editor 10-4-15

    30th-Annual Heart Council Health Fair a success

    The 30th-annual Los Alamos Heart Council Health Fair, held at Griffith Gymnasium on Sept. 26 was a tremendous success! We had over 2,000 attendees. There were more than 70 exhibitors representing a wide range of health-related organizations from Los Alamos and surrounding communities. A total of some 800 flu shots were given and hundreds of blood draws were done, as well as many other health screenings. With this year’s emphasis on children and families, hundreds more parents and children attended than ever before. More than 150 free bike helmets were given out at the fair and, in a new program, an additional 60 helmets will be given directly to elementary and pre-schools in Los Alamos. Hundreds of free children’s backpacks we given out, as well.

  • Thank you to volunteer exchange program host family

    This September, a family in Los Alamos enjoyed a special experience by welcoming into their home a high school exchange student from Germany. This volunteer host family is participating in the SHARE! Student Exchange Program for the 2015-16 school year. And this international exchange student is eager to learn about how Americans live.
    I am prompted to write an expression of enormous gratitude to the host family, the high school and community. As the regional director for this program, I have helped local coordinators find the host families and helped them select a student who best fits their family. Local coordinators and our regional office staff will supervise and monitor our families and exchange students throughout their stay.
    There are now several outstanding candidates awaiting host families for the 2016 spring semester. If anyone has thought about hosting, now is an excellent time to start.  Please contact me as soon as possible. This is a great opportunity to SHARE! your heart and home with the rest of the world.

  • Letters to the editor 9-11-15

    Appreciate the dirt work

    Over the past decade or so, I have had the opportunity to participate in how Los Alamos County would evolve in some areas: especially tennis and public works streets and roads, naming of public builds, etc. I tried to do more than being a voice bigger than I am, but tried to back up my positions with facts and figures. I was pretty rough on some the public works projects.
    While my letters were not always received well, I appreciated one of you telling me you did pay attention to what I wrote. I want to thank the council for its effort to continue to see that the tennis court surfaces in the county receive proper attention to keep them playable.
    It is appropriate that I write, since this is probably my last letter to you, be about public works and its streets and roads people. For many years, my (our: see the cosigners) cul-de-sac has been a most neglected piece of county roadway. Public works finally put the project on the books this year with Shelton and Erickson noting that the surface was pretty much dirt — well, we were growing grass there. The first efforts to remove a foot or so of material was met with even worse material below.

  • Letter to the editor 9-6-15

    Possibly finding common ground with Harold Morgan

    It is a pleasure, for once, to be able to agree with Harold Morgan.
    In his Wednesday column he says: “The left has a mythical attachment to raiding the Permanent Fund for money to spend on education.”
    I agree completely that the claimed attachment is entirely a myth. On the other hand, if he meant to say “mystical” ... well, we can’t all be William F. Buckley or George F. Will.
    For most of the rest of the column he returned to expected for, but he concludes with: “Less ideologically driven research would help.” Again, I would agree with him, but I suspect that he really only longs for research driven by a different ideology.

    Terry Goldman
    Los Alamos

  • Letter to the editor 9-2-15

    American Legion Post 90
    supports Christmas project

    American Legion Post 90 of Los Alamos is supporting Operation Christmas Child, a shoebox ministry of many churches across the United States.
    The Post is purchasing 50 inflatable soccer balls to go with the ones provided by White Rock Presbyterian Church.
    Each year, Mary Medendorp heads up the effort to collect shoeboxes to be packed with pens, pencils, writing paper, crayons, water colors, small stuffed animals, dolls and more. The soccer balls will be packed with a pump to bring the ball to life.
    In one instance, a young boy in a third world country this was a life changing gift experience. That gave him purpose and direction in his life.
    These shoebox Christmas gifts go all over the world in many countries, including some in the United States. The operation is worldwide.
    GI’s have always had a soft spot for kids. In one panel cartoonist Bill Mauldin shows Willie and Joe, in rumpled uniforms with a steel helmet and a rifle slung over their shoulders, handing out C-rations to a small group of kids.
    In my outfit we would toss chewing gum and candy bars to the French children as we passed through a village in a six-by-six.