• Thoughts on giving thanks

    I attended the Thank You service on Aug. 25 to thank the Lord God for sending the civil servants and also for intervening Himself to rescue Los Alamos from the Las Conchas Fire in answer to our prayers.
    Our national anthem’s fourth verse states, “Blessed with victory and peace, may the Heaven-rescued land praise the Pow’r that has made and preserved us a nation!  Than conquer we must, when our cause it is just; and this be our motto, ‘In God is our trust.’  And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”  

  • County council should disregard input

    A public forum?  That was certainly questionable during the discussion related to the existence and authority of the Sheriff’s Office in Los Alamos County.  
    Several members of the committee made every attempt to limit public opinion regarding the subject at hand.  The manner in which Chair John Hopkins and committee member Harry Ettinger attempted to control opposition to their views was, to say the least, very unprofessional.  
    The public who attended, insisted on being heard regardless of the attempts to limit them to a short amount of speaking time and to rebut comments from the committee.  

  • Let's get it all straight

    In reference to a story in the Los Alamos Monitor in which the following statement was published, “George Chandler also disputed Gavron’s claim that Trinity had less accidents than other roads.”
    I (Gavron) did not “claim” anything.  I quoted openly published State of New Mexico Highway Department statistics that are freely available on the web.   
    We should rely on hard numbers and not on anecdotal evidence when we decide what is best for our town.
    The numbers clearly show that Trinity Drive is less dangerous than several other roads in our community.

    Victor Gavron
    Los Alamos


  • Roundabouts supposed to be wonderland of puppies and butterflies

    Ah, the truth about the traffic circles debate finally emerges.  As a reminder, this all began when the Transportation Board announced that they had a perfect solution to traffic on Trinity Drive — traffic circles.
    Despite the overwhelming skepticism by motorists that traffic circles would work on Trinity, the Transportation Board claimed that traffic would in fact move better with traffic circles than with those pesky traffic lights.
    They knew this to be true because they had hired a landscaping firm that found some software that real traffic engineers use to model these circles.  

  • Reapportionment key for LA

    The Los Alamos Monitor story on the future of House District 43 was a great story and it showed the Los Alamos community was alert and concerned about the redistricting of our House seat.
    The presentations were right on with  the strongest being the economic impact of Los Alamos on northern New Mexico. U.S. Senators Clinton Anderson and Pete Domenici knew this well and they were always able to provide support for a strong laboratory as the engine of healthy job and local spending on local economies. The New Mexico House and Senate representatives for Los Alamos took care to work with the state on the important issues of maintaining support for the lab and as an offshoot the workforce.

  • Noise is so annoying

    As a resident of downtown Los Alamos, I wish to bring to your attention that various County and private business concerns are creating a perpetual NOISE NUISANCE to down-town residents throughout most days, including weekends.
    Usually the noises start before 7  a.m., and frequently continue throughout the normal working day. The offending noises appear to be generated by heavy duty mechanical equipment such as diggers, trucks earth movers and other related vehicles.

  • Prudent county spending?

    Most of the people in this county believe that far too much money is spent on capital projects.
    Former County Councilor Robert Gibson named a few in his excellent Letter to the Editor yesterday (Aug. 28).  
    In addition, there were near misses on a proposed Community Center and on the Bypass Road to the ski hill, which the citizens rejected.  
    Our library is shaped like a bird for no substantive reason, and is certainly not an efficient design.
    The aquatic center, never favored by voters, has required major repairs.  
    Rather than properly maintain the municipal building and golf facility, they were torn down,  to be replaced by cavernous (Gibson’s term) new facilities.  

  • Smith's is dragging its feet

    In a recent Los Alamos Monitor story on the status of the Trinity Site development, referring to people’s comments on what they would like to see in the development, George Chandler of the Trinity Site Revitalization Committee is quoted as saying, “They always like to say Walmart. But Walmart will always say that they’re interested, because they like to tie up a piece of land and just sit on it.”  
    Just sitting on land sounds terrible! However, Smith’s, not Walmart, is the company that has been dragging their feet for years, first with Boyer and now with NADG.

  • Seeking a balanced transportation system

    The results of a recent license plate survey taken along Trinity Drive have shown us that Trinity is not just a bypass for commuters driving to work.
    Even during peak commuting hours, less than half the drivers actually continue through to the bridge on Diamond Drive.
    The majority of turn off onto Central Drive or Canyon Road or stop somewhere along Trinity Drive.
    As a matter of fact, there are lots of people living along Trinity, working along Trinity and shopping along Trinity – so Trinity is much more than a commuter road, it is a destination for many.  
    And therefore, the design of Trinity Drive must accommodate many different users and uses.
    Our transportation corridors should offer a balance of mobility options.

  • Comments are seconded

    We appreciated Jody Sheppard’s positive approach in her “Seven quick comments” Letter to the Editor last week.
     We would like to second her number one and number seven comments.
     “1.  What is behind this dreadful traffic-circle idea?  Leave Trinity Drive alone!”
     “7.  Please reread #1.”
     Thank you for saying it well for many Los Alamos residents and commuters, Ms. Sheppard.
    Jim and Nerita Collier
    Los Alamos