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Letters

  • Chiravalle ignores voters, may waste taxpayer dollars

    Last Friday, The Monitor reported that Councilor Vincent Chiravalle planned to introduce an ordinance implementing the recent petition to rebuild the 1967 municipal building in its original form and location.
    On Oct. 19, the council displayed great deference to direct (as opposed to representative) democracy when it decided to put that petition to a vote despite the county attorney’s firm opinion that the petition included illegal components.

  • Advance thinking enhances holiday experience

    The holidays, the time between Thanksgiving eve and New Years Day, is a time “of going with the flow” for most men.   
    Women have a different outlook. It is a time for lots of work and stress involving cookies, cards, presents, decorating, dinners, schedules of dinner parties – wow! Where is January?

  • Petitions are signed for so many reasons

    Councilor Vincent Chiravalle introduced an ordinance that calls for resurrecting the demolished county building at Ashley Pond. He believes his constituents “feel strongly about this issue” because 1,600 of them signed Richard Hannemann’s petition supporting the same.

  • Let truth, sensibility, common sense prevail

    In regards to the situating of the new Los Alamos Municipal Building, I would like to state that truth, sensibility and common sense does not require a “smoke from the hookah pipe!” (Nov. 10 Hannemann letter).
    Concerned, responsible, reasonable, farsighted, astute and financially aware citizens of Los Alamos County fully recognize the wiseness of building this structure on the presently cleared and (correctly) zoned Central Avenue site.

  • Muni building saga becoming theater of the absurd

    Even for a town as notably fractious and full of highly opinionated people as this one, the municipal building issue is becoming absurd.  
    The county council chartered a whole citizen’s group to study this issue, and they met repeatedly, held public meetings, solicited input at public events and coordinated carefully with the county administration about the county’s needs, which, not surprisingly, are a lot different than they were when the original municipal building was built more than 40 years ago.  

  • Namesake’s heir asks residents to spare pond park

    When I look at old photos of Ashley Pond, I love the simplicity of the place.  
    Over the years, this pond has had many uses and is an open and green place in the middle of what is now becoming more and more of a congested area.
    While, the pond will never be as it once was, I would hope that the people of Los Alamos would vote not to have anymore buildings in this area.  
    It is a park and I would encourage everyone to keep it as a park with open space.

    Joan Pond
    Ashley Pond’s grandaughter
    Rio Rancho

  • Current Trinity plan a monumental mistake

    There has been much talk about how the Trinity Site Revitalization Project has the potential to change our community forever. I have no doubt that it will. I am less convinced that the changes will be positive.

  • Lab retirees owed big debt of gratitude for endeavors

    I am writing to object to ideas presented by your Guest Columnist in Wednesday’s edition.  
    Ms. Dannemann’s thesis that laboratory retirees owe a continuing debt to New Mexico, due to the fact that taxpayers funded their compensation over their careers, is indicative of a misunderstanding of the role of the laboratory in this nation’s security and defense.  

  • Take time to vote no on nonsensical issue

    This bamboozled person of the public is neither mystified nor confused. He is, to the contrary, intelligent enough to understand the idea of replicating - oh, sorry, “rebuilding” - a nearly 50-year-old municipal building that was inefficient and ineffective from the get-go is not only ill-informed and ill-conceived, it is sheer nonsense.
    Los Alamos, I trust your intelligence. My only concern is you won’t want to waste your valuable time on this nonsensical issue and will therefore neglect to sign and return your ballot in December.

  • Old muni building garnered little more than a yawn

    I’m bemused by the thought that the old municipal building was so iconic that people are pining for a remake of it. Really? There have been some iconic buildings in Los Alamos that honor decades of style - Fuller Lodge, homes on Bathtub Row, the long-gone Sundts, Denver Steels, the A-frame church on Arkansas, the IMC at Los Alamos High School, the guard tower at what used to be the main gate, the LANB building, and more recently, the many new or remodeled homes that rose from the Cerro Grande fire ashes.