• 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


  • Family full of gratitude

    The family of George O. Bjarke would like to express their appreciation to all of the wonderful people of Los Alamos.  During the recent weeks, while my father was battling Alzheimer’s, so many people reached out to help us.  
    The Los Alamos Medical Center Emergency Department, the nurses and doctors in the hospital, the staff at Sombrillo, the Los Alamos Visiting Home Nurses and hospice care and EMTs were all excellent in their care for him.
    Dr. Church and his staff were very caring for many months and years. Our neighbors provided comfort and food for our family.  
    The outpouring of love from family, friends, the Elks, LAPS and Southwest Airlines has been so appreciated.
    Thank you for all of your care.

  • Helicopters needed

    On Aug. 6, the U.S. lost 30 special forces troops, including 22 Navy SEALS in a helicopter shot down over Afghanistan. These people were the elite of our military who have trained for these missions over many years.
    We have suffered similar losses in prior missions where helicopters loaded with military personnel have been shot down or crashed due to equipment problems.  
    Helicopters are relatively slow moving vehicles, especially the large Chinook helicopters, which operate in close proximity to the ground.  
    They make easy targets for rocket propelled grenades and hand held missile systems. We need missile and RPG counter measure defensive systems to protect our vulnerable helicopters.

  • Keep an eye on decision process

    Robert Gibson’s Sunday column provides an important frame to view our county’s governance as major decisions are and continue to be made.
    Would that it had wider distribution.
    Prospectively the issue remains to be one of accountability, Of course, the county council is subject to the ballot, but that is really all.
    It strikes me the issue also effects county staff, boards and commissions and even charter review.
    In general, most of these do well most of the time, but the (putative) leadership/public service tension  seems to rise up when “leaders” may hear but don’t seem to listen.

  • Seven quick comments

    • What is behind this dreadful traffic-circle idea? Leave Trinity Drive alone.
    •The new pavements on the truck route and parts of Rover Boulevard are beautifully done: such skill and care!
    •Again, we thank the folks in the Los Alamos Fire Department, the Los Alamos Police Department and all who serve and protect.
    •The dog-poo-cleanup stations on walking paths in Pajarito Acres are really appreciated: thanks much.
    • The wonderful, huge “gear collage” attached to the new Transfer (eco) Building is terrific: it moves, too.
    •The flower baskets on Central Avenue are really lovely: the trees are too dry.
    •Please reread #1.

    Jody Shepard
    Los Alamos

  • Let's stop going around in circles

    While attending a local function, I noticed quite a number of people gathered around wanting to sign a petition. I was pleased for the opportunity to participate myself, when I heard it was in opposition to the proposed “Traffic Circles/Roundabouts” on Trinity Drive.
    I personally did not hear anyone coming forward with praise for their excellent past experiences with traffic circles. At that function and since however, I have heard and read numerous astute insights into why “If It Ain’t Broke Don’t Fix It” illustrated.
    I then began thinking back myself to when I grew up in southern California and found myself and my car pool buddy commuting from the South Bay Area to Long Beach State College.

  • Find your voice

    I would like to recount for you my most recent medical circumstances that prompted me to write this letter, so here goes ... I started feeling like I was coming down with something on Sunday, Aug. 7 … nothing dramatic, just tired, and headachy. I came to work on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday still felling a little puny.
    Wednesday just before 5 p.m. I really started to feel bad, added to my already feeling of puny, I developed a severe pain going from my chest to my back — straight through.
    Thursday morning I awoke to pain from the top of my head to soles of my feet. I decided to take my temperature and it registered 101.7.