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Letters

  • 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

     

  • 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.