• 'Peace Plus' Day is needed

    President Lincoln, when he proclaimed April 30, 1863 a National Day of Prayer and Fasting, deepened a custom that our first President initiated. President Lincoln’s purpose was to petition God to heal our divided and suffering country.
    Thomas Jefferson similarly requested his fellow Virginians to participate in a Day of Prayer and Fasting in solidarity for the citizens of Boston at the time of the Tea Party, “to give us one heart and one Mind firmly to oppose, by all just and proper means, every injury to American Rights.”
    Our country today is in desperate need to become one in heart and mind to oppose the deep injuries of Sandy Hook, Aurora, Colo. and the many other victim communities of individual gun violence.
    These shooters are certainly mentally ill as individuals. However, they are a product of our society and are not unique, as demonstrated by the frequency of such events.
    Could these actions be related to the nation’s acceptance and encouragement of violence as entertainment and a solution to problems?
    Perhaps it is time for a new day of prayer and fasting: Peace Plus. This day can be a fast from violence of any kind: violent electronic games, violent language, violent movies or books, violent sports, personal infighting, on and on.

  • Time goes on, so do businesses in LA

    Taco Bell, long gone.
    KFC, long gone.
    Pizza Hut (both) gone.
    McDonalds White Rock, gone.
    Blockbusters, gone.
    Brownells, gone, space empty.
    Otowi Station, gone, space empty.
    Several empty commercial spaces on Central, downtown.
    Hilltop House, foreclosure, future unknown.
    Los Alamos Lodge, closed.
    The Hive, may close, financial trouble.
    Trinity Site, dirt (lots and lots of dirt).
    Where is all the “Economic Development” our local politicians have been spending our money on?
    Maybe we need some kind of  committee or some consultants to determine if “Economic Development” is even feasible here in Los Alamos.
    If it’s not, lets not spend more money on another foolish endeavor.
    R D Little
    Los Alamos 

  • 01-09-13 Letters to the editor


    It was very disturbing to read the Sunday Los Alamos Monitor, front page, above the fold.  You stooped very low to report and describe in detail a crime involving domestic violence.  I believe the news war between the local media has resulted in sleaze journalism.

    This incident could have simply been reported in Police Beat.  By naming and describing the victim in such detail the Monitor is guilty of re-victimizing the victim.  

    A victim of domestic violence (DV) is most often humiliated and shamed and you most likely made it worse.  

    There are usually many incidents of DV before the police are called. 

  • United Way youth team says thanks

    As the United Way of Northern New Mexico (UWNNM) Youth Team’s fundraising season comes to an end, we would like to offer the community our most sincere thank you for its support.  We could not have such a successful giving campaign without the generosity of individuals and local businesses.   A special thanks is extended to J&L Self Storage Vans for their youth team sponsorship.  
    The thirrd annual Taste the Sky event was a great success.  Held at the Los Alamos County Airport, the Youth Team offered two options for diners, “economy class” and “first class.” While there wasn’t a bad seat in the house, those seated in “first class” where given a little extra bang for their buck, which is sure to draw a much bigger crowd next year.  A special thanks goes to Los Alamos County and Airport Manager Peter Soderquist, The Fabulous ‘50s Diner owner Charlie Bracken, Los Alamos Commerce & Development Corporation, Dr. Daniel Meyers and his Embraceable Blue Hot Air Balloon, and Gillian Sutton of Flowers by Gillian.  We also want to recognize the knowledgeable and enthusiastic pilots who offered tours and plane rides as prizes for our raffle drawings.  

  • Sad to see flowers moved, rock painted over

    I am the aunt of Nikolas Ventura- Arencon. It deeply saddens me to see that someone took down all the flowers and repainted the “Rock” in White Rock. I am only writing this to make a point, that I find it horribly disgusting for someone to remove the flowers that were left. I understand that other important messages, like birthday announcements are nice to put on the rock for all of White Rock and LA citizens to see, but I found it sad at the same time. We lost Nik and my family is very much still mourning our loss. I don’t expect any one to care or to do anything about this, but I was hoping that students and friends of Nik could repaint the rock for the holiday season for my sister Jennifer to see.
    There were so many sweet messages to our family and to Nik on that rock, we just weren’t expecting it to be covered so soon.
    Sincerely grateful for all the kind people in Jennifer’s community,
    Rianne Herrera


  • 'Marty' shouldn't be blamed

    I’m disappointed that the Los Alamos Monitor would run an article about “Shock on the Rock”. I understand the sensitivity of the situation, but the “Rock” is public property. The story was unfair to the party who painted the rock “Marty makes 40 look Sporty.”Marty” shouldn’t have to change his birthday.
    I remember one time I painted the rock. I had planned it for weeks. It was to welcome members from several states to a private function at Overlook Park on a particular Memorial Day.
    I waited until the day before the function. My children and I painted the rock accordingly, but I admit, I felt a little guilty painting over the artwork that was already on the rock. But I did it anyway, feeling obligation to the club to which I had promised I would paint the rock. It didn’t even last 24 hours. Members of the club began arriving the next day, but the rock my kids and I had painted was obliterated by 10 a.m. the morning of the event. I’m glad I got a photo.
    So the bottom line is, please don’t make “Marty’s” family feel guilty. Somebody had to do it. And whatever we do, let’s not impose some complicated permitting process for the rock. It’s one of the few true freedoms we have left.
    John Stephenson
    White Rock


  • Drop dead point for N.M. 502

    The county has finally reached the drop-dead point with regard to the redo of N.M. 502 from Knecht to Tewa Loop. The hastily generated design created by PW in January was done without serious critiquing, endorsed by the Transportation Board under questionable circumstances, and approved quickly by the council as it “needed to rush this through urgently to insure funding”, even as some of us indicated that it would not meet LOS.
     This design has now been soundly rejected by state (NMDoT) and federal (FHWA) agencies based on LOS. We are now finding that another design is to be presented to the council for quick approval. Again, the Transportation Board has approved a design at its Dec. 6 meeting that was only made public at their meeting. Council will be discussing this design tonight in chambers. Again, as before, this design has not been through the scrutiny that council insisted on last year for an acceptable design of this portion of N.M. 502 to insure that the circumstances that were encountered with the Trinity redo were not repeated. I am sure that the new Administrator will be quite sensitive to minimizing these continued embarrassments to the council.

  • Hitting the nail on the head

    As always John Bartlit “hit the nail right on the head” with his usual completely scientifically factual and therefore honestly presented article entitled:
    Key to fracking is tell-tale data, Los Alamos edition that was published Thursday.
    As LANL’s conscientious and highly trained water-treatment/pollution, waste-disposal and associated analytical chemists, geologists contractors etc. have known so well for the past 70+ years, the use of harmless chemical  tracers that reveal pathways of pollutants in air, water, the body and food chains are vital to ensuring their sources can be located and prevented from further contamination. Their efforts although mainly satisfactory are never complete and are amongst the most important continuing scientific challenges at the lab.
    Returning to John’s specific discussion about the need for such date from the proposed fracking and oil-shale operations in New York State, once again we are up against the “commercial gorilla in the room” who is thinking only in terms of short-term energy supply and financial gain.

  • Vote yes on the school bond

    Four years ago while president of the LAPS School Board, I wrote a letter to the editor explaining the motivation for the 2009 school bond election.
     In that letter, I appealed to the community to consider a significant bond in order to reverse a deteriorating trend; namely, that some of our key school facilities were in dire need of serious attention.  Further, I stated that we could not afford major replacement of entire facilities; that we could only afford phased renovation or replacement projects to add years of useful life to our existing facilities.
    A “frugal” 20-year facilities renewal plan was developed to prioritize and guide our attention and phased investments. The plan’s guiding premise was renovate and only when renovation is not cost effective was replacement to be even considered.  The plan directed we concentrate on the high and middle schools first, followed by Aspen elementary.  Priorities were also established to address corrective maintenance projects at all school sites.

  • Support the school bond

    Next January, we have an opportunity to make Los Alamos more inviting to the young families that are essential to the future of LANL (and Los Alamos).
    On May 10, 2007, I attended the first meeting of the Los Alamos Public Schools (LAPS) Facility Planning Committee (FPC).  The school board had asked me, Larry Goen, Al Moelenback, Stan Primak and Grant Stewart to serve with two board members and LAPS staff with the goal of developing “a long-range facility asset management program aligned with the district’s fundamental mission.”  We were assisted by Bob Robie, a registered architect from the firm, Architectural Research Consultants (ARC).  ARC is a unique architectural consulting firm specializing in the areas of planning, architectural programming, facility evaluation, and architectural research.
    We by evaluating the condition of our schools and then recommending remodeling or rebuilding depending on the life cycle cost.  We toured all the schools and met with LAPS facilities staff.  In our 20-year plan to address needs at all schools our highest priorities were to renovate the high school and middle school, to replace Aspen school and to enhance major maintenance at the other schools.