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Letters

  • Protect income for future generations

    The proposed Trinity Site lease makes no provision to protect Los Alamos Schools from inflation.
    It’s easy to understand how time will erode the value of our community’s income. The basic rent is $511,000 per year.
    First, from the terms of the lease, the best-case income after 25 years is $539,310. Second, what would the value of $511,000 be after 25 years of inflation?
    Call this X. We then take the ratio of 539,310.10/X to compute the fraction of $511,000 that our schools will earn in 25 years.
    Since we don’t know what inflation will do over the next 25 years, let’s consider historical data to get a range of possible outcomes.

  • Trinity Site is innovative

     As a mom and teacher, I believe in helping younger generations thrive and grow. I support my students and help them find ways to contribute in a world that welcomes them.  
    Just the same, I hope that long-time Los Alamos residents want to support young families and give us the chance to share our talents and add amenities so we can fully live in Los Alamos.  
    Unfortunately, improvements that might make life better for families often do not get backing — the recent swimming pool vote is a perfect example.  
    If the new golf course building had come to a vote, would it have failed, too? I don’t know. But what I do know is that Los Alamos needs to be more visionary for all interests.

  • It’s good to hear someone listened

    Thank you Robert Gibson for speaking the truth about the Trinity Site, which has been screaming itself hoarse thinking no one was listening!

    JJ Maier
    Los Alamos

     

  • Keep it civil - can the cutesy

    Without entering whether the currently planned Trinity Site development is desirable or not — it’s already been a lengthy and probably continuing slog — I do object to George Chandler’s divisions of opinions in his op- ed of Jan. 3.
    Classifying opinion holders as “nattering nabobs of negativity” as opposed to “positive visionaries” (does he consider himself one of those?) is about as useful a dividing  opinion holder as “fair representatives of the community” versus “the opinioned who think they know better.”
    That may be just as, if not, more accurate. But this kind of labeling just deepens a divide on a number of issues here.

  • Trinity Site repackaged

    Nattering nabobs of negativity against the patient visionaries? More likely weary realists against those who want to maintain the status quo packaged in a new wrapper.
    The Trinity Site Project is no longer even close to the concept that was originally pitched to us. The reality is that we will have spent a ridiculous amount of our collective money to have the same limited options as before.
    As an added bonus, we’ll probably have another vacant building to drive by on the way to our only choice.

    Mike Browne
    Los Alamos

  • NADG’s plan isn’t new

    OMG! Did you see the front page of the Jan. 3 Los Alamos Monitor?  I guess I just don’t get it. Am I the only one who thinks the North American Development Group (NADG) proposal for Trinity Site is exactly what we already have?  
    Just look at the drawing, come on folks, I could have come up with that for a lot less $$$. If this drawing depicts what “we” are looking for then gosh darn it plant a bunch of trees in the current Smith’s parking lot and have Smith’s expand into the property they already own.   

  • Historic Homestead Tour left off list

    Thank you for the story on upcoming New Mexico Centennial events in the Dec. 29 “Diversions,” however you missed an important one.   
    The Los Alamos County Council enthusiastically supported the creation of a Historic Homestead Tour in Los Alamos, outside of Department of Energy land.  
    In seven locations, 17 signs describing the history and extent of pre-Manhattan Project homesteads will be installed.
    This tour was selected as a New Mexico Centennial project, appropriately so as homesteading was the principal activity during 1912 in the location we think of as Los Alamos.

  • Humans can coexist with predators

    Who doesn’t love to watch birds around a feeder as you drink your coffee on a snowy winter morning?  
    After getting through the long dry winter of last year and the fires of summertime, I did.
    I waited to put our birdfeeder out until I was sure the bears were away.  
    The Las Conchas Fire destroyed habitat for the large predators in the county.
    If you watch black bears and mountain lions closely, you can tell when they are in flux. After the fire, these animals were forced to find new ranges.

  • All open spaces in LA County important

    I do not golf, yet many years ago when there was a proposal to use our current course for houses and to move the course to Bayo Canyon, I supported the golfing community in its opposition to such a move, as I believe having a functional golf course enhances the quality of life in our community and the “visually open space” created by the course is an additional attractive feature for the community.

  • Golf course impacts

    Our system of hiking trails is among the leading contributors to the quality of life in Los Alamos County.
    The trail system effort has been led by Craig Martin and many volunteers, including my son.
    I use the Walnut Canyon Rim Trail for running and frequently hike there with my family. Our trail system linking neighborhoods is a rare treasure. My previous home of Concord, Mass., with its legacy of Henry David Thoreau and environmentalism, did not offer the beauty of our trail system.