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Letters

  • Medicare train wreck's coming

    When a train is heading into a known train wreck, but a switch will allow it to continue on a different tack and avoid the train wreck, should fear or courage allow us to dictate the course of that train?
    I am a consumer of Medicare dollars, spending approximately $35,000 to $70,000 per year for my medical condition. Let’s look at the facts instead of the myths surrounding Medicare reform.
    •Medicare in its current form, will be bankrupt before 2020. Every report confirms that  Medicare spends more money than it takes in. The train wreck is coming. The checks will stop.

  • Burgess was best pick

    Yippee!  Thank you!  
    I have been doing a jig since I read last night’s Monitor (and you know that’s a tall order for me).  
    It’s had to have been a grueling process for you, our council, as well as for the candidates, yet I feel your choice was the very best!  
    Thank you, each of you, for all the effort and care you put in to bringing such a talented person to Los Alamos. After meeting all the candidates and listening to each of them, Harry (Burgess)’ energy, openness and well thought out responses won me over.

  • Leisure pool could benefit everyone

    I have to agree with Robert Visel that the “property taxes in this town are ridiculous” — they average about 60 percent per housing unit of the rate in Livermore and 25 percent or less of other places that a Los Alamos resident is likely to move to (almost anywhere else in California, Massachusetts, New York; see http://www.city-data.com/zips/.

  • Don’t raise property taxes

    Dear Editor,
    As everyone should know by now they will be receiving a mail-in ballot to vote on a General Obligation Bond to support the construction of a new leisure pool at the Aquatic Center.
      I’m all for this new pool but not at the expense of me having to pay higher property taxes which is how these type of bonds are paid for.  The property taxes in this town are ridiculous as it is and I’m sure not going to pay any more!  And don’t tell me the property taxes won’t go up.  I’ve heard that one before.

  • Diamond delays truly costly

    The Los Alamos Monitor’s blazing headline on Sunday, September 30, “Councilor makes costly motion,” was about three County staffers each spending roughly five hours waiting for an agenda item delayed in a Council meeting.
    Actually, most staffers anticipate that possibility and work on something else in an anteroom.  The time can be at least partially productive.
    A more important story would address how much time we have wasted sitting in traffic on Diamond Drive.  Construction took five years, not the planned three.  In most of those years, work extended weeks to months beyond what was scheduled.  Traffic control plans appeared to have been developed in response to jams, not engineered in advance and then tweaked.

  • Naming names is important

    As I read the Sunday Los Alamos Monitor with excitement on the ‘Toppers win against the Albuquerque Academy Chargers, I realized there was an important omission as I read the front page photo caption next to the photo of the homecoming court members.    
    The photo caption finished by saying: “At halftime of Friday night’s game, the homecoming court also was announced.”  
    This is where the omission occurred.
    This would have been a great opportunity to name the members of the homecoming court — at a minimum — the names of the homecoming king and queen.

  • 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!