• Pool would enhance community

    I highly recommend a “YES” vote for the leisure pool as an addition to the amenities offered by Los Alamos County to the community as a whole.  I am a taxpayer, a voter and a resident. My husband and I share 16 grandchildren, we are teachers and aquatic center members.
    We are of retirement age, even if we are still working.  We exercise daily. I had a hip replacement and the joy I derive from swimming can only be enhanced by the addition of this planned pool.  So many people in their 60s, 70s and 80s gain from having a place to soak, relax and exercise without placing greater stress on their replaced or original joints. Los Alamos would be an even better retirement choice, if this pool were to be built.

  • Anguish over unleashed dog’s fatal attack

    Our precious, loving and well-loved puppy Sally Rose had to be euthanized Sunday Oct. 30 after she was viciously  attacked by a free-roaming big dog  about 9 am. on the public sidewalk on the south side  of San Ildefonso between Camino Durasnilla and Camino Uva.
    Ann was  walking Sally on a short regular leash (NOT a retractable version) with Sally on the sidewalk doing nothing but walking and sniffing the ground when a very  big dog lunged out of the bushes by the sidewalk and grabbed Sally, trying to pull  her into the bushes,  thrashing her, obviously intent from the onset on killing her.

  • Brief pair of negatives on county issues

    I disagree with George Chandler regarding Sheriff Marco Lucero. I think it is great that he wants to continue law enforcement activities for which he is properly trained and I hope that the LAPD can find a way to utilize his qualifications legally and maximally. Don’t we need all the help we can get?
    I disagree with the County Council on the advisability of the current bond election regarding the Leisure Pool addition to the Walkup Aquatic Center. Much as I support the addition, I almost voted against the bond issue because I think the funds should come out of our GRT excess rather than our property taxes.
    Which makes the point that a “no” vote does not necessarily mean opposition to the leisure pool addition itself.

  • Expert advocates new pool

    The leisure pool addition to the Aquatic Center is a true multi-generational facility.
    As a Red Cross Water Safety instructor/trainer for 25 years in Los Alamos, I have some considerable experience in the teaching of basic swimming techniques through life saving, to the very young as well as the senior citizenry.  
    Too many times have I heard “it is too cold — I am going to leave.”  
    All ages will have the warm temperature to water-walk or swim and take a swim class with relaxed, pliant muscles in water temperature conducive to learning.  
    Therefore I am asking that all residents to seriously consider this election and vote YES for this leisure pool addition.

    Rosemary O’Connor

  • Bad timing for a pool

    Why would the county want to bring forth a bond issue, especially a property tax (general obligation) bond in the middle of a recession? Property taxes are a real burden since they never go down but always up.
    As a landlord, I have seen the taxes go up in the face of falling property values. Once upon a time, capital gains were a source of retirement income but now they are no longer a prime source.
    The prospect of federal increases in capital gains really socks it to the landlords and increases rent. Any new tax now is a negative influence on the economy — the leisure pool can wait.

    Vernon Kerr
    White Rock


  • Lujan's silence sparks voter remorse

    As an independent conservative, I voted for Ben Ray Lujan because I thought he represented the greatest chance that something would actually be done in Washington. It is hard for me to admit it, but I was wrong.
    If we as a species ever hope to  become civilized, we must learn to solve all of our problems without the use of force. For every problem we face, from the smallest family to the largest government, we must learn to talk openly about the problem with those with whom we disagree, find a reasonable solution where all win, make an agreement, and then keep our word.  I would suggest that when we won’t even talk to each other, there is no further chance to become civilized.

  • Live up to your ideals

    Dear Occupy Los Alamos Skate Park Movement, PLEASE CLEAN UP AFTER YOURSELVES!
    My family just spent an hour removing 20 gallons of trash from the skate park parking lot.
    While I appreciate the opportunity you afforded me to demonstrate true concern for the environment, please live up to the ideals your movement expounds.

    James J. Kuropatwinski (and Family)
    Los Alamos

  • Call for council to rein in sheriff

    I see by Carol Clark’s story in Sunday’s paper that our “Cowboy Sheriff” is at it again. It’s time the council reined him in.
    All law enforcement duties in the county are assigned by the charter and by council resolution to the Los Alamos Police Department.  
    The Los Alamos County Sheriff is limited to those duties assigned by statute to the sheriff that are not duplicated by the police department, which are civil duties such as serving process, evictions, debt collection and so forth.  

  • Broadband Internet can play major role

    As we focus our attention on creating jobs, we should acknowledge an important resource that can further our efforts to employ residents here in New Mexico.
    That resource is broadband Internet and it can play a huge role in stimulating employment.
    Internet is the main tool my company uses to generate income and growth.
    In fact, without broadband Internet, my company would not exist.
    We are a restaurant marketing and delivery service based in Albuquerque and we market and coordinate delivery of food from mom and pop shops to individuals and companies.
    Using broadband Internet, we take orders, call restaurants to confirm orders and then email orders to drivers’ cell phones for them to pick up and deliver.

  • Much is owed to Beverly Agnew

    In John Hopkins’ tribute to Bev Agnew in Tuesday’s Los Alamos Monitor, he mentioned her contributions to the community during the time she and Harold made their home in  Los Alamos.
    There was one contribution, which for the past 44 years has made everyone’s life in Los Alamos better and happier.  
    In 1966, Fuller Lodge, which had been operated by the Atomic Energy Commission as an inn and restaurant, closed down and was replaced by the privately operated Los Alamos Inn across Trinity Drive.
    A decision then had to be made regarding  the future of Fuller Lodge, an elderly but historic building.