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Letters

  • 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.

  • Protect the Children

    I was appalled at the apparent insensitivity of the writer and the editor for publishing the article in last Tuesday’s Los Alamos Monitor, “Girl alleges sexual assault”.  Recent media uproar over alleged sexual abuse in the Jerry Sandusky and Bernie Fine stories have highlighted the need for siding with the victims.

  • Heinrich will help lab

    A friend sent me former Congresswoman Heather Wilson’s article in the Los Alamos Monitor: “Congressional delegation failed to stick up for Los Alamos.”  The article cited the deferral of the Chemistry Metallurgy Research Replacement Facility project for her concern.  As a former LANL staff member (when it was called LASL) I am well aware of the importance of the Chemistry and Metallurgy facility and the need to replace it with a modern facility.  The cost and complexity of this project calls for thoughtful consideration.  Unfortunately fiscal concerns have led to the delay.  Wilson says that nobody in the New Mexico Congressional delegation is willing to fight for Los Alamos.  I disagree.

  • Expressing support for Trinity project

    After reviewing the available information about the Trinity Development  project on the LA County website and the LA Schools slide show, I want to  express my support for this project.

  • Protestors take too much credit

    The CMRR critics are taking too much credit for the CMRR deferral for 5 years by the Obama administration. The critics focus on their own efforts is human nature but the decision to delay CMRR is a political decision made by the Obama administration.

  • Are old buildings safer?

    If the seismic risk to any new building at LANL is so much larger than estimated before, would not the risk to the old CMR Building and PF-4 also be larger?  Wouldn’t a new building be safer than the old one?
    Alan Hack
    Los Alamos