• 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.

  • Not the Apology We Were Expecting

    It is with sadness that I feel I must respond to Mr. Pawlick’s apology to all of the NRA members, gun owners and law abiding citizens of our United States. I really expected more from a man that is tasked with educating our children at the Los Alamos High School.
    It would appear as though Mr. Paveluk’s knowledge of the NRA and what it stands for as well as what it has accomplished since November of 1871 is based on fiction.
    He said that “the NRA knows more about education that the rest of us and it’s our patriotic duty to skip to the gun store and buy as many 50-round clips as we can carry.” First, there is no such thing as a “50-round clip.”
    Second, and more importantly, I have to agree, based on his ramblings about nuclear weapons and military vehicles armed with machine guns, with his statement that the NRA knows more about education than he does.
    When the United States Military has needed firearms training over the past century, they go to the NRA. When federal, state and local law enforcement agencies have a need for specialized training or additional firearms instructors, they go to the NRA for help.

  • Blame the messenger

    When are you stupid idiots going to stop blaming me for your so-called vehicle “accidents?”
    First of all, traffic crashes are not my fault. Snowflakes do not conspire to push vehicles together.
    Dust or smoke doesn’t collude to invade driver’s eyes causing them to be temporarily blinded.
    And when the ambient temperature is below freezing and your roads are wet ... DUH! Can you spell I-C-E? Did you skip school the week the science teacher talked about ice?
    And get something else straight. Motor vehicle collisions are not “accidents.”
    They are caused by bad drivers and it’s time you admitted it. You are misleading the public by implying that “It was just an accident.” It wasn’t!
    If I get blamed one more time for your traffic crashes I’m going to cry.
    That will be another Sandy. If it is cold it will be snow, like Boston. When I really get fed up with being blamed for your bad driving, I will get angry. What do you think causes tornadoes, hurricanes and flooding?
    So how about it media? Send a memo to all your writers, announcers, directors and producers. No more use of the word “accident” and no more blaming me for your stupid driving.

  • Well drilling a bad idea

    The plan to drill wells along the rim of White Rock Canyon is a disaster for residents of White Rock, La Senda and Pajarito Acres.
    This project will bring industrial activity with visual and noise pollution into the residential areas, and degrade the quality of our lives.
    The quiet and beauty of our hills, canyons and forests are one of the primary reasons many of us like to live here.
    This project as currently planned will damage open space areas along White Rock Canyon.
    It will require service roads, construction, drilling and well operations, which will detract from the beauty of the canyon and create noise pollution which is unacceptable in residential areas.
    The county has established zoning districts to separate commercial and industrial activities from residential areas. In this plan to drill wells the county is violating the basic principles of residential zoning by putting industrial activity directly in residential areas.
    And is drilling and operating a well an appropriate use of county park land?
    There is no mitigation for drilling wells along the canyon, despite the county claims to the contrary. The residential neighborhoods are quiet. You can hear a dog barking a mile away.

  • Disappointed in the council

    I was very disappointed to read Pete Sheehey's continued obeisance to what it takes to get elected in Los Alamos. He and the rest of the County Council will undoubtedly continue to ensure that Los Alamos remains unattractive to young families and a conflicted location for retirees who are grandparents. 

    Sheehey notes that we could increase our property taxes a little to finance capital improvements and still have the lowest property taxes in the state. But no one seems to be paying attention to the fact that elsewhere in the state, those tax rates are necessary just to maintain existing infrastructure, with little available for 

    By contrast, if Los Alamos rates were in the mid-range of New Mexico rates ("comparable" as required for our utility rates) we would easily have sufficient funds to construct all of the capital improvements proposed on a short timetable. And still have attractively low property tax rates. 

  • An open letter to County Council

    After reading the list of capital improvement projects being reviewed, I wonder why any of the projects are even on the list. I have read with concern about the County's revenue short fall and the continued loss of GRT in the future.  As far as I am concerned, the projects could all be delayed indefinitely with no harm to the community.

    The list represents the wishes of favored interest groups in Los Alamos.  I would have thought that the Council had learned the lessons of the Community center project several years ago.  That project started with a desire for a new building suitable for meetings and other such community events.  By the time the project was brought to the community for approval of a bond issue, it had mushroomed into a $25 million "something for everyone" city center.  It was soundly voted down by the citizens, even though the original idea had been started by a petition drive.  Every project does not need to be an example of "only the best will do".

    In the 40 years that I have lived in Los Alamos, I have seen the expansion of each CIP into higher costs and more extravagant results.

  • In support of the Nature Center

    With respect and sympathy for the needs of other applicants for new facilities, CB Fox wants to go on record as a supporter of the PEEC Nature Center.
    Of all the prospective CIP candidates, the Nature Center, placed on Canyon Road, fits Los Alamos’ new Creative District, imparting to the District the non-stop thrum of life that PEEC has already abundantly demonstrated it not only can, but does in fact, deliver every week of the year, year after year.
    PEEC’s vitality, transported to the Creative District, adjacent as it is to the west end of Downtown, will predictably support increased shopping and restaurant activity.
    Placed as is planned on Canyon Road, the Nature Center (1) becomes a strategic catalyst for development of the Creative District* to an extent that cannot be otherwise matched and (2) becomes a development-momentum builder for all elements of the district. What’s more, the vitality of the district, as it grows, becomes the primary builder of the presence of more and more people on the west end of downtown, an area that more and more needs development attention before the Trinity Project end of the downtown barbell over-weights the distribution of downtown vibrancy in but one direction.

  • Never their fault

    Whah, whah, whah. Mr. Bill Miera is just another business owner who doesn’t want to pay his fair share.
    People like him have all kinds of eloquent reasoning as to why they’re businesses are failing and it’s NEVER their own fault.
    It’s always that they have to pay taxes and give their workers a decent minimum wage salary.
    I’d really like Mr. Miera and any other business owner who doesn’t like taxes and wages to open their books to me.
    Guaranteed, I’ll find that they are making basic bad business decisions like taking the company profits as their salary instead of putting profits back into the business or just paying themselves too much.
    Bottom line is these business owners don’t want to give up their twice a year month long Bahama vacations.
    They don’t want to give up their Lexus or Beamer for a Ford or Chevy. And they want to live in a million dollar home instead of a $150,000 home.
    Pure greed is behind all the whah, whah, whah from businesses about taxes and wages.
    This isn’t just a rant. I’ve personally known eight business owners who were making money hand over fist and went bankrupt and closed because of basic bad business practices.

    Greg White
    Los Alamos 

  • Nature center

    We see this inspiring statement everywhere, including the banner of the county’s web site. Our Chamber of Commerce, visitor attractions, and local businesses continually work to achieve this simple notion: Los Alamos is a place where we actively explore, discover and learn.
    Assuming we agree with this notion (for the benefit of our residents and in working to attract visitors and new residents who are our future), shouldn’t we also then invest in facilities and programs that promote and develop this notion?
    I encourage our county council to consider the broad and diverse benefit for the dollar that can be leveraged with a strong and sustainable Nature Center in Los Alamos.
    Granted, council is facing tough fiscal commitment decisions as it evaluates the merits and costs of five worthy CIP projects. Yes, it would be wonderful to proceed with them all and yes, they each serve important citizen needs.
    But, it is worth noting: a new Nature Center serves the entire array of citizens represented by council.
    Specifically, a Nature Center would be an asset enjoyed by all ages … toddlers, kids, teens, parents, and seniors! In addition, it would serve local residents, our regional neighbors, and visiting tourists.