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Letters

  • Keep supporting librarians

    I  appreciate the Los Alamos Monitor’s coverage of the recent school board meeting and the reflection of community support for our school libraries. However, in fairness there are items I need  to correct.
    Kurt and I announced our retirement in March. I expected my part-time library position to be eliminated. I am grateful that the school board gave me this year to formalize procedures, work with vendors, and lighten (but not eliminate) the cataloging load.
    It was Piñon librarian Maxine Schmidt who more recently announced her retirement.
    Suddenly the “shared librarian” information appeared on the district website as “White Rock Library News!”

  • Prepared to accept carefully weighed decision on Trinity

    Is it possible to have a reasonable, fact-based discussion regarding options for renovating Trinity Drive? I’d like to believe we can, but after reading the viewpoints you publish, I wonder.
    In Friday’s paper, John Pawlak said that on the SIDRA homepage (software being used by the consultant hired by the county) “the word roundabout appears 69 times,” presumably to prove a blatant bias in favor of the dreaded roundabouts.
    Well, I just looked on the web page, www.sidrasolutions.com and counted (using the browser “find” function) nine occurrences of “roundabout.”

  • Roundabouts are no big deal

    I don’t know what the big deal is about roundabouts. If they work in so many other places in the world why won’t they work here? Are we special or different?
    I personally hate stop lights. I hate to sit waiting stupidly at a light when no one else is around.
    I would rather drive slow than fast just to have to stop and wait.
    That’s my opinion. I think some people are stuck in the past.

    John Stephenson
    Los Alamos
     

  • NCRTD provides positive impacts

    NCRTD in namesake was formed to provide seamless transportation to north central NM.  This mobility did not exist previously and is a successful effort between city, county and tribal entities.
    It requires dedication and foresight by all parties. No organization of this scope could flourish without growing pains; NCRTD has had its share. We cannot lose sight of the people served who have a safe and cost effect method of traveling to critical medical appointments, work or school.

  • Trinity Drive proposal is silly

    I think the proposal to reduce Trinity Drive to one lane each way is silly.  
    I hope the Los Alamos County Council has the good sense to discard it.  We know from the recent battle over Diamond Drive that county staff loves roundabouts.  
    Consultants get rich telling customers what they want to hear. Simulation studies can be loaded like dice to produce desired outcomes.  
    Voila!  Roundabouts will provide smooth, increased traffic flow with a single lane and pedestrian crosswalks.

    Joe Bergstein
    Los Alamos

  • Don’t trust false, partial data

    At the Los Alamos Transportation Board meeting at Fuller Lodge concerning Trinity Drive, I asked the MIG consultants a simple question: was there any example of a four-lane highway being narrowed down, and having its traffic flow improved?  
    Their answer was that there was one (only one?),  La Jolla Boulevard in Bird Rock, Calif., in San Diego.
    Joel Williams has done the research regarding this street. To quote the information he located, “drivers often use the interior streets to avoid the traffic and roundabouts on La Jolla Boulevard.

  • WR too often forgotten

    The article in the  April 19 Los Alamos Monitor about the CIP budget reminded me again how White Rock seemingly gets the short shrift in county government.
    There seems to be no CIP money budgeted for the White Rock revitalization scheme including the Canada Del Buey trail and N.M. 4 improvements.
    Nor is there money for roadwork in White Rock, which should include reconstruction of Ridgecrest and Meadow.
    Perhaps the changes by the county government being discussed at the Charter Review Committee should include more representation for White Rock.
     
    Paul D. Richardson II
    Los Alamos
     

     

  • Don’t forget past experiences

    How quickly we forget! Remember when Los Alamos was evacuated because of fire danger? Traffic ran rather smoothly to get us off the main hill area.
    Please don’t tell me that a two-lane Trinity Drive with one to five roundabouts is going to ease traffic during our morning, noon and evening rushes or when evacuating for another unexpected event.
    With Central Avenue now a congested area — enough is enough.

    Maxine Joppa
    Los Alamos

  • Give us four lane road

    Anthony Amsden expressed himself very well in his letter in the Los Alamos Monitor on April 17, in which he said, “Leave Trinity at 4 Lanes.”  I have watched Anthony over the years, and recognize that he is a brilliant scientist.  The Transportation Board should pay careful attention to his reasoning.

  • Plea to the council

    Let me get this straight. The county is all about supporting small businesses in Los Alamos. They want this grand municipal building to attract people to live in Los Alamos.
    So, they want Los Alamos to grow, right?  They are developing Trinity Site to attract more businesses so people won’t have to shop off the hill, right? They want to redo Trinity so it’s more pleasing to the eye. They want to reduce it to two lanes with roundabouts.
    First of all, it is a business loop for a state highway. Second, it is a main artery through town providing access to businesses. Central already gets backed up since the “reconstruction” was done to make it look “nice.”