• Letters to the editor 6-3-15

    Why the open forum do-over?

    I was very disappointed to see that the open forum on the plastic bag ban was reopened this week.  When I asked the Environmental Sustainability Board’s staff liaison, “Why?”
    She told me, “to give more people a chance to answer.”
    I am calling foul on this.  The original survey was open for four weeks and had over 400 on forum responses — which is more than any other open forum survey results. The open forum survey was also well publicized by local media, as well as by my group, Save the Bag: Los Alamos. I assume that the Sierra Club advertised it among their membership as well.
    If people did not take the opportunity to answer during the original four-week period, they should not get a “do-over.” This action is an attempt by supporters of the plastic bag ban to get results that favor their position. It also makes the Environmental Sustainability Board look biased in support of a bag ban and tax.
    In regard to the results of the original open forum, 80 percent of Los Alamos residents do not favor a ban on lightweight multi-use plastic shopping bags. The comments were also interesting, as well.

  • Letters to the editor 5-31-15

    Project impact on community

    We write this letter to share our deep enthusiasm for the Manhattan Project National Historical Park (MPNHP) and the opportunity and impact it will have on our community.
    This coming week, Los Alamos County will host representatives from the Department of Energy and the National Park Service who are coming to town to discuss some of the operating details of the MPNHP.  On Tuesday, Los Alamos County will host a reception for these representatives and the Los Alamos community.  It will be held at Fuller Lodge from 5-7 p.m.  
    We encourage you to attend this event and share your ideas about the park and the opportunity it offers to showcase the achievements of our citizens during the Manhattan Project. Your ideas are important to this process and will be considered by these representatives and Los Alamos County.  
    We would also like to share with you our belief that the MPNHP is truly a game-changer for our community.
    The tourism business generated by the MPNHP has the potential to diversify our economy in a significant way.  

  • Leadership Los Alamos gives many thanks

    On behalf of the Leadership Los Alamos Board, we want to acknowledge the unwavering support of staff from the Community Programs Office provided in hosting Lowell Catlett.   
    We were honored and fortunate to have someone of Catlett’s caliber visit Los Alamos, as he is well known as a futurist both nationally and internationally.
    Catlett was the keynote speaker to the 2015 Graduates of Leadership Los Alamos, and during his presentation he stated what an amazing community we live in. He was impressed with the afternoon tours he was given from key Los Alamos National Laboratory staff.  We are pleased to say that Catlett left Los Alamos with a better understanding of the dedicated LANL staff and the difference their work does for our nation. We have gained an advocate and friend in Catlett.
    In addition, we would also like to offer a very special thank you to our core sponsors Los Alamos National Bank and Los Alamos County whose generosity allows Leadership Los Alamos to operate, as well as offer scholarships to several applicants.
    Leadership Los Alamos has graduated more than 250 leaders who are making a difference in our community.   

  • Thanks for attending basketball skills camp


    On behalf of the Alex Kirk Foundation, we would like to thank all the young basketball players and parents that came to our camp at Griffith Gym on Aug. 5-6.
    Los Alamos High School coach Mike Kluk and his staff did a great job in providing coaching support for the participants.
    The Zia Credit Union was a valued partner and sponsor for the camp providing backpacks for the players. It was a surprise to see Jamal Fenton Lobo point guard who lives in Houston stop by and work with the kids.
    As a result of the funds raised, I was able to provide a donation to the LAHS basketball programs.
    Thanks again for all the participation and support with our first Alex Kirk Basketball Skills Camp and we look forward to working with the youth in Los Alamos in the future.
    Alex Kirk
    Los Alamos

  • Movie tells story of Japan after bombing


    If you want to fathom the Japanese military mind when the Allies asked for Japan’s surrender in July/August of 1945, I urge you to attend the film “Japan’s Longest Day,” on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Pajarito Room of Fuller Lodge.
    This documentary, a Japanese production with famous Japanese actors, explains why the emperor wanted to stop the war after Hiroshima was bombed.
    Army General Korechika Anami wanted to continue the war, even after the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. The emperor needed, and achieved, unanimous support for surrender from his war council and cabinet.
    Even after this remarkable turnabout, the emperor’s surrender broadcast almost did not happen when the Commander of the Imperial Palace Guard was killed by Army officers during Japan’s Longest Day.
    Persons wishing to understand how the atomic weapons shocked Japan into surrender will learn much from this film, shown under the Los Alamos Historical Society film series.
    In Japan, a newly filmed version of this story was released this weekend.

    Nancy Bartlit
    Los Alamos

  • Letters to the editor 5-19-15

    Thanks to community for Nepal fundraiser
    On behalf of whole team that organized the fundraiser musical program who helped the victims of the Nepal earthquake, I would like to thank Los Alamos community for their enthusiasm, presence in large numbers.
    Thanks to all singers and dance groups for their superb show. Thanks to the Los Alamos Monitor, LA Daily Post and LA Postdoc association for their publicity.  Thanks to Trinity on the Hill Episcopal church for giving Kelly Hall for free. Thanks to each one of you for your generous support and in one hour, we had collected a $2,217 fund. For those who haven’t donated, look for these people and give your contribution personally.  
    Satyesh Kumar Yadav (facebook.com/satyeshyadav, syadav@lanl.gov)
    Arul Kumar (facebook.com/marulmd04, marulkr@lanl.gov)
    Akhilesh Sing (akhilesh@lanl.gov)
    pratik Dholabhai  (pdholabhai@lanl.gov)
    Ramesh Jha (facebook.com/rjha.unc, rjha@lanl.gov)
    Sachi Krishnamurthy (facebook.com/sachi.krishnamurthy, sachi@lanl.gov)
    Krishna Acharya (kacharya@lanl.gov)
    Nimai Mishra (facebook.com/nimai.mishra.7, Nimai@lanl.gov)
    Nirmal Ghirimie (nghimire@lanl.gov)
    Sanket Navale (facebook.com/sanketnavale, sanket@lanl.gov)
    Tilak Dhakal (tdhakal@lanl.gov)

  • Letters to the editor 5-17-15

    Branding needs
    success measurements

    I found Councilor Kristin Henderson’s recent column on branding very much unconvincing, largely because (a) no objectives were explicitly stated for “branding” and (b) no measures of success were proffered.
    Henderson lists several “successful” branding stories, but frankly I had never heard of any of them. The fact that I never heard of such isn’t terribly important, but what is important is that no measure of just how such efforts were judged successful was offered.
    Without such, there is simply no way to evaluate her statements.
     Let’s assume for the moment that the examples Henderson listed are in fact, somehow, successes. Many communities have attempted to brand themselves. How many such efforts have failed?
    Listing only successes seems to me rather like asking a gambler how he or she is doing. Such folks almost always recall their wins, but somehow forget to mention their losses, which are more often than not larger than their wins.
    Surely many recall the monies spent by the City of Albuquerque under the Martin Chavez regime, where much effort (and funds) was spent to brand the city as “Q.” The “Q” effort failed miserably and has been utterly abandoned.

  • Letters to the editor 5-15-15

    Unclear on column health care view

    Merilee Dannemann makes a number of good points in her column on health care, especially that much risk seems to have been transferred to medical practices, but:
    1. While there are always bad apples, my personal experience convinces me that a significant majority of doctors seek to avoid errors and unnecessary procedures because that is good medical care. They do not need a changed incentive of saving money. To suggest otherwise is an uncalled-for insult.
    2. The column is unclear about costs: Average cost per ‘patient’ is about $6,000, while average premium is about $1,500. However, the latter is per subscriber. As long as there are more than four subscribers for every patient, the scheme pays for itself and even provides a profit for the insurer. Does she mean to say that every subscriber is also a patient? Most people are healthy most of the time.
    Terry Goldman
    Los Alamos

    Controlled by the council?

    Around the world, we are fighting an enemy that kills people who disagree with them — sometimes by beheading. They mutilate young girls under the guise of “female circumcision.”

  • Blatant showing of incompetence

    Dr. Gary Welton has clearly demonstrated that he has indeed set a very low bar for his children to exceed him. His complete failure to understand statistics is displayed by referring to no less than three differences of less than one standard deviation as if they were statistically significant.
    That all three have the same sign may indicate something, but not much.
    Do we need to have such incompetence presented in the local paper of ‘science city?’

    Terry Goldman
    Los Alamos

  • Letters to the editor 4-19-15

    Braving the storm for Crab Fest