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Letters

  • Taking issue with a friend's comments

    This letter is in response to Joel Williams’ letter in the Feb. 27 Los Alamos Monitor dealing with changes to Trinity Drive.  Joel is a friend and previously a neighbor of many years.
    Trinity Drive has numerous problems: It is dangerous for drivers because of numerous intersections without traffic signals. It is dangerous for those riding bicycles and for pedestrians.  It is an uniquely ugly street and does little to promote Los Alamos as a nice place to visit, live or shop.

  • Time for repealing the state data privatization law is running out

    Where’s your data? Your taxes are being used by state government to collect data on crime, infrastructure, public health, education, the environment … and a host of other public matters.

  • Kudos to the county council for hiring traffic consultants

    The following is a portion of my letter submitted to the Los Alamos County Council on Feb. 18: I applaud your decision to hire a traffic consultant to formulate a plan to redo Trinity/NM 502.  
    I attended several of the community meetings that consultant MIG held and feel that they captured the wishes of those who attended — A proposals.
    I am delighted that  the consultants have incorporated  safety concerns into their proposed “A” design.

  • Keep Trinity uncomfortable and unpleasant as possible

    I agree wholeheartedly with those who want to see Los Alamos as nothing more than a town to drive through quickly.
    Trinity Drive must remain ugly and dangerous. The safety of those who live south of Trinity must continue to be ignored. We need to promote more of that wonderful “Cerrillos Road” feeling.
    We must make dang sure that we don’t dare make Trinity an attractive road. We certainly don’t want to give bicyclists and other slow moving vehicles any room.

  • Thank you for helping veterans

    The VFW Post 8874 and its Ladies Auxiliary, The Patriot Guard Riders, Paws Stripes, and the Española Blue Star Mothers visited the Albuquerque Veterans Hospital Feb. 13 as part of the Valentines for Vets Program.
    We distributed many amenities to our hospitalized veterans, which could not have been possible without the generous contributions of many in our collective communities.

  • War declared on labor unions

    Widows and orphans begging on the streets. Workers living in shabby company housing and owing more than their meager wages to company stores.
    Families freezing and starving in tenements. Workplace accidents killing thousands.
    Women dying in childbirth or from back alley abortions. The effluvia of mining, manufacturing and power generation carelessly dumped in rivers and forests and spewed into the air we breathe.
    These are the “good old days” to which many state and federal lawmakers and executives would have us return.

  • Parents can easily detect marijuana use inside cars

    The Los Alamos County DWI Planning Council would like to alert parents to some disturbing results from the latest PRIDE survey of Risk and Protective Factors for our students in grades 7 to 12.  
    The survey was funded by the planning council to help us assess the risk and protective factors that predict problem behaviors such as alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, poor school achievement and delinquency in the lives of young people.

  • Book demand is only partially predictable

    Inventory management is always the trickiest challenge for any business. You want to have enough of an item on hand to meet the demand, but you don’t want to have more on hand that is needed to meet the demand.  The problem is that demand is only partially predictable; you can, after some time, get a good sense of average demand and seasonal demand, but there will be times when there are unusual spikes and there you are with a customer wanting something you normally carry but you are out of stock. The only solution is to order the extra required to fill the spike.

  • This town needs a strong mayor

    So, the Charter Review Committee has deemed that the county and a strong mayor type government are not a good fit. We are after all a city/county government. What is wrong with having a strong mayor where there is a true separation of powers?
    What is wrong with having a mayor who makes decisions without having to pass everything before a seven-person council?
    If, as the Charter Review Committee deems, we might have a weak mayor, which would appear to look like a council with eight members.

  • Much of corridor broken

    I would like to provide some corrections and clarifications to comments that are being made by opponents of the proposed changes to NM502/Trinity Drive, as it seems to me that the opponents have not followed the public information sessions nor are they providing correct commentary on many aspects of the design or reasons for change.