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Letters

  • Retain sheriff’s office

    It doesn’t matter if you are a Democrat, Republican, Green, Libertarian or Tea Party member, it is time to get involved.
     Local discussions are underway to decide if the County of Los Alamos should retain the elected position of sheriff.
    We as Americans should always be aware of when changes could be made to impact our right to vote in the future.
    I would like to take this opportunity to urge the community to contact the Charter Review Committee and the County Council to support the office of the sheriff.
    While it doesn’t affect the current sheriff, it would impact future elections.

  • Thanks to kind strangers

    A truly wonderful thing happened.  As you may know, we are doing a fundraiser for the Middle School library called Books4Hawks:
    (http://www.funds4books.com/fundraiser.aspx?pincode=80ca).  
    An older lady must have seen the information about this in the Los Alamos Monitor, and she came all the way to the Los Alamos Middle School and anonymously donated a $100 bill.
    She gave it to our receptionist, Claire Swinhoe, and made her getaway before I could thank her. Claire does not know who the lady was, but says she was an older woman probably past retirement age.  
    This is such wonderful generosity!

  • Hampton Inn honored for helping firefighters

    “Fracking” is shoptalk for hydraulic fracturing. The technology uses mixtures of fluids and sand under pressure to crack rocks underground and prop open the cracks.
    In the right rocks, the technique frees natural gas trapped in mini-pockets and adds greatly to the nation’s supply of the popular fuel.
    It works too for extracting oil. The industry proudly promotes fracking. A persistent TV ad shows a lady riding a see-through elevator deep into the Earth to highlight the value of fracking while suggesting no risks.
    But everything has risks. The chance of error and unknowns lurks on every side.
    The policy questions are what are the risks, who bears the risks and how can the total risk be cut.

  • Community earns kudos

    I want to thank all the people who made the weekend waffle breakfast (“Pulp for Pawlak” on Sept 17) such a wonderful success.
    The money collected will go a long way in helping the schools.  So many people did so much work to plan and prepare the breakfast, staff the service and make the affair a truly fun time for all.  
    The Masons were wonderful and I just can’t thank them enough for hosting this event — and matching the funds collected at the breakfast!
    They were assisted by members of the Unitarian Church, a great bunch of people who didn’t hesitate a second to offer their help — they make a mean waffle!

  • Call to redesign high traffic lane markings

    I’m sure everyone is glad to see the end of construction on Diamond Drive and personally I’m glad to see the continuous bike lanes.  However, I have to express some displeasure with how they have been executed.  
    In particular, turning the right turn lanes at Canyon Road and Sandia into bike lanes.  
    This situation forces cars to turn across the bike lane, possibly in front of an oncoming cyclist and increases the chance for a very bad interaction.  
    A good example is northbound Diamond Drive at Canyon Road. A large number of cars turn right onto Canyon and drivers are often not alert to the chance for vehicles (bicycles) approaching on their right.  

  • Voters must speak up about Medicare

    I am writing to express my deep concern about the House Republicans’ vote to end Medicare and cut benefits that hard-working seniors have earned.
    This reckless privatization scheme is an insult to every hardworking American who has paid into Medicare.
    Especially in these challenging times, when retired Americans rely on their Medicare benefits, congress must do whatever it takes to protect this critical safety net.
    Medicare belongs to the people who worked their whole life to pay into the system.
    It’s not the government’s piggybank to balance the budget on the backs of seniors.

  • Education's agonizing 'Catch 22'

    Education has made a big difference in the lives of many of us in Los Alamos. Funding reductions have forced our school district to make serious cuts in their operational budget, the portion that pays teachers’ salaries and other day to day costs.  
    State law does not allow us to tax ourselves to fund operational costs.  
    Over the past few years the amount available for professional development has shrunk by over $150,000.  Our teachers have not had a pay raise for four years.  
    These cuts will affect our children’s education and their future and the ability of Los Alamos National Laboratory to attract the best and brightest.

  • Landmarks threatened

    One of the most dangerous attacks on New Mexico’s wilderness and cultural legacy is currently underway. Bills working their way through the United States Congress right now could reverse regulations that have protected our treasured national landmarks for more than a century.
    By voting for an amendment that would debunk the president’s authority on designating sites as monuments, New Mexico’s own Rep. Steve Pearce has  positioned himself on the wrong side of a congressional battlefield with millions of acres of our public lands at stake.

  • The time for action is right about now

    I was very happy to learn that Ms. Coffin, a victim of an accident on  Trinity Drive, is able to walk and get around again.  
    We should look at options to prevent such accidents now, and not wait for grandiose plans that may never materialize, and cost many millions of dollars.
    For example, we could adjust the current signals so that if a pedestrian pushes a button to cross the street, all lights would go red.
    Additionally, the county should install the HAWK (High Intensity Activated Crosswalk) system that has resulted in a 29 percent reduction in total crashes and a 69 percent reduction in pedestrian crashes on Tucson highways.  
    It is cheap, and can be implemented without significant delay.

  • Serving on local T-Board is less than a thankless job

    At the risk of getting involved in another senseless debate, I admonish the Los Alamos Monitor for publishing childish letters intended to damage the enthusiasm of  our community volunteers.
    Please let me remind the roundabout detractors that the Transportation Board  is a citizen advisory board of volunteers who give their time to serve the community.
    They are not paid for their service yet they do their best to advise the county council on transportation issues in the community.
    It is less than a thankless job. Some of the nastiest letters I have ever read have been directed at the Transportation Board.
    All I can say is, “Shame on you for attacking our community service volunteers!”