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Letters

  • A shopping solution

    The purpose of this letter is to provide a suggestion in response to the recent article concerning the unsanitary condition of many tote bags. For standard size cloth reusable bags, keep a paper grocery bag in each one. It will be obvious when the occasional leakage requires that the paper bag be replaced.
    The combination cloth/paper bag will fold normally and has the added advantage of remaining upright and open for easy loading and unloading of groceries. And, speaking of shopping, there is a safe alternative to hauling around a heavy purse over your shoulder. Place the purse beneath the child seat in the shopping cart and secure by clicking the child safety strap around the handle of the purse. Happy shopping!

    Ruth Williamson
    Los Alamos 

  • Stickfaddens: Monitor an important part of life in LA

    Back about 1964, teenager Gerry Strickfaden was delivering the then weekly Los Alamos Monitor in the Sandia part of Western Area.  Down in the Denver Steels/Orange St. Area, Georgia Ann Wilder was delivering newspapers, utilizing her sister’s Vespa motor scooter.  Gerry and Georgia didn’t know each other then, but met later on as students at Eastern New Mexico University.  
    They tease each other with memories of seeing each other picking up their newspapers when the Monitor office was in the Community Center (now Central Park Square), Gerry especially remembering this girl teetering away with a huge load of papers balanced on the Vespa, and Georgia seeing a guy whose mother was helping him.
     Much later, after getting started in their professional careers, Gerry as an engineer at the Zia Company and Georgia teaching school in Colorado and Arizona, they married and made Los Alamos their home in 1973.  Gerry went on to work at Los Alamos Scientific (later National) Laboratory.
    They have subscribed to the Los Alamos Monitor forever, finding it an important source of what’s going on in Los Alamos, especially in community and county government affairs.  How can 50 years have passed so quickly?

  • Garcia Richard: Monitor offers a place for community to stay in touch

    Los Alamos is a special place, unique to New Mexico and the world. As towns go, Los Alamos is young and we are fortunate that our town has grown up along with the Monitor.
    A community is nothing without its living memory. A town needs a venue for neighbors to hear from each other and stay in touch with what is happening.
    Congratulations to the Los Alamos Monitor for 50 great years and for serving Los Alamos as our voice and memory.

    Stephanie Garcia Richard
    State Rep. District 43 (Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Sandoval and Rio Arriba)
     

  • Holsapple: Monitor is important community resource

    Congratulations!
    I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the Los Alamos Monitor for 50 years of service to our community and wish the organization all the best in continuing as an important resource here.  I have been fortunate to work with many different staff of the Monitor over the years and there have been a whole range of people in every department that I know can be very proud of their work.  
    A lot of things have changed in the newspaper business over the past 50 years and I know it is not the easiest business to be in.  In talking to colleagues around the State and country, many have lost their local papers and the benefits of those papers to their community.   Thank you Monitor and your staff for the good things we at the Chamber of Commerce have been able to collaborate with you on for our past fifty years in the community together.  I thank you, my family thanks you, my puppy thanks you!

    Kevin Holsapple
    Executive Director
    Los Alamos Commerce and
    Development Corporation
     

  • Korkos: Monitor, Chamber both celebrating milestones

    On behalf of the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce and its more than 300 members, I’d like to congratulate you on your 50th Anniversary. We are also celebrating our 50th Anniversary this year- the first Chamber of Commerce officers were elected on December 10, 1963. The first board of directors included George Cowan, Roger Corbett, William Strickfaden, Reed Chittim, Darrel Burns, D.C. Winburn, and J.C. Dotson, MD. All of them went on to make a lasting mark on the business community, through their foresight and energy.
    Throughout the relatively short history of Los Alamos as a town, the Chamber of Commerce and the local newspapers have been equally central to the town’s development. Let’s work together for our continued success!

    Katy Korkos
    Member services coordinator,
    Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce
     

  • Rodgers: Monitor helps monitor local goverment

    On behalf of the County Council, I would like to congratulate the Los Alamos Monitor on its 50th anniversary. Having a “hometown” newspaper is important to local government. It provides us with a means to advertise important legal notices as well as news about upcoming public meetings or events.
    Coverage of council meetings, public meetings, ballot questions, projects and other county news is a critical part of public outreach and involvement, and the Monitor has consistently provided that coverage for 50 years.
    During both the Cerro Grande Fire in 2000 and the Las Conchas wildfire in 2011, the Monitor was an important asset in keeping our citizens advised of daily updates and progress.
    Furthermore, the Monitor’s publisher has participated in several county initiatives or committees to provide us with a great perspective about economic development and community planning issues.
    We appreciate the professional and timely work produced by the publishing, editorial, advertising and news reporting staff at the Monitor and value their presence in Los Alamos.
    Again, congratulations on your 50th anniversary, and may you have another successful 50 years ahead of you in serving the citizens of Los Alamos and White Rock.

    Geoff Rodgers, Chair
    Los Alamos County Council
     

  • Lujan: Monitor has done outstanding service for community

    Congratulations to the Los Alamos Monitor and all of those who have had a role in its 50 years of insightful reporting. Since it first began publishing 50 years ago, the Los Alamos Monitor has served the community with the highest standards in journalism.
    As the community has grown, so too has the Monitor and the role it has played in the region, proving greater coverage and keeping more people informed of the important events that impact their lives in Los Alamos and the country.
    I wish the Los Alamos Monitor all the best on another 50 great years and thank everyone who has contributed to the success of the Monitor since its first days in 1963.

    Ben Ray Luján
    U.S. House of Representatives
    (D-N.M.)
     

  • Udall: Congratulations on 50th anniversary

    On behalf of my office and many Northern New Mexicans, I write to congratulate the Los Alamos Monitor family on the publication’s 50th anniversary. This is a remarkable milestone that speaks to the hard work of the Monitor’s staff, dependable journalism and role as a strong voice for the community.
    My staff and I look to your paper for the latest news on Los Alamos County and the lab — a vital part of our state’s economy and our national security. It also helps me stay in touch while I am in Washington.
    Over the past 50 years, Los Alamos has seen tremendous growth, and the Monitor has been there to document and contribute to the vibrant community it is today.
    Congratulations on this special day. I wish you many more years of success.

    Tom Udall
    U.S. Senate
    (D-N.M.)
     

  • No sense of humor

    Friday’s Los Alamos Monitor generally includes my favorite column. John Pawlak’s witty and delightfully sarcastic material is a joy to read.
    It’s a pity that some readers cannot appreciate his brand of humor: his tongue-in-cheek observations on the world in which we live.
    So, there’s no “50-round clips” available, but I’ll bet other sizes exist, and John certainly should have researched a more correct number.
    And if the “NRA knows more about education than (John) does,” it ought to place a representative in every college – especially those that teach would-be-teachers how to teach.
    To suggest that John might use his students as shields if some gun-wielding crazy enters his classroom is a pretty nasty idea. And misspelling his name six times (e.g., Pawlick, Paveluk, etc.) could be a legal maneuver to avoid a defamation of character lawsuit.
    Seriously, the NRA has been a controversial subject for years and much more so since the catastrophes in recent months. Opinions cover the range from love-em to hate-em, with most non-gun-owners finding the organization’s leaders and spokesmen close to brain-dead.
    I join John as being among the latter group.

    Don Burns
    White Rock
     

  • N.M. 502 thoughts

    Recently, Councilor Kristin Henderson stated that “And yes, the federal and state highway people are all good with a roundabout. New Mexico just put one in on the bypass.” There has been no roundabout put on the N.M. 599 bypass.