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Letters

  • Reader finds Friday’s political cartoon to be offensive and tasteless

    I am writing to express my disgust and disappointment in the editorial cartoon that the Monitor chose to run on Friday.  
    It has been less than a week after the shootings in Tucson, with Rep. Giffords still in critical condition and several other victims still hospitalized.  
    In this context, to depict “The Left” — whatever that means — as a “madman, firing indiscriminately” at unspecified victims while there are actual victims of an actual shooting rampage is nauseating.  

  • Prescribed burns during holidays are a bad idea

    Whose idea was it to have a maintenance burn over this holiday? It seems that most of these burns occur on a holiday, in which some people’s only free time to enjoy a nice day.  
    Instead, many residents of this town are stuck with having to stay indoors due to smoke from poorly planned prescribed burns.   
    Well, if you have asthma, you’re going to be indoors and those with respiratory problems I sure hope you have everything you need.

  • Citizens asleep at the wheel with their ho-hum attitudes

    Before you support Boehner’s thrust into healthcare reform, at the very least, visit www.healthcare.gov/center/reports for information from an annual report required by the Affordable Care Act.
    If common sense is no longer in vogue, at least consider that insurance corporations seriously oppose this act … and the concern for the bottom line is now universally more important than “the people.”

  • Fear of change is a frightful hindrance to area progress

    The fear mongering already has begun on the NM502/Trinity Drive Corridor Project.

  • History may shed bit of light on testy topic

    The howls of protest recently over roundabouts on NM 502 are reminiscent of when the roundabout was proposed for the four way stop at San Ildefonso Road and Diamond Drive (2000?).
    At that time, morning traffic regularly backed up to the top of North Mesa and halfway up Barranca, and a vehicle fatality had recently occurred there, too.  
    Roundabout detractors regaled the community with predictions of total traffic collapse and pedestrian slaughter if a roundabout was constructed.

  • Los Alamos is one wacky town in which to reside

    There must be something in the water, as Los Alamos plays Whack a Wacko instead of Whack a Mole.  First we’ve got a guy who wants to help Hugo Chavez build a nuclear reactor.  
    Then we’ve got a guy who’s so enamored of an obsolete white elephant of a municipal building that he’s named the as yet to be designed new one “The Palace of Malice.”  Next we have a deranged physicist who’s convinced that a warhead, which will never be used has a design defect – he’s waiting for a bed in the state mental hospital.

  • Actions symptomatic of impotence felt by many in community

    It is ironic that Friday’s front page headlines carried two items of immense importance where the more important received less attention.
    In the more important headline, “Council drafts a new vision statement,” reporter Kirsten Laskey listed the proposed vision statement along with10 new statement goals. Not addressed in either the vision statement or the 10 goals was any critical concern for the reasons behind the other headline item, “Weapons cache seized.”

  • When a cache is really a cache or really not

    My Monitor arrived rolled up as usual, but this time with a “Weapons Cache Seized” headline prominently displayed.
    I eagerly unrolled the newspaper, wondering what juicy event had happened in our small town.
    One hunting rifle. One plinking rifle. One handgun.
    After I finished (rolling on the floor laughing) and caught my breath, my son asked what was up.
    I explained to him that this was not a “weapons cache.”

  • Coverage sensationalistic and in poor taste

    Today, I decided to stop subscribing to the Monitor after being a faithful reader for 35 years.
    Why? Because the paper has become a third rate gossip rag with old news, if any news, and the Monitor’s reporting of the “Bathtub Row Standoff” was the last straw.  
    “Weapons cache seized” Cache? Really? Isn’t that a bit sensationalistic? Three guns and 1,000 rounds of ammo is hardly a cache. Any hunter or gun collector is likely to have more than that, and last I checked, it was still legal.

  • Downtown businesses would suffer under a one-lane Trinity Drive

    I am writing to voice my concerns over the proposed Trinity Drive options A1 and A2.
    I regularly travel into the downtown area from Los Alamos National Laboratory, and use Trinity on an almost daily basis to run errands and visit my mother living in Aspen Ridge.
    If Trinity is reduced to one lane as proposed, traffic will be at a standstill in the event of an accident, police traffic stop or any type of EMS call.
    Has anyone spoken to the EMS providers or the hospital to see how this will impact their ability to provide emergency services?