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Letters

  • Teamwork leads to big success

    A community working together can accomplish amazing things, and LA Cares is grateful.  On Saturday, May 7, the local chapter of the National Association of Letter Carriers and the Boy Scouts of America teamed up for the semi-annual Help Stamp Out Hunger food collection.
    With support from the Postal Service – mailing the postcard reminders, use of trucks and facilities – the carriers picked up bags of food left on mailboxes along their routes, and delivered them for sorting.

  • Trinity Drive could use significant rehabilitation

    Forty million dollars is a lot to spend in the name of improving the “safety” of Trinity Drive.  
    When I was in business school, I was taught to use cost/benefit analysis when looking at a proposed expenditure.  
    I would like to know if there is an estimate for the reduction in lives lost or bodily injury crashes so that we can see what we will get for $40 million.  
    It seems that  few towns are able to spend that kind of money, but thousands more are providing appropriate safety for their residents and visitors in a cost effective fashion without roundabouts every half mile.
    It is clear that Trinity Drive could use significant rehabilitation, but I am sure that could be done for a lot less.

  • Arizona fire haze reminiscent of coal-fired power plants

    The visible news for days now has been the thick smoke from Arizona forest fires filling the Rio Grande Valley. Old-timers recall the 1970s, when haze from the large coal-fired power plants in the Four Corners region often reached the valley.
    A decade of citizen effort cut down the then-legal emissions of ash by 300-400 tons daily.
    Later, the legal emissions of sulfur oxides (SOx) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) from the plants also were reduced by 300-400 tons a day.
    Albuquerque rules and new engine technology cut NOx emissions from vehicles. Ash, SOx and NOx cause haze.
    More citizen work and political help from both parties produced laws and rules for the Prevention of Significant Deterioration in treasured parks.    

  • Restaurant seeks beer and wine license in unincorporated area

    We’d like to thank the Los Alamos Monitor for the article ‘Enchantment by the River’ about Embudo including our restaurant, Embudo Station.
    However, there are some factual inaccuracies. Chef John Cox has never been the chef at the restaurant. Chef Cox designed the initial menu in 2009 and is a member of our small business.
    We loved Jay Bost, who did cook there last year, but is no longer employed with us because the restaurant is not open yet this season. We have run into serious difficulties with the landlord, but are hoping to find a resolution and open again soon.

  • Call to expand sports coverage

    I am writing to ask you if we could have a Los Alamos Middle School section in the sports section.
    This is because this year we had an outstanding football season, a  good cross country season and a pretty good track season. If we had a middle  school section in the sports section more people would know about our success.
    This addition might also boost customers for the Los Alamos Monitor.
    With this addition, we would also increase the awareness of the Los Alamos  community on what is going on around the middle school. With that I hope you at least consider putting a middle school section in the sports section.

    Christopher Bond
    Los Alamos

     

  • Water rates hike questioned

    In the May 26 edition of the Los Alamos Monitor, a front page story told us about how Los Alamos County Department of Public Utilities wants to raise our water rates by 6 percent.
    I guess they need more money. But they are willing to spend $40 million to rebuild Trinity Drive.
    Recently I have seen several stories in the Los Alamos Monitor about how the schools and other local organizations do not have enough money for their budgets.
    It seems to me that the $40 million could be used in better ways.
     
    Melvin Prueitt
    Los Alamos

  • Troubled by Family Council's dilemma

    We were pleased to note the thorough and thought provoking story you published in the Los Alamos Monitor May 5, but we are troubled to be so informed of a major difficulty facing Los Alamos Family Council.  
    We are proud of the community services offered by LAFC for nearly 50 years, consisting primarily of counseling and youth programs. We cannot imagine the detriment to our community if LAFC closed its doors.    
    Youth Activity Centers in Los Alamos as well as in White Rock for  grades 3 -8 would be absent, as would be the counseling offered for low income families, remediation for alcohol and substance abuse,  family relationships, mental health, crisis line and other areas of  concern.

  • Kudos to PEEC for all the help

    We would like to thank the Pajarito Environmental Education Center for providing a platform and a set of amazing volunteers for the Art Swap last weekend.  
    PEEC helped the community recycle tables and trunks full of art supplies, and gave new inspiration to everyone who came through the doors.   
    Special thanks to all who set up tables as well.  
    What a difference you’ve  made!

    Karen Wray’s Fine Art Gallery
    Village Arts

     

  • LANL should temper shockwaves to avoid damaging residences

    I read, with surprise, the May 10 Los Alamos Monitor story “Detonation permit meeting has fireworks” in which Los Alamos National Laboratory representatives expressed their concern about “noise” from test explosions on White Rock residents.
    I think the most important point has been missed. A distant siren and subsequent explosion may get my attention, but the “shock wave” from these explosions is what I really worry about. I believe test explosions conducted by the laboratory should have adequate insight and controls to limit shock waves so that they will not create stress cracks in drywall, footings and stem walls, rattle windows, cause pictures on the walls to fall or tilt, or cause other damage to our homes.

  • Concern over dogs’ behavior

    I just read David Jones’ letter about the attack on him and his dogs and I am very sorry this happened to him.
    To the owner of those dogs, and any others who allow such behavior, please take note.
    Los Alamos County has very generously permitted dog owners to enjoy walking their dogs without the encumbrance of a leash, in designated areas, under voice and sight control.
    “Voice and sight control means the keeper has the ability to control the dog by voice command and the dog must respond immediately to that command.
    Further, the dog must remain within sight of the keeper. Even in designated voice and sight control areas in Los Alamos, the dog must be on a leash unless it meets the requirements of voice and sight control.”