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Letters

  • Downtown businesses would suffer under a one-lane Trinity Drive

    I am writing to voice my concerns over the proposed Trinity Drive options A1 and A2.
    I regularly travel into the downtown area from Los Alamos National Laboratory, and use Trinity on an almost daily basis to run errands and visit my mother living in Aspen Ridge.
    If Trinity is reduced to one lane as proposed, traffic will be at a standstill in the event of an accident, police traffic stop or any type of EMS call.
    Has anyone spoken to the EMS providers or the hospital to see how this will impact their ability to provide emergency services?

  • Let’s put traffic calming ideas to 30-day test run

    I would like to thank the writers in Thursday night’s Monitor, voicing opposition to the “favored” options for the Trinity project.
    It seems obvious that the options A1 and A2 would be a disaster for commuters, shoppers and those wanting to travel from Los Alamos National Laboratory to the town site during noontime.
    Clearly traffic will be slowed to the lowest common denominator and gridlock will likely ensue morning, noon, and early evening. Commuters will, in all likelihood, avoid Trinity like the plague.

  • Readers speak out on Trinity project

    If this seems like “deja vu all over again,” it is.  Five years ago, county planning came forward with a concept that involved installing three large roundabouts, back-to-back on Diamond Drive.
    Fortunately, the councilors listened to the public outcry,  backed off this pretentious plan and it was shelved.

  • Looking for answers

    The transportation board is having the council vote Jan. 25 to change Trinity Drive from four lanes to two lanes with 8-10 roundabouts between Oppenheimer and East Gate.
    What to do?
    E-mail our councilors (their e-mail addresses are in the Sunday Monitor).
    Speak up before the council votes on the above proposal. (Before you go to the council meeting, make sure you will be allowed to speak.)
    You too, can write a letter to the editor, as I have done.

  • More on the Arizona tragedy

    The horrific events of Tucson  are still much in focus as many try to make sense of what happened,
    It seems clear a deranged young man is responsible and he alone.
    But as the attack took place on a (moderate) politician, it is not surprising that, in what was a political act,  many have focused on the toxic rhetoric that pervades our media and political discourse.

  • New Mexico needs clean economy with new jobs from new industry

    Gov. Susana Martinez thinks polluting our air and water supplies creates jobs. She seems to think that New Mexico’s old-fashioned economy built largely on the oil industry in two corners of the state is just fine as she’s moving to snuff out our emerging high tech economy based on green energy. New Mexico is one of the poorest states in the U.S. and Martinez plans to keep us that way.

  • Bravo LAHS Symphonic Strings for ace All-State performance

    Congratulations to the Los Alamos High School Symphonic Strings and their director Michael Gyurick for their Popejoy performance in Albuquerque at the New Mexico Educators Association All-State Music Conference Jan. 6.
    The group was selected by audition tape as the Conference’s Honor Orchestra for 2011. From the lively opening of Gustav Holst’s “St. Paul’s Suite for String Orchestra,” to the spirited Aaron Copland “Hoe Down,” the students performed with opulent tone and youthful exuberance.

  • Tucson shootings result of deranged individual

    For 10 years, it was my honor to represent constituents of my legislative district in the New Mexico Legislature. Through those years, we encountered numerous heated debates in the course of a normal day. Not once did any of us from either political party concern ourselves with the possibility of a lunatic firing actual bullets at us.

  • Sad to see Mortillaro go

    I was surprised and saddened by the action taken by the county council on Dec. 15 when they decided to fire County Administrator Tony Mortillaro. As reported in the Los Alamos Monitor, the investigative report showed there was no illegal, unethical or immoral behavior on Tony’s part. Yet, this lame duck council chose to take this drastic action.
    Tony has been an administrator for Los Alamos County for more than six years; he has served as county administrator for one and a half years. He is a qualified, competent, experienced administrator.

  • Seeking woman with unleashed dogs

    I was bit by a “white shepherd-type” dog while running in the canyon behind Walnut Park around 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
    The dog’s owner was a blonde woman who had with her three to four other dogs — all off leash. She attempted to get their attention with a dog whistle, but was unsuccessful. The dog tore my running pants, went through my compression sock and broke my skin. I was in such shock that I didn’t think to get her name and/or address.