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Letters

  • Heinrich will help lab

    A friend sent me former Congresswoman Heather Wilson’s article in the Los Alamos Monitor: “Congressional delegation failed to stick up for Los Alamos.”  The article cited the deferral of the Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement Facility project for her concern.  As a former LANL staff member (when it was called LASL) I am well aware of the importance of the Chemistry and Metallurgy facility and the need to replace it with a modern facility.  The cost and complexity of this project calls for thoughtful consideration.  Unfortunately fiscal concerns have led to the delay.  Wilson says that nobody in the New Mexico Congressional delegation is willing to fight for Los Alamos.  I disagree.

  • Expressing support for Trinity project

    After reviewing the available information about the Trinity Development  project on the LA County website and the LA Schools slide show, I want to  express my support for this project.

  • Protestors take too much credit

    The CMRR critics are taking too much credit for the CMRR deferral for 5 years by the Obama administration. The critics focus on their own efforts is human nature but the decision to delay CMRR is a political decision made by the Obama administration.

  • Are old buildings safer?

    If the seismic risk to any new building at LANL is so much larger than estimated before, would not the risk to the old CMR Building and PF-4 also be larger?  Wouldn’t a new building be safer than the old one?
    Alan Hack
    Los Alamos

     

  • Memo to teens: Show up to meeting

    Hey Teens, on January 17, I went to the final Phase One public meeting for the new Los Alamos Teen Center. I, along with lots of other teens and adults, learned lots of information on what the new teen center is going to look like, what it’s going to provide, and where it’s going to be – behind the Quest Building across from Ashley Pond.
     Everybody voted on either of two options: Path of Discovery or Prism. Path of Discovery will have circular features, and Prism will be very angular.
    Both options will have inside and outside decks, a snack area, a performing arts area, loud spaces, chill spaces, quiet spaces, and a multi-purpose area.

  • Disappointed in LANL funding

    Dear Editor,
    I was disappointed that our funding for LANL was cut in proportion to that received by Sandia. I have sent a note along with the newspaper clipping and my book The Strange Disappearance of Uncle Dudley: A Child’s Story of Los Alamos, to the President.  I inscribed it  to President and Mrs. Obama and Daughters. (Signed and dated by the author, of course)
    On the note I said I’m not in favor of bombs, but LANL does work in space, medical and environmental fields. I wish that funding for all the National Labs could be balanced and a percentage earmarked for non-weapons work.
     The book is for the White House Library.
    I added that I am still planning on voting for Obama.

    Inez Ross

  • Making sense of golf course alternatives

    Editor:
     
    It is good that the potential improvements to the Los Alamos Golf Course are being discussed by all, but we need to make sure that the options and alternatives make sense. The walking trail bridge, for example, is an option that doesn’t seem to make sense for any of the users.
     Presently, the options have been narrowed down to two. Alternative 1 stays within the existing golf course boundary and footprint.
     Alternative 2 expands the boundary over some of the existing trails. Both alternatives call for moving the walking trail bridge to a new location with a major redesign at a cost of about a quarter-million dollars.

  • Talking LA Green

    In his thorough and thoughtful column of February 8, Mark Jones outlined the health hazards of mercury and other pollutants caused by coal-fired power plants.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ruling for limiting pollution by coal-burning power plants is a victory for us all. But we shouldn’t rest just yet. We can still do more toward a goal of clean and affordable energy that benefits us all.

  • Combined letter legislation

      Readers may be interested in knowing that a bill has been submitted to our legislature that would provide positive cash flow for New Mexico by closing a tax loophole that allows out-of-state and multi-unit companies to avoid paying their share of  New Mexico taxes.  The loophole would be closed by requiring ‘combined reporting’ when these corporations file their tax returns.
       This legislation, SB90, would also create a more nearly level playing field for New Mexico companies, and it would lower taxes from 7.9 percent to 7 percent for all corporations with more than a million dollars in revenue.  (Smaller corporations would continue to pay a 4.9 percent tax rate.)

  • A ‘bang’ in the universe

    Was the Big Bang an “alchemistic experiment” to create something “solid” out of the simplest assemblage of atoms, hydrogen gas? What have we learned about fusion? What is our physical ability compared to that needed to compress enough hydrogen molecules to contain all the matter of “our” universe into a small enough space and then allow enough time for it to stew and go supercritical? Quite a field experiment I’d say. A little bigger than Nevada or Siberia.
    I wonder what instruments are being used to monitor the results.