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Letters

  • Improve golf course but spare trails

    I attended the public meeting about the proposed improvements to the Los Alamos Golf Course on Thursday and would like to put the following comments in the public record.
    Readers not familiar with the proposed changes to the golf course can find the details at:  http://www.losalamosnm.us/projects/capital/Pages/GolfCourseImprovement.aspx, http://www.losalamosnm.us/projects/cdd/Documents/CapitalImprovementsProj....
    Budget impacts (navigate to page 50 (117) for the chart) are at: http://www.losalamosnm.us/omb/2012AdoptedBudget/05DepartmentSummaries.pdf.

  • Calling on people in the community to fast

    Dear ministers of our Lord, I am a minister of the Lord God who has been called to contact you concerning a corporate fast that the Father God has led me to share with you.  
    I have recently completed an 80 day fast (mostly water) on Oct. 30, in which the Father shared with me that he wants His people in the Los Alamos area to Fast and Pray and seek Him for His will and for you and your congregations, as well as for what He wants to do in your life, their lives and in the Northern New Mexico area.
    He shared with me that the weekly Los Alamos City Wide Worship and Prayer Group should advertise in the Los Alamos Monitor a corporate 10 day fast for all ministers of Father God.

  • Expansion of golf course could hurt local trails, wildlife

    “The War Department taking a family’s land for the war effort is understandable,” write the authors Los Alamos: the Ranch School Years, 1917-1943. “Less acceptable is knowing that the family homestead became part of a golf course.”
    Well, 64 years after it was built by the Atomic Energy Commission, Los Alamos County wants to expand that golf course, affecting at least 25 acres (including the Walnut Creek and Woodland trails) used year-round by walkers, runners, cyclists, bird watchers, and nature enthusiasts.

  • It's time for Allen Weh to share his own ideas

    I am disappointed that Allen Weh would use his space in the Los Alamos Monitor to repeat Republican Talking Points, that can be heard 24 hours a day on Fox News and a plethora of conservative talk radio programs.
    If he wants to have his say each month, he should be presenting his own ideas in a reasoned and intelligent tone.  
    I am tired of hearing the talking points of “class warfare” and President Obama’s lack of leadership.
    This president has made an incredible effort to work with both parties in congress, and most of us are painfully aware that those who will not compromise on anything are the Republicans.

  • Keep those hands off WIPP mission

    I would like to implore Rep. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., to utilize what is left of his cerebrum/cerebellum and, or medulla in his foolhardy and suspiciously self-serving desire to sever the  fiduciary relationship he holds with the citizens of New Mexico, by seeking to support the change to the intended mission of WIPP.  
    WIPP up to now has been seen as the world’s only nuclear repository for low level nuclear waste and was never to become  that of what  was Yucca mountain’s intended mission (as ill conceived as that was) a storage facility for the spent fuel rods of the nations 103 nuclear reactors. 

  • Organization founded for those displaced by statewide wildfires

    Déjà vu has never held a negative connotation to me, until June 26th, 2011, the first day of the Las Conchas fire.  
    Once again, I was at a distance while my friends and family wondered if their homes would be threatened by the flames.  Thankfully, this outcome was much different than that of the Cerro Grande fire, when my family and many friends did lose their homes.  

  • There's a big message in leisure pool defeat

    The resounding defeat of the leisure pool has correctly been noted in recent letters here as a disconnect between county officialdom and its citizenry.
    It’s a problem that, unless addressed, will continue I fear.
    We know the county is “awash” in (GRT) money.
    We know the county has many fine people working for it.
    We know on the other hand that this is a highly educated community and that it seems clear many feel their voice is not being heard (despite meetings held by various staff members.)

  • Council's disconnect goes beyond pool

    Dr. Kovalenko’s letter “Discovering the county council’s disconnect” in the Nov. 16 edition of the Los Alamos  Monitor provided an interesting perspective on local politics.
    However one felt and voted on the leisure pool project, the gross misreading of public sentiment by the Los Alamos County Council was remarkable.
    The fallacy is to believe that 50-70 ardent people showing up for a cause represents the public at large. I offer another example: the endless push for roundabouts on Trinity. Red flags galore have been raised about the entire idea.

  • Domenici's deficit reduction proposal disappointing

    Pete V. Domenici served the state of New Mexico and our country as a United States senator with intelligence, integrity and honor for 36 years.
    As chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, he displayed a thorough depth of knowledge of our economy.
    It is, therefore, puzzling to me that he would make a proposal on Nov. 1 to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction – the Super Committee – for the privatization of Medicare as a primary solution to our debt and deficit difficulties.

  • Discovering the county council's disconnect

    Disconnect? The two-to-one leisure pool vote drubbing was more than a rejection of a worthwhile project. It was a wake up call to the Los Alamos County Council that the citizens do not trust them.
    In conversation with a county councilor a couple of days after the vote, he described the dismay of the councilors, who were convinced the vote would easily go the other way.
    He then asked me: “Is there a disconnect between the Los Alamos County government and the Los Alamos citizens?”
    That was it!  It was the burning issue that the Los Alamos Deep Democracy Open Forum (LADDOF) people have been looking for in order to launch their first open forum!