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Letters

  • Golden chance to change N.M. 502

    At the Transportation Board meeting, held on Thursday evening, we have learned that we have, in our laps, a golden opportunity.
    The design presentation by the consulting firms MIG and CDM proposes not only to clean up an ugly county problem, but to move to a traffic corridor which is far safer to both motorists and pedestrians, while adding bicyclists, and would result in slower speeds along the corridor while not affecting the transit time from one end to the other.
    The transition from signalized intersections to roundabouts has been a movement throughout the modern world with documented actual safety and traffic flow figures.

  • Sympathies to Wallace family from opposite side of the aisle

    The Democratic Party of Los Alamos extends our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Jeannette Wallace.
    Jeannette tirelessly served the community of Los Alamos both on the county council and in the State House of Representatives. Jeannette’s life of service to the community was inspirational to all who knew her.
    She will be missed.

    Mike Wheeler
    Chair, Democratic Party
    of Los Alamos

     

  • Wallace listened to all her constituents

    Here is an example of the late Rep. Jeannette Wallace’s dedication to the service of her constituents.
    Rep. Wallace made time to talk with my wife and me on different occasions during the recent legislative session about a memorial we were supporting on campaign contribution limits and reporting of contributors.
    Although I had been a candidate for the Democratic Party nomination to run against her, she not only listened to what we had to say, she actually offered her support.  
    We liked and respected Mrs. Wallace. I hope the next person to fill her job will bring the same willingness to listen and work with any and all people of good will, for the benefit of this district and the state of New Mexico, as did Mrs. Wallace.

  • Keep Trinity four lanes

    The transportation Board is presenting, at 5:30-7:30 p.m. today at Fuller Lodge, a plan to show what Trinity Drive will look like with two lanes and five roundabouts.
    The final plan for Trinity Drive will be presented to the Los Alamos County Council on Tuesday, July 12.
    It is vital that everyone in the community attend these meetings.
    If you want to keep Trinity Drive the way it is and cannot attend the meetings, contact me at 662-2240 and give me your contact information so we can keep you informed of new developments on this project.

    Joyce Cady
    Los Alamos

  • Time to stop whining and start appreciating

    To all the people that work in, live in, go to school in Los Alamos County ... Stop whining; because to please everyone is impossible - some one will always be unhappy.
    Construction will have large trucks, tractors and semi’s coming in and out of town, turning off and onto the roads. It will cost money for contractors to make schedule changes. So if you’re going to whine, then prepare to fork out (I am guessing) a quarter million dollars per contractor or so to appease the few whiners and have contractor down time.  
    I personally drive up the front hill every morning to go to work; it may slow me by 2-4 minutes. So instead of whining, leave earlier.  

  • Reviewing is necessary

    The citizens of Los Alamos have again been subjected to the comments by a self-proclaimed local traffic-engineering expert regarding the NM502/Trinity Drive Corridor Study now underway under the guidance of the Los Alamos County Public Works Department and under the direction of the county council.
    In his recent ViewPoint column, J. Williams claims that he has simulated the roundabout design for the corridor, by hand, and without in-depth review of the traffic-engineering design and planning studies made by the professional consultants hired to carry out the study.

  • A plan that would erase the deficit and quickly

    I see in the paper that the state is in financial trouble. The reason for this is failure to carry the global economy to its logical conclusion.
     In 1994, Congress approved NAFTA and President Bill Clinton signed the bill. In 2000, Congress approved Most Favored Nation status for China, and Clinton signed it.This was followed by a rush of jobs to China and Mexico, manufacturing jobs that formerly employed American production workers.
     But then progress stopped. Only the workers in the private sector were called upon to achieve the economies promised by the global economy. No government workers were included.

  • Open letter to the county council

    I have a couple of suggestion that could save the county money:
    •Have people put their trash carts on one side of the street. This would allow the trash trucks to go down a street only once saving time, money, gas and reducing noise.
    •Have the recycle trucks pick up every other week. This could be done by standardizing the cart size, the large size. The county could sell the smaller size carts they currently have to other governments or utility companies.
    Judging by the number of recycle carts I see out at the curb on pickup day most people don’t put the recycle carts every week. Again, the carts could be put on one side of the street saving time, money, gas and reducing noise.
    I hope the council will consider these suggestions.

  • Simple alternative proposed for ACT

    I would like to thank those who showed up for Friday’s North Central Regional District’s Board meeting.  
    You made a strong showing by effectively communicating the value and importance of maintaining the funding for the Atomic City Transit routes that were previously approved for funding from the NCRTD, the WR and Eastern area routes.  
    The funding formula and the various options proposed by the consultant all leave those routes without sufficient funds to operate.  We have proposed a simple alternative that returns a sufficient percentage of the GRT revenues generated by Los Alamos County to Atomic City Transit to continue to operate those popular routes.  

  • Downtown White Rock rises out of the ashes

    I am speaking as a tax-paying property owner of White Rock. The citizens of White Rock owe Larry Handy a big round of applause for recovering downtown White Rock from a dump of overgrown bushes, weeds and abandoned buildings.
    It took manpower and money to repave the parking lots, remove old bushes/trees and weeds and paint the buildings. Our thanks and gratitude to Mr. Handy. It looks clean and bright, and ready for any retail business that wants to move in.
    We would like to see the other businesses that have been overgrown by weeds and debris clean up their plats and apply needed paint. That is what will attract a future for White Rock.

    Janet Basinger
    White Rock