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Letters

  • No need for reservoir

    It seems that the time has come for us to cut our losses on the reservoir. As  a civil engineer, I understand the benefits of having a reservoir, for recreation, water supply, and flood control. I also appreciate the immense  effort that goes into designing, constructing, and maintaining dams. As a  geologist, I understand that in the end, all reservoirs are doomed to failure, succumbing to the natural forces that created watercourses and  canyons in the first place.
    Consider that we really have no further need of the reservoir, as we have  moved beyond the needs for which it was constructed in the first place.

  • Place the blame where it belongs

    Editor:
    In his recent column lamenting the loss of green areas in Los Alamos, Chick Keller urges us not to blame firefighters for destroying a canyon after fingering those same firefighters for setting the back burns that blackened it. Sadly, Keller’s apparent bitterness over the present state of Valle Canyon betrays an insincerity of sentiment toward the grim but necessary work of firefighters engaged in steering an inferno away from the heart of our community.

  • Helping out New Beginnings

    I would like to encourage Christians in the  community to donate money to help the New Beginning’s Church.  I heard of one  congregation in town that is taking a special offering.  Others may be doing  the same.
     If that is not an avenue for you to give and you want to, send the  donation to New Beginnings.  They probably have insurance, but as we know  from other fire losses in our town, insurance does not always cover all the  expenses.  No one from the church has asked for donations.  I just think this  is a way the Christian community in town can help some of our brothers who  are in need.
    Kay Grady
    Los Alamos

  • DPU should work with PNM

    The San Juan Generating Station costs New Mexicans up to $60 million a year in public health costs from the asthma attacks, heart attacks, chronic bronchitis, and premature deaths that result from lack of decent air pollution controls on its smokestacks.
      The EPA has ordered the owners of the plant, of whom Los Alamos is one, to install high quality pollution controls to reduce the nitrogen oxide emissions by 80%.

  • A moral document?

    Is the federal budget a moral document?  The budget proposed by Congressman Paul Ryan contains cuts to the food stamp program, as well as to Medicaid for chilldren and disabled.  
    Those cuts could result in 2 million families sliding into poverty, 8 million people losing food stamp support, and as many as 30 million people losing health care.
     But wait!  
    Those cuts for poor people could help balance the extra $8 billion that the Congress wants to give the Department of Defense (DOD); that’s $8 billion more than the DOD requested.  
    The Congress also proposes cutting funding for the State Department.  
    So more for war, less for diplomacy.
    Doesn’t sound like a moral document to me.

  • Shot from the hip goes awry

    In her usually good column Sunday, Sherry Robinson fired a shot from the hip and unwarrantedly struck a Corrales public employee. Robinson claims idiocy for taking an electronic cigarette out into the Bosque during fire surveillance.
    Anyone who has spent more than 30 seconds learning how those things work will recognize how difficult it is to understand one of them starting a fire. Unlike “real” cigarettes, these are low temperature, low voltage devices that are expected to reduce or eliminate fire risk from “smoking.”

  • A lesson in civil discourse

    In 1776, we Americans threw off the yoke of the British Empire by signing the Declaration of Independence.  The Boston Tea Party in 1773 was the spark that led the Colonies to send representatives to Philadelphia. It was these representatives who took that brave action on July 4, 1776, setting an example that most of the rest of the world has since followed.
    Now, in 2012, the Democratic Republic that we formed so long ago is once more in danger:  our elected representatives seem incapable of governing this free nation, and are in stalemate on most issues.  They can only agree on issues that are strongly advocated by the most powerful corporations, the ones who provide millions of dollars in campaign contributions.

  • Letter to the Editor 06-14-12

    Since Los Alamos is the most affluent community in northern NM, and we are one of the counties with the most millionaires in the country and have the premier Laboratory in the country, and our county council is spending money like it’s going out of style, why is there an outhouse at the North Mesa picnic grounds instead of modern, inside bathroom facilities?
    I was outraged and disgusted to find this out quite by accident while walking my dog this past weekend. We clean up after our dog in this county yet we have an outhouse for public use?
     This should be intolerable to any citizen in Los Alamos County! Certainly there is a sufficient water source and sewer lines close enough to put inside bathrooms there.

  • Reject the LAGRI petition

    Editor:
     Some years ago while I was serving on the Los Alamos County Council, a group of citizens concerned about local projects formed an organization and named themselves Los Alamos Government Review Initiative. They sought to bring to a vote all county projects that exceeded $1,000,000. Their methods included circulating petitions for citizen signature to require all county projects that exceeded $1M to be brought before county voters for approval.

  • CRC-LAGRI debate rages on

    Dear Editor:
     The county council, having failed to recognize legal precedent and logic, ads and letters are now appearing in the Los Alamos Monitor using mockery and invective to support their ballot proposals.  
     The county council has ruled illegal the LAGRI petitions about capital spending (which were signed by over 2,000 voters) on the grounds that they were logrolling, and subsequently the acting county attorney claimed that logrolling is akin to fraud. (Logrolling is the practice of placing multiple questions addressing separate issues on a ballot.)  Ignoring its own precedent, the county council has now rolled 21 complex issues into four ballots.  Now that’s logrolling!