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Letters

  • 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!

  • Shelter is swamped with dogs and cats

    The economy has effected the pets in our community. We have had many cats and dogs surrendered to the animal shelter this last month, in addition to the normal intake of roaming animals.  
    Our shelter is extremely full right now. If you are considering adopting a dog or cat, please check the Los Alamos Animal Shelter; we have so many wonderful  animals for adoption. Currently, we have a two for one adoption promotion in the cat room.    
    On Saturday, Friends of the Shelter is sponsoring a Cat/Kitten Adoptathon from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Los Alamos Dog Obedience Center building next to the shelter at East Park.  

  • County's awash with cash

    Though county councilors and others are mourning the drowning of the proposed leisure pool, maybe it’s time for someone to point out that this tragedy might have been averted had current and previous county council members not tossed the leisure pool project a concrete brick instead of a life preserver.
    Forcing the project to be financed through a property tax increase — particularly when the sting of recent school bond increases was still very fresh in the minds of voters — was like hanging a millstone around the neck of a distressed swimmer. It would have been very easy for the county to simply fund the leisure pool outright from the seemingly endless cash reserves the county seems able to tap into whenever it wants.

  • Pool would enhance community

    I highly recommend a “YES” vote for the leisure pool as an addition to the amenities offered by Los Alamos County to the community as a whole.  I am a taxpayer, a voter and a resident. My husband and I share 16 grandchildren, we are teachers and aquatic center members.
    We are of retirement age, even if we are still working.  We exercise daily. I had a hip replacement and the joy I derive from swimming can only be enhanced by the addition of this planned pool.  So many people in their 60s, 70s and 80s gain from having a place to soak, relax and exercise without placing greater stress on their replaced or original joints. Los Alamos would be an even better retirement choice, if this pool were to be built.

  • Anguish over unleashed dog’s fatal attack

    Our precious, loving and well-loved puppy Sally Rose had to be euthanized Sunday Oct. 30 after she was viciously  attacked by a free-roaming big dog  about 9 am. on the public sidewalk on the south side  of San Ildefonso between Camino Durasnilla and Camino Uva.
    Ann was  walking Sally on a short regular leash (NOT a retractable version) with Sally on the sidewalk doing nothing but walking and sniffing the ground when a very  big dog lunged out of the bushes by the sidewalk and grabbed Sally, trying to pull  her into the bushes,  thrashing her, obviously intent from the onset on killing her.

  • Brief pair of negatives on county issues

    I disagree with George Chandler regarding Sheriff Marco Lucero. I think it is great that he wants to continue law enforcement activities for which he is properly trained and I hope that the LAPD can find a way to utilize his qualifications legally and maximally. Don’t we need all the help we can get?
    I disagree with the County Council on the advisability of the current bond election regarding the Leisure Pool addition to the Walkup Aquatic Center. Much as I support the addition, I almost voted against the bond issue because I think the funds should come out of our GRT excess rather than our property taxes.
    Which makes the point that a “no” vote does not necessarily mean opposition to the leisure pool addition itself.

  • Expert advocates new pool

    The leisure pool addition to the Aquatic Center is a true multi-generational facility.
    As a Red Cross Water Safety instructor/trainer for 25 years in Los Alamos, I have some considerable experience in the teaching of basic swimming techniques through life saving, to the very young as well as the senior citizenry.  
    Too many times have I heard “it is too cold — I am going to leave.”  
    All ages will have the warm temperature to water-walk or swim and take a swim class with relaxed, pliant muscles in water temperature conducive to learning.  
    Therefore I am asking that all residents to seriously consider this election and vote YES for this leisure pool addition.

    Rosemary O’Connor

  • Bad timing for a pool

    Why would the county want to bring forth a bond issue, especially a property tax (general obligation) bond in the middle of a recession? Property taxes are a real burden since they never go down but always up.
    As a landlord, I have seen the taxes go up in the face of falling property values. Once upon a time, capital gains were a source of retirement income but now they are no longer a prime source.
    The prospect of federal increases in capital gains really socks it to the landlords and increases rent. Any new tax now is a negative influence on the economy — the leisure pool can wait.

    Vernon Kerr
    White Rock