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Letters

  • The vote we deserve

    In a recent letter, John Hopkins suggested that the members of LAGRI distrust the citizens of Los Alamos and are trying to block democratic processes.
    In fact, the exact opposite is true.
    The CRC recommended and county council approved proposals consisting of 21 ordinances to be condensed into four questions for voters to approve. The reason there were 21 ordinances is because the county charter requires that ordinances be on a single subject.  We have all heard repeatedly that it is important for ballot questions to be on a single subject. So why are they being squeezed into just four questions?

  • Several energy options exist

    or my humanities class I was asked to do research on a topic of my choosing.  I decided to research on energy and specifically renewable energy. I learned a lot about the new attempts and new ideas that we can use as viable ways to  replace the fossil fuel energy source, and I want to share my information  that I have found.
    Our community in Los Alamos has been expanding in different sources of  energy. We have a new solar array at our middle school on North Mesa and we are even in the process of getting one around our dump near the lab and in a  nice open space with lots of sunlight able to be collected. This is one way that our community is making an impact on changing the energy source. This is only one alternitive and there are many more.

  • Congress must seize conservation opportunity

    An unfortunate, and little noticed, casualty of the present political gridlock in Washington, D.C. is the protection of our nation’s outdoor recreational resources. Budgets for the operation and maintenance of America’s iconic National Park system have been slashed in the interest of balancing the federal budget and parks are only part of this tragedy. With so many of us relying on public lands for our quality of life and our livelihoods, ill-considered cuts to conservation programs only make hard times worse for most Americans.

  • Looking for alternatives

    On April 24, more than 20 ordinances were introduced by council to amend the county charter to toughen existing petitioning requirements, add new requirements such as legal reviews and judicial determinations, as well as numerous other changes.  The ordinances also rewrite charter sections to eliminate ambiguities; however, this means that all of the ordinances need to be squeezed into four ballot questions.  Council will debate these ordinances on Wednesday .
    This is a major problem for citizens.

  • Remembering George Cowan

    In all the many obituaries that have appeared in the area and national press astonishing us with the remarkable life and activities of George Cowan, one important recognition he received has not been mentioned: in 2003 he was elected a Los Alamos Living Treasure.
    As he was ill at the time of the ceremony, he recorded a message which he sent with his wife Satch, and the tape was played at the event. Along with other graceful remarks, he spoke feelingly of the pleasure he felt at being  honored by his home town.
    He said that of the many he had been given over the years,  this award was one of the most meaningful to him.
    George Cowan’a remark summed up the essence of what Living Treasures is all about.

  • Taking aim at columnists

    It is unusual to find John Pawlak and Robert Gibson on the same page!
    No, not unusual in the Los Alamos Monitor, but both opposing government expenditures as wasteful.

  • Supporting Coss in House race

    I am a union pipefitter and work at the Los Alamos Lab. Many of us who work  here live in Santa Fe, Tesuque, or the Pojoaque area. This year, sadly, Speaker Ben Lujan cannot run for reelection. The best choice for his  replacement is Santa Fe Mayor David Coss.
    As Mayor of Santa Fe David raised  its minimum wage to the highest in the country – $10.29 per hour for all  workers. He stimulated job growth so that Santa Fe now has the lowest unemployment rate in New Mexico. He worked with my union to make sure that City projects can be built union and to give Santa Fe youth a chance to get  into union apprenticeship programs. David was always there at the legislature  lobbying for working families. Support Coss for state representative.

  • Reader questions police charges

    A concerned neighbor phones LAPD because a man appears “suicidal.” The man does not (at first) answer when five officers ring his bell.  He does answer a call from the police dispatcher, saying that he has no intention of hurting himself or others, but he does not want to meet the officers.
    They persist. The man goes to his garage and starts his car. An officer commands him to stop.  He warns them not to follow, and backs out a few yards, then pulls back into his garage.

  • Time to wish all a Happy Easter

    Dear Editor,
    It’s that time of year again when the hot and cold winds meet to create stormy forecasts. No, I’m not talking about the weather. I’m referring to religion and politics, the two topics best avoided in polite company.
    The two should be differentiated from faith and social problem solving. Good things often flow when these two topics come together. Not so with religion and politics. When they mix, facts get filleted and the truth gets traded for the token power of talking points and the labels of lies that send us scurrying to the security of our fortresses of fear.

  • More thoughts on roundabouts

    I  read tonight the letter from Peter C.  LeDelfe titled  “Roundabouts.” I don’t question his observations from Nairobi,  but do respectfully question his conclusions, at least broadly applied.
    I have driven extensively throughout Europe and Japan where traffic circles are quite common. I’ve found them to be a safe and efficient way to route  traffic, certainly much more efficient than stoplights or four-way stops.
    Our  own local traffic circle at Diamond and San Ildefonso moves traffic quite well, despite the occasional driver still flummoxed by the right-of-way  rules.