• Letter to the editor 8-21-15

    Politics shouldn’t factor
    into marketing decisions

    I must firmly agree with Mark Hendrickson, who wrote, “When political decisions about where to allocate scarce economic resources supplant market decisions, production is inevitably diverted from the most highly valued needs to less valued things.”
    Exactly! Consider some examples:
    The federal government has succumbed to huge political pressures to fund immensely expensive studies of biology, the human genome and diseases. Are any medical insurance companies funding this? No, of course not, because there is no market value, which clearly means this money has been wasted and diverted from the valued things of expensive medicines and marginally effective health care.
    Similarly, the government spent small fortunes on electronic communications to supplant telephone and telegraph lines and pointless fundamental research, which accidentally led to the creation of the World Wide Web.
    Did any business support this? No. Another waste of tax dollars.

  • Letters to the editor 8-17-15

    Clean up LAHS — Do it for Bill

    On Thursday, the retired teachers of Los Alamos Schools had their annual Not Back-To-School breakfast. Everybody was talking about Bill Hudson and writing notes to him … the guy who became such an icon of Los Alamos.
    After our breakfast I visited Bill Hudson and I am delighted to report that he is out of the hospital and at his home. He is telling jokes and laughing at other’s feeble attempts at jocularity. He is resting comfortably and his mind is sharp. He is living abundantly each day and he missed not being at the retired teachers’ breakfast. He is planning on attending the next one in August 2016! I promised him that I will pick him up and take him.
    With the candor that he and I shared for two score and three years — I asked him about his dedication to the community of Los Alamos if there is some unfinished project that I could help with.
    Bill asked me to write a letter to the editor and ask that the high school students would pick up trash on the grounds of Los Alamos High School.
    I beg the faculty, staff and students and all the good people of Los Alamos to do that for the “Old Jock,” so that next year at the School Retirees’ Breakfast we can show Bill, Los Alamos listens when Bill talks!

    Pete Jandacek

  • Letters to the editor 8-7-15

    Missoula Theatre
    a complete success

    On behalf of the Los Alamos Arts Council, we would like to thank the cast members of Missoula Children’s Theatre’s production of “The Jungle Book” for their wonderful performance.
    The arts council would like to thank Los Alamos County 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.
    Additionally, many thanks go to 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 the Los Alamos Arts Council.

    Margaret McIntyre
    Chris Monteith
    Missoula Children’s Theatre,
    Los Alamos Arts Council

    The Sanctuary
    at Canyon’s Edge

  • Letters to the editor 8-5-15

    Two sides to oil story

    Marita Noon doesn’t refer to the advantages of forbidding exports of American oil.
    Aside from enhancing national security, it keeps oil prices down here, which is good for the American consumer, however difficult for oil companies.
    Since refined products may be exported, it also increases American industrial jobs by supporting keeping and building American refineries.
    Whether or not these considerations override supporting Canadian and minimizing Iranian oil exports, “you can judge for yourself.” But one should at least be honest about the various sides to the discussion.

    Terry Goldman
    Los Alamos

    Flat roofs will eventually leak

    I can’t understand why the county feels a need to keep trying to find a flat roof that doesn’t leak.
    Our house was built with a pitched roof in 1970 by Home Planning.  The original roof has been replaced twice. They have never leaked.
    I have never been to college, but I know that the county needs to stop building libraries with flat roofs.

    Camille Morrison
    White Rock

    Saturday delivery for Sunday paper?

  • Letter to the editor 7-30-15

    More must be done for N.M. children

    Early last week, information was published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, ranking the 50 states on various factors that indicate child well being.
    New Mexico is a jaw-dropping 49th — even more astounding, our state has hovered in this area, dropping to 50th position in 2013, for several years.
    Child poverty rates around the state are increasing steadily and programs to help these children are few and far between.
    Looking at this information, coupled with the start of the 2015-2016 school year quickly approaching, and everything that goes along with it — the stress of homework, readjusting to the school schedule, and making new friends — and it is easy to imagine this can be a difficult, overwhelming time for a child.
    Los Alamos is widely praised throughout the state and beyond, as being a great community, due to the affluent nature of the community.
    Even in a community like Los Alamos, there are children and families struggling and in need.
    We must do better for all of our children.
    It sounds daunting, impossible even, but there is a way to make a difference: volunteer.
    The Family YMCA is proud to be the only YMCA in New Mexico and one of 38 states that is currently offering the free Reach and Rise Mentoring Program.

  • Letters to the editor 7-28-15

    Beware of fees with Quemazon HOA

    I want to give my former neighbors in the Quemazon communities a heads-up about some exorbitant fees you may be unaware of that you will face when/if you decide to sell your home within the Quemazon Master Association or its Woodlands Homeowner Association (HOA). I suspect the other HOAs within Quemazon have similar fees.
    We recently sold our home on Sinuoso and, much to our surprise, we were hit with an additional $800-plus expense from the management company of the Quemazon Master and Woodlands HOAs that was added to our closing costs.
    Following is the text of a message I sent June 13 to the person listed as president of the Master Association on the Quemazon website. I have not received a response.
    We also communicated our surprise and displeasure to the president of the Woodlands HOA. He said the Board of Directors would be discussing these fees.
    Please beware of what can happen to you if you decide to sell your home.
    “We are unsure whether you are still the president of the Quemazon Master Homeowner’s Association (HOA), but trust that you will direct us to the appropriate person if this online info is out-of-date.

  • Letter to the editor 7-24-15

    Time to compensate Downwinders

    Upon the 70th anniversary of the Trinity blast, we must not forget what has happened and continues to happen to the people of our state.
    Tina Cordova, Co-Founder of The Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium, along with other members, have recently met with Senator Tom Udall and Senator Martin Heinrich. “We were unknowing, unwilling, uncompensated taxpaying guinea pigs in the world’s largest science experiment” is how Cordova describes what happened to the people who were and continue to be affected by the radiation from The Trinity site test on July 16, 1945.
    The Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) set up in 1990 to compensate people living downwind of the Nevada test site is long overdue in including the residents of New Mexico.
    Please contact your Congressmen/Congresswoman and let them know the amendments to RECA should be a priority for them in Washington. The Santa Fe New Mexican did an incredible job in their Five Part Series, “The Legacy of the Bomb, Trinity 70 years Later.”

  • Thank You: A great ScienceFest celebration

    Los Alamos MainStreet, producer of ScienceFest, in collaboration with the Los Alamos Creative District and Los Alamos County, would like to thank everyone involved with the production of ScienceFest: The Secret City Unlocked.
    ScienceFest celebrates Los Alamos’ heritage with history and science-based events for the entire family. It is the signature event of Los Alamos County.
    Our goals were to showcase the remarkable science and technology community of Los Alamos while drawing people to the central business district and supporting a vibrant downtown. Our goals were realized by the programming produced and volume of attendees.
    We would especially like to thank our sponsors: New Mexico True — State Tourism Department, Los Alamos National Bank, Google, Los Alamos Medical Center, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Security, COMPA Industries, CHRISTUS Health Plan and Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation.
    We would also like to thank our partners: Bradbury Science Museum, Los Alamos Historical Society, Los Alamos Little Theatre, Buffalo Tours, Fuller Lodge Art Center, KRSN 1490 AM, Flowers by Gillian, Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op, Los Alamos Arts Council, Christian Science Society, Los Alamos Women in Science and Holiday Inn Express.

  • Letter to the editor 7-21-15

    Our Flag, My Flag

    There is hardly anything more beautiful than to be on a troopship coming into harbor with all those American flags flying. I’m home, I’m home, I’m home.
    From the time I was a 12-year-old Boy Scout, I remember being respectful to the flag that represents so many good things about the United States of America.
    I am a first generation American, as were so many of my classmates. We were Scots, Italian, Yugoslavian, Mexican, Polish, Japanese, Irish and more.  It was a great time and a great place to grow up, and every morning we recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
    Some might call this brainwashing, but it was in gratitude for a country that would allow us to be what we could not have been if our parents had stayed in the old country.
    We could be and were engineers, doctors, chemists, teachers, dentists, lawyers, small businessmen, mayors, senators and more. That is what the flag means.
    I can arm myself with a firearm and no one can take it from me. I’m a free man.
    My kids, grandkids and great-grandkids can go to any school or university they wish, for there are no class distinctions. I can vote for anyone I wish and I can run for office if I don’t like what I see, and I can win.  

  • Letters to the editor 7-15-15

    Foundation responds to letter

    Without our being aware of it, my organization, the Rio Grande Foundation, has been the center of some controversy in Los Alamos County, as relates to the Los Alamos Aquatic Center. Most recently, a letter from Betty Ann Gunther discussed our organization’s supposed involvement in budget cuts at the aquatic center.
    We did publish a report in 2011 called the “Piglet Book” which argued that the $1 million-plus the county was spending annually to operate the center was exorbitant.
    Apparently, four years later, a majority of the Los Alamos County Council agrees at least that other budget items took precedence over the aquatic center.
    I don’t know whether or not a councilor ran across our report in their research on the issue, but the information remains as relevant today as it was then.
    Lastly, I would be remiss if I didn’t take issue with the inordinate attention Ms. Gunther pays attention to our funding. She can certainly argue that other priorities should have yielded to the aquatic center, but it seems that the funding sources of conservative and free-market groups are a far greater issue for their critics than are the funding sources of liberal organizations.