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Letters

  • Many areas subject to wild fires

    The situation in Los Alamos reflects so many other areas that are vulnerable to wild fires. Tragedy can be alleviated and losses kept to minimum through a change in national policy. I am referring to the policy of contracting for air fire suppression.
    Consider the C-17 Globemaster:
    •A load capacity of 170,000 lbs. (that’s 21,250 gallons of water).
    •Capable of dropping loads near ground level.
    •There are three squadrons based at Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, Wash.
    •Range is 2,400 nautical miles fully loaded.
    •Capable of operating from airfields of 3,500 feet of runway and 90 feet width.

  • Good experience at Dr. Tom's

    We recently took our three children for their annual physicals with Dr. Tom Csanadi (Dr. Tom) in his new office. He saw them together, taking time to exam and speak to them.
    Our children have never seemed happier after a doctor’s appointment.  They talked all through dinner about the funny things Dr. Tom said and how they’re no longer nervous about going to the doctor.
    Our’s children’s ages span a daughter going to high school and a son in kindergarten who were equally happy with their visits. Dr. Coombs came over from her OB-GYN practice to visit with us — it’s one stop shopping!
    We couldn’t recommend Dr. Tom more highly ... it’s so nice to have options out there now.

  • Lots of kudos go to KRSN

    I don’t listen much to KRSN. But when I need them, like the recent Las Conchas evacuation, they’re always there at A.M. 1490. They did a clearly spectacular job over the period of the fire in keeping us all informed and connected.
    Things have changed since I last listened to KRSN (Cerro Grande fire). I was, at first, taken aback by the lady announcer they had on the air.  
    But the more I listened, the more I really began to like her. Her jerky, staccato, school-marmish, breezy, amateurish (in the highest sense of the word) on-air delivery often left me in stitches.
    A smooth, polished, well coiffed Katie Couric she ain’t. But CBS News’ loss is Los Alamos’ gain. Gillian Sutton ... you’re simply the best!!!

  • Roundabouts may have hampered evacuation

    I am glad to hear the recent evacuation went well.  
    Imagine how it would have gone had the proposed seven roundabouts on Trinity Drive had been in place.
    Contact your favorite council person.

    Phyllis B. Holland
    Los Alamos

  • Requesting council provide explanation on MIG deal

    Los Alamos County Council, I was recently informed that despite being shown data that proves the MIG presentation and proposals are severely faulted, you intend to continue to invest our tax dollars in hiring them — at the tune of another $80,000 — to present more of their biased analysis.  
    So far, I think you’ve already paid them $400,000 for this venture alone. I am asking you now for a justification statement for this continued expenditure. In any well run business, large expenditures can always be formally justified by a written statement.  
    I am asking you for this written statement.

  • LAFD addresses risk issue

    Although we share the concerns of our community for the safety of Los Alamos, our graduated approach was arrived at by evaluating the risk of these activities taking into consideration the locations at which they will occur.
    Public fireworks display, given the dry conditions we are confident that with the location (limited continuity of combustible material) and types of fireworks used at this display much of the hazard is limited.
    Over the years that this display has been held at Overlook Park the display has never threatened our community including the dry years following 2000.
    This display has given our community a venue during this holidays that may limit the private use of fireworks, which are far more dangerous to the public and property.

  • Fire risk questioned

    I commend the Los Alamos County Council for imposing a partial fireworks, campfire and smoking ban in some portions of the county in this extreme drought.  
    According to Asst. Fire Chief Thompson, “...the ignition potential for the forest has been determined to be 100 percent, meaning that every ember reaching combustible material has the potential to start a fire” (Los Alamos Monitor, June 22).
    But Idongedit.
    If the danger is this high (and I don’t doubt that it is), why not impose a complete ban?  
    Why are ANY fireworks and ANY campfires or grill fires allowed?  Why take the risk?
    Can’t we all forgo those pleasures until after the monsoons arrive, in the interest of safety?

  • Government contracting: A new path to revenue?

    In times of economic upheaval when private sector output slows, government contracts may mean the difference between running a company at profit rather than loss.
    The Procurement Technical Assistance Program, set up by the New Mexico Small Business Development Network in 2009, is a non-profit organization that helps small businesses obtain government contracts.
    PTAP counselors provide seminars and help clients identify government contract opportunities. Most PTAP services are provided free of charge. The federal- and state-funded organization has helped more than 600 New Mexico clients obtain over $70 million in government contracts.

  • Local schools need community's help

    On June 14, during the lunch break from my employer-funded MATLAB training course I attended a Kiwanis meeting.  
    There I heard Dr. Gene Schmidt, LAPS superintendent and John Wolfe, LAPS business manager, describe the school’s budgeting process.  
    Next year’s program budget will be about $700,000 less than last year’s and the schools have had to make some serious cuts!   
    For example, over the last few years the amount available for professional development has shrunk by more than $150,000.
    Our teachers have not had a pay raise for four years. In fact, because of increased deductions for retirement and benefits, their take home pay has actually shrunk.

  • Test to reveal the truth about traffic circles

    I have read several letters to the editor supporting the idea of a two-lane Trinity Drive with roundabouts.
    These letters presented arguments that show how roundabouts have worked in other areas. Yet when I ask people I know for their thoughts on the matter, I have not heard a single person say they’re looking forward to the change.