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Letters

  • Supporting Coss in House race

    I am a union pipefitter and work at the Los Alamos Lab. Many of us who work  here live in Santa Fe, Tesuque, or the Pojoaque area. This year, sadly, Speaker Ben Lujan cannot run for reelection. The best choice for his  replacement is Santa Fe Mayor David Coss.
    As Mayor of Santa Fe David raised  its minimum wage to the highest in the country – $10.29 per hour for all  workers. He stimulated job growth so that Santa Fe now has the lowest unemployment rate in New Mexico. He worked with my union to make sure that City projects can be built union and to give Santa Fe youth a chance to get  into union apprenticeship programs. David was always there at the legislature  lobbying for working families. Support Coss for state representative.

  • Reader questions police charges

    A concerned neighbor phones LAPD because a man appears “suicidal.” The man does not (at first) answer when five officers ring his bell.  He does answer a call from the police dispatcher, saying that he has no intention of hurting himself or others, but he does not want to meet the officers.
    They persist. The man goes to his garage and starts his car. An officer commands him to stop.  He warns them not to follow, and backs out a few yards, then pulls back into his garage.

  • Time to wish all a Happy Easter

    Dear Editor,
    It’s that time of year again when the hot and cold winds meet to create stormy forecasts. No, I’m not talking about the weather. I’m referring to religion and politics, the two topics best avoided in polite company.
    The two should be differentiated from faith and social problem solving. Good things often flow when these two topics come together. Not so with religion and politics. When they mix, facts get filleted and the truth gets traded for the token power of talking points and the labels of lies that send us scurrying to the security of our fortresses of fear.

  • More thoughts on roundabouts

    I  read tonight the letter from Peter C.  LeDelfe titled  “Roundabouts.” I don’t question his observations from Nairobi,  but do respectfully question his conclusions, at least broadly applied.
    I have driven extensively throughout Europe and Japan where traffic circles are quite common. I’ve found them to be a safe and efficient way to route  traffic, certainly much more efficient than stoplights or four-way stops.
    Our  own local traffic circle at Diamond and San Ildefonso moves traffic quite well, despite the occasional driver still flummoxed by the right-of-way  rules.

  • Roundabouts?

    I recently returned from a trip which included an early morning taxi ride from downtown Nairobi, Kenya to the airport, travelling the opposite direction of the majority traffic.
    As we sat in gridlock, the driver grumbled that traffic moved smoothly until they put in these (expletive deleted) roundabouts.  Sure enough, as soon as we got through the last of them, we were able to move along without impediment even though the number of cars on the road had not diminished.
     My take-away from this experience is that the folly of trying to use roundabouts inappropriately is a global problem.
    Peter C. LaDelfe
    Los Alamos

  • Questioning council's actions

    The vote on Article 409 and councilor Fran  Berting’s response to the council’s action should not be taken lightly by  residence of Los Alamos County. Councilor Berting’s response on limiting  citizen voting should be called into question as to how in touch she is with  those she represents.
    Stating that “when it comes down to the nitty-gritty of  how we do this, it becomes almost impossible.” That statement indicates she  has no interest in allowing the voters to decide the outcome of county  projects. It seems the majority of the council feels the same. Other  questionable council decisions call into question whether or not they have  the community’s best interest in mind.

  • Separating fact and fiction

    It’s presidential election season and the rhetoric is ratcheting up.  And because of that, it’s important to get the facts and know exactly what the record is.  Far less important is what’s being said. . . .especially on the campaign trail.
    Our president was out on the campaign trail last week on a so called “energy tour.”  He even stopped in my state of New Mexico, where he traveled to the tiny oil town of Maljamar to tout his accomplishments. . . .a slick political move because no one would expect a big crowd.  Had he gone elsewhere, the reception would’ve likely been rougher because the oil patch doesn’t like Barack Obama. . . .and they have every right to feel this way!

  • A warning to drivers

    Last Friday evening, my husband and I witnessed a collision on State Road 4 just outside White Rock between a small car and a bull elk. The collision incapacitated but did not kill the elk, and the motorist who hit him did not stop.
    The injured, suffering elk lay in the center of the road, struggling to  get up and presenting a significant hazard to both lanes of oncoming traffic.  
    My husband and I stopped to call 911, and while we waited for LAPD to respond, my husband and others waved to oncoming vehicles to warn them of the elk in the road.
    I ask anyone who reads this to please remind inexperienced  drivers in your household about the appropriate response to this kind of accident.

  • Keep it green

    We’ve all heard Joni Mitchell sing “Don’t it always seem to go That you don’t know what you’ve got Till it’s gone.  They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.”
    Los Alamos High School, rather than rehabilitating the venerable green space along Diamond Drive, plans to pave the area to create a bus-only drop off loop.
    This “parking lot” will obliterate the leafy green area in front of LAHS, but not substantially improve parking lot safety.  It will, however, create new hazards.  Additional curb cuts along this heavily traveled section of  Diamond will disrupt traffic patterns, adding to current congestion.

  • USDA offers help to homeowners

    After the fire this summer, I thought it would be obvious that housing plays a key role in New Mexico’s economy. And while recent signs point to an improving national outlook, economists generally agree that a healthy and strong housing market is vital to sustaining the current economic recovery.
    This is why the Obama administration is working to help our state and others that have been hit hard by the housing downturn.
    Last month,  Agriculture  Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a pilot program here in New Mexico and 18 other states to help rural homeowners refinance their current loans to lower their monthly mortgage payments and get lower interest rates.