• Letters to the editor 7-3-14


    The Y helps people with financial aid

    Reviewing applications for financial aid is truly a humbling experience.

    I communicate with each by email or telephone, and all of them share their overwhelming relief, appreciation, joy, and gratitude because the Y’s assistance has helped them, their family or children. At our Y, this is more than 200 people helped; 72 kids in camp and afterschool care, and 140 people of all ages in healthy programs.

    Donors do important work. They help children access safe, supervised childcare so parents can work. I receive at least one scholarship application a day now as we are enrolling for Camp and After School.

  • Letters to the editor 06-22-14


    Gratitude and a plea

    This is a heartfelt thanks to members and leaders of Junior Girl Scout Troop No. 10027 for your outstanding beautification project between the Aquatic Center and the canyon trails! It is a wonderful improvement to the area and your efforts are greatly appreciated.

    How grand it would be if this special spot, and all other areas of our community, could remain free of litter for all to enjoy! 

    Once a week, on the daily morning dog walk, I collect a full bag of trash behind the Aquatic Center and on the trail that begins below the parking lot. (I know others do this as well.) By the evening walk more trash has already accumulated. The abundance of bottles, cans, plastic items and paper products of every description, which are seen along our streets and trails, does not support the local belief that we are a highly intelligent community. 

  • Letters to the editor 06-08-14


    More support for Dr. Lindberg

    Over the past few weeks, I have seen two letters in the Los Alamos Monitor regarding the termination of Dr. Peter Lindberg’s contract with the Los Alamos Medical Center (LAMC). Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in males after skin cancer. 

    Each year, more than 186,000 males learn they have prostate cancer and more than 3,500 die from its advanced forms. Dr. Lindberg is New Mexico’s leading physician in understanding and treating this cancer. He is recognized throughout the country as one of the leading practicioners. 

    Dr. Lindberg reads extensively to keep up with research, treatment statistics and United States physicians diagnosing and treating prostrate cancer. He also publishes an occasional newsletter describing advances in this medical area.

  • Support Sage Cottage nonprofit preschool

    I appreciate the stories you have been publishing regarding poverty and hunger in Los Alamos.
    I am on the board of directors for Sage Cottage Montessori Preschool, currently the only preschool in Los Alamos that accepts state-aid children. About six years ago, Cheri Host, the former owner and executive director (now deceased), decided to make Sage Cottage a nonprofit preschool so that she could provide a place for low-income children and request grants and donations to cover the cost differential.
    The aid provided by the state for childcare covers only a fraction of the costs for a full-time child, and because of various circumstances most of these children are not full-time.
    Currently, Sage Cottage has four state-aid children. Sage Cottage receives some generous support from Casa Mesita, Los Alamos National Bank, Smith’s Earn and Learn, and from designated giving through United Way. But support over the past several years has decreased, jeopardizing our ability to continue to provide this necessary service to our community.
    Those who would like to support this cause can make a tax-deductible donation by check to Sage Cottage, 142 Meadow Lane, Los Alamos, NM.
    If you would like more information about Sage Cottage, call Director Sandra Sorensen at 672-0534.

  • The quicker picker-uppers

    We have just experienced one of the many benefits of living in Los Alamos. Our loss of a large piñon tree resulted in a very sizable pile of limbs and debris.
    The bulk pick-up truck arrived on schedule and the operator efficiently and quickly loaded everything and left the area clean and presentable. Our thanks to this employee and to the county for this great service!
    Joseph and Lois Thompson
    Los Alamos

  • Great performance from Missoula

    On behalf of the Los Alamos Arts Council, I would like to thank the cast members of Missoula Children’s Theatre’s production of “Blackbeard the Pirate” for their wonderful performance.
    The Arts Council would like to thank the County of Los Alamos for co-sponsoring this event, which was also partially funded by a grant from the New Mexico Children’s Foundation.
    We would also like to thank all the parents and friends of the cast who attended the play on Saturday, as well as the staff of Crossroads Bible Church. They were wonderful to work with and made the week a complete success.  Thanks also to the Christian Church for graciously hosting our Tuesday rehearsals.
    Additionally, many thanks go the Los Alamos Arts Council board members who volunteered their time to help make this year’s production a wonderful experience for the participants and to all of LAAC supporters whose annual membership fees make programs like this possible.  
    Finally, thanks, as always to the community of Los Alamos for supporting the many programs and events presented by Los Alamos Arts Council.
    Margaret McIntyre
    MCT Chair, LAAC

  • See more 'Manhattan'

    Sunday evening, a crowd joined the Los Alamos Historical Society at the Time Out Pizzeria near the Bradbury Science Museum to watch and discuss the first episode of the “Manhattan” TV series. The series has potential.
    The show is a serious effort, the production values are good, it captures the times in national feeling and even in cars and music, it begins to tell many stories humanly, and the first episode effectively raises conflicts of the times. Initial conflicts are the tensions between civilians and the military; the deserty, rudimentary setting; the intense race to get the bomb first while so many people die per week in the war; and morality, both of creating super bombs and of defending the nation and families.
    We will see where the stories go.
    John Bartlit
    Los Alamos

  • Celebrate cowboys on Saturday

    Saturday is the fourth annual celebration of National Day of the Cowboy in New Mexico.
    Cowboys have been part of New Mexico history even before it became a state, so it seems very appropriate to honor their past and current contributions. Keeping the western way of life is an important part of our cultural heritage.
    There are 6,800 livestock producing ranches in New Mexico and with the support organizations and services they employ 18,000 people and produce about $2.1 billion in economic activity each year.
    Wear a cowboy hat on Saturday to help recognize and appreciate cowboys and cowgirls. Check out facebook.com/dayofthecowboynewmexico for details on celebrations in northern New Mexico.
    Richard Beal
    Santa Fe 

  • Expression of alternative viewpoints

    I would like to share a dangerous concept known as “groupthink” with the citizens of Los Alamos. I will start out by thanking all of the teachers at Los Alamos High School who helped me develop my reading comprehension and critical thinking skills.
    Recently, I noticed a social media group in Los Alamos, dedicated to fostering hometown businesses in Los Alamos County, was openly promoting “Smith’s Marketplace.” This seemed odd to me because Smith’s Marketplace is a subsidiary of “The Kroger Co.” “The Kroger Co.” is “one of the world’s largest grocery retailers with fiscal sales of $98.4 billion.”
    Upon bringing this fact to the attention of the group, I was quickly dismissed as being a “negative commentator” and involuntarily removed.

  • The 'Walmart effect' on Main Street

    Smith’s Marketplace offers a beautiful place for “one-stop” shopping. Enjoy any meal and a delicious selection of chocolate, ice cream and cake for dessert. Afterwards, shop from an impressive selection of organic foods, clothes, toys, pet supplies, electronics and household goods. Keep people from driving to Santa Fe? How about keep people from driving down to our local restaurants, CB Fox, Metzgers, Pet Pangaea, Radio Shack and the Los Alamos Co-op Market? This will be the “Walmart effect” on Main Street.
    Studies show that when Walmart moves in, small businesses close their doors, unable to compete with big retail’s buying power. Within two years of Walmart’s opening its doors, 82 local stores went out of business. Mom and Pop stores experience a 10 to 40 percent decline in sales after a Walmart opens and businesses within one mile of a Walmart Supercenter have a 25 percent chance of shutting down in the first year, a 40 percent chance by the second year.