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Letters

  • Alternate to Trinity Drive traffic

    Much of the discussion regarding the new design of Trinity Drive evolves around the density of traffic.  
    Why do we allow a state highway, N.M. 502, to commute through the center of Los Alamos?  Why not investigate an alternate route such as Los Alamos Canyon?  
    There is an old road in Los Alamos Canyon that exists from N.M. 4 to beyond the ice rink.  
    It could link to a roundabout at Trinity and Diamond and disperse the same amount of traffic to Los Alamos National Laboratory, North Community and downtown.
    It would require more creative thinking, time and effort.

    Allene Lindstrom
    Los Alamos

     

  • Expressions of gratitude are extended to doctors and staff at LAMC

    The following letter was sent April 17 to F. Curtis Smith, acting CEO of the Los Alamos Medical Center.
    We wish to commend you on many staff who cared so skillfully and devotedly for our wife and mother, Beverly M. Keenan, during her final days of life, which ended April 6, 2011.
    While we fully grant that care and consideration by hospital staff might be considered “just part of the job” we quickly learned that full and complete demonstration of these acts on their part exceeded all “normal” facets of personal attention and devotion.
    We wish to especially commend Dr. Matthew Fey, Dr. John Garcia, Dr. Richard Honsinger, Scott Staley RN, Jesse White RN, Natalie Fischer RN, Beverly Romero RN and Loretta Stapleton RN.

  • Thank you letter from Hadassah

    On a beautiful Sunday morning, March 20, 2011, we had over 120 participants walk or run along a scenic course in the Eastern Area, expertly designed by Ted Williams, President of the Atomic City Roadrunners.  Our efforts raised over $6,000 and all the proceeds will go toward breast cancer research by Hadassah Hospital, the premier medical institution in the Middle East and discoverer of the breast cancer genes BRCA-1 and BRCA-2.
    We would like to thank the following sponsors for their support toward this worthwhile cause:
    CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center
    Los Alamos Medical Center
    Neptune and Company
    Paul and Kendra Henning, ReMax Los Alamos
    Pearl White, Real Estate Associates
    CB Fox Department Store

  • Leave Trinity at 4 lanes

    Instead of being distracted by the statistics concerning the wonders of roundabouts, what we really need to focus on is the efficient flow of vehicular traffic. In the 56 years I have driven, walked, and bicycled in Los Alamos, I have observed Trinity Drive, Diamond Drive, and the bridge over Los Alamos Canyon grow from two lanes to three and then four. There was an overriding reason behind this expansion, which was to move an increasing volume of traffic through these principal arteries.

  • Open letter to the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future

    The Los Alamos Education Group (LAEG) strongly supports advanced nuclear power development and encourages the commission’s consideration of southern New Mexico’s unique qualifications.
    Enthusiastic communities already have welcomed the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), the private sector National Enrichment Facility (NEF) and seek additional technical activity in support of nuclear energy.  

  • Challenge to school board

    As a primary care provider at a school based health clinic, I was pleased to see Dr. Csanadi’s contribution to Sunday’s Los Alamos Monitor.
    It is true that the pre-participation physical provides an important opportunity to not only assess the physical condition of students but to assess risk for health related concerns specific to teens.
    I would like to take this opportunity to point out that Los Alamos School District actually adds to the obstacles teens experience in accessing health care by requiring a medical doctor’s signature on all sports physicals.  
    Primary providers include Physician Assistants (PA), Doctors of Osteopathy (DO), and Nurse Practitioners (CNP).  

  • Finding the balance is vital

    In these days of division and polarization much is made of “balance”  in reporting and governance.
    Friday’s coverage of MIG’s presentation to the Transportation Board covered well the explanation of the two lane “preferred alternative” for the redoing of 502.
    It noted the large attendance (rare at a board meeting) but did not note that many present seemed to desire  a four lane alternative! As one who attended, I was struck by the notion of “balance” that MIG presented  in its shaping of its work, it said it considered all stakeholders equal as a “balanced” approach.

  • Charter patriotism is being questioned

    A fundamental principle on which America is founded is the principle of “one man – one vote,” with “one man” now interpreted to mean one adult person. Yet this is not the case for election of county councilors. Instead, the Los Alamos County Charter allows each voter as many votes as there are open councilor positions.

  • 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