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Letters

  • 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.

  • Troubled by Nugent statement

    I am troubled by the Ted Nugent interview that was published in the Los Alamos Monitor’s July 4 issue. The depiction of Nugent with a Native American headdress coupled with the statement needs to be addressed:
    “I always played cowboys and Indians, and I was always the Indian,’ Nugent said when asked about his affinity toward Native Americans and their culture, as evidenced by him wearing native headdresses while performing on stage.”
    This statement is troubling because there is no indication that the Los Alamos Monitor reached out to Tesuque Pueblo for their input concerning Nugent’s offensive portrayal of Native American culture. It is important to remember that Nugent performed within the confines of the Camel Rock Casino, not in the Pueblo itself. And it does not mean that he was positively received by members of the Pueblo. Please be aware of such issues regarding our Pueblo neighbors in future published pieces.
    David Holtkamp
    Albuquerque
     

  • Beware of killer caterpillars

    I’ve noticed that many Blue Spruce trees in White Rock are being eaten and killed by caterpillars. Perhaps same is occurring to other trees, and perhaps in Los Alamos too.
    Per the LA County Extension website: losalamosextension.nmsu.edu/problems.html), under “Plant Problems of Los Alamos” “Conifer Pests” “Douglas Fir Tussock Moth” link: ext.colostate.edu/pubs/insect/05542.pdf):
    Caterpillars of the Douglas-fir tussock moth, Orgyia pseudotsugata (McDunnough), chew the needles of spruces, Douglas fir and true firs. During outbreaks they may cause extensive defoliation, with injury typically first concentrated at the top of the tree. Older caterpillars may rapidly defoliate a tree and tops may be killed, sometimes after only a single season of severe injury. Following repeated attacks over several seasons whole trees may die or be weakened to the point of inviting fatal attacks by bark beetles.
    If your Blue Spruce is turning brown, even if only at the very top, it probably has these caterpillars (even if you cannot see them), or had them and now has the more mature forms of the moth. Contact a tree expert or sprayer about whether your tree is savable, when to treat (now and/or next spring) and with what.

  • FOS thanks community for Dog Jog success

    Breezy and cool conditions greeted all of the runners and walkers and their eager dogs for the 17th Annual Dog Jog in April.
    This year’s Dog Jog raised more than $12,000 for Friends of the Shelter. FOS is a nonprofit organization that provides assistance to abandoned animals and to pets and their owners in northern New Mexico.
    Our catastrophic care program pays for veterinary care for sick or injured animals that have no owners or whose owners cannot afford the treatment. Our spay/neuter program provides grants to our partner organizations, including the Española Valley Humane Society and the McKinley County Animal Shelter so that they can provide low- or no-cost spay/neuter services to their clients.
    FOS also encourages responsible pet ownership and promotes adoption of shelter animals through education and outreach.

  • Op-ed comments not scientifically valid

    Marita Noon’s op-ed in the June 6 Los Alamos Monitor is just one more example of someone hiding their own agenda by labeling themselves as an organization dedicated to educating the public.
    Ms. Noon claims that the EPA hides their use of “bad science” so that they can continue to list species as endangered with the result that farmers, ranchers, and anyone with an interest in extracting anything from the Earth, is prevented from accessing the water and land needed for their enterprise.
    The problem is that her evidence consists only of opinions offered by people representing organizations with no serious scientific credentials, and whose agendas are clearly anti-government in general.
    A Google search on the organizations mentioned in her op-ed, including the American Stewards of Liberty, the Institute for Trade Standards and Sustainable Development (ITSSD), Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy (CARE) and Energy Makes America Great, Inc., quickly reveals that these organizations are intertwined and have an agenda focused on smoothing the pathway for companies to pay little or no attention to the environmental damage left behind as a result of their activities, including contaminated water aquifers and soil.

  • 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.
    I was successfully treated by Dr. Lindberg as were several of my friends and colleagues. This decision shocks me; it is not in the interest of our community.
    LAMC is owned by LifePoint Hospitals of Brentwood, Tennessee, which in turn is part of Duke Lifepoint Health Care, which partners LifePoint with the Duke University Health System.
    I think that the wrong person was terminated!
    Douglas Reilly
    LANL retiree
    White Rock 

  • Korkos says goodbye to Chamber

    This is an open letter to the community, to thank you all for all the opportunities that have come my way during my six years at the Chamber of Commerce.
    I’ve had the opportunity to play a role on the White Rock Master Plan Implementation committee and have volunteered with the Los Alamos Historical Society, the United Way of Northern New Mexico and with the groups advocating on behalf of the Manhattan Project National Historic Park. I’ve been part of two planning groups which are establishing new foundations that will benefit the local community.
    I’ve worked with senators and congressmen and their field representatives, the governor, the secretary for economic development, Los Alamos National Laboratory officials, county councilors and county government, on issues such as the Valles Caldera, free and open access to the west from Los Alamos, procurement policies at the lab, visitor services, Atomic City Transit planning and many other issues as they arise.
    I’ve had the pleasure of working with a great team here at the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation — so many great people that I hesitate to name any, for fear I’ll leave some out.

  • PAC attack ads help no one

    In these final days of the primary election campaign, Republican households have received mailed flyers attacking one of the GOP candidates for state representative in our district. These mailings originated from a political action committee (PAC) outside Los Alamos with no connection to the opposing candidate and obviously no appreciation for our tradition of civil and respectful political discourse.
    The same sort of PAC advertising on both sides marred the general election campaign for the same office two years ago.
    Professional political operatives claim such negative advertising is effective. It probably is with some, but most Los Alamos voters are irritated rather than enlightened. It undermines and angers candidates trying to maintain a “high road.”
    Strident advertising by outsiders promotes their agendas, not necessarily ours. I urge voters to instead pay attention to candidates’ character, experience, abilities, record, philosophy and issue positions — in both the current primary and November general election.
    Robert Gibson, chair
    Republican Party of Los Alamos