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Letters

  • Use less oil and we are less vulnerable

    Our own Sen. Jeff Bingaman has been drawing accolades for his speech before the senate March 17 on gasoline and oil prices.  
    Among many who reviewed his speech, David Roberts of grist.com called his speech “a beam of light ..., which didn’t get the attention it deserved.
    Bingaman is not normally a talky guy. Nor is he given to grand political gestures. He’s cautious by temperament (to a fault, I’d argue).
    Despite his reticence, though, he is among the very few senators who actually understand energy.”

  • Casa Mesita donates to 11 nonprofits

    We would like the public to know that Casa Mesita Group Home received their usual monthly allocation from Casa Mesita Trift Shop while they were closed in 2009. That amount was 30 percent less June 2010 to January 2011.
    Since January 2011, we have been helping to support LA Cares, Family Strengths Network, Veterans Memorial Fund, RSVP Quilters, LARSO Day Out Program, Sage Cottage, LAHS Friday Lunch Program, Salvation Army, Special Olympics, Search & Rescue and LA Group Home Inc.
    Good items that do not sell in a reasonable amount of time are re-cycled to several organizations. Volunteers receive in-store credit for the hours that they work. They all pay for items above their credit earned.

  • When does human life begin?

    When does that ethereal entity known as a soul enter a fetus? Many religions say it is at the moment of conception.
    There is no legal or civil determination, nor should there be since a soul is a purely religious concept.
    Some states have enacted laws that call the termination of a pregnancy, at various stages, murder. If murder is defined as “the killing of another human being,” we have come back to the basic question: Is a fetus an individual human being or a soulless growth that is an integral part of an individual person?

  • Groping passengers has really gone much too far

    Last week, with little fanfare in the media, the TSA airport passenger inspectors boasted that the Patriot Law allowed them to strip-search any airline passenger at any time for no reason at all — that means your little son, or your grandmother.
    This was followed by the TSA threat of inspecting train and even car passengers.
    Clearly our Congress has created a Frankenstein, one that is not accountable to the U.S. Constitution and the 4th Amendment prohibiting unreasonable search and seizure.
    It is ironic that even Hitler’s Nazis did not X-Ray or grope German passengers, while TSA employees are doing it to Americans every day.  

  • Either thoroughfare or bypass

    I certainly agree with John Pawlak’s March 11 letter concerning some decisions made regarding Los Alamos street planning.
    Indeed, Trinity Drive can be made to look more attractive, but it should not be made a copy of Central Avenue, a mere one block north.
    Function is critical.
    A snow plow trying to clear Central Avenue around the cutouts is painfully slow.
    Traffic lights placed strategically can solve most pedestrian problems.
    As a friend explained, we need either one thoroughfare in town or a bypass.

    Peggy Bradberry

  • Highway through center of town seems a bit odd

    Much of the discussion regarding the new design of Trinity Drive evolves around the density of traffic.  
    Why do we allow a State Highway, SR502, to commute through the center of Los Alamos?  
    Why not investigate an alternate route such as Los Alamos Canyon?  
    There is an old road in Los Alamos Canyon that exists from SR4 to past the ice rink. It could link to a round-about at Trinity and Diamond and disperse the same amount of traffic to the Lab, North Community and downtown.
    It would require more creative thinking, time and effort.

  • U.S. vulnerability continues to grow

    The Middle East has the capacity to destroy the United States.
    Not by sending terrorists to bomb our cities, but by wasting our resources in futile efforts to bring western democracy to a region and culture that doesn’t want it or understand it.  
    Much as it rends my heart to see the Egyptian military re-assert its control after the so-called “revolution,” and to see the Libyan rebels about to be massacred by Libya’s maniacal desert sheik, President Obama is absolutely correct to keep our military out of it.

  • Co-op market earns kudos

    I would like to express my thanks to the audacious individuals who have made it possible to buy bulk food, unique organic produce, and local meat in town any day or night of the week! You deserve to be applauded for having the guts, will and foresight to bring this modern, healthy alternative here.
    I sincerely hope we embrace new community opportunities like this and in the future ask ourselves why it took so long to do so.

  • Research altered votes

    John Pawlak has gone over the edge. Without participating in the process, he has called the volunteers who make up the transportation board stupid.
    I throw his statement back at him; stupid is as stupid does.
    When I was on the Transportation Board, we started 7-0 against roundabouts. After studying the engineering, reviewing simulations, reviewing the experience of other communities, reviewing the safety statistics and meeting with representatives of the community, we changed our minds, and voted 6-1 in favor of roundabouts.

  • Trinity needs taming

    There is no doubt about it: Trinity Drive is a most unattractive and dangerous major thoroughfare. It is an intimidating barrier for pedestrians to cross and a racecourse for bicyclists to avoid. I, too, would like to see it tamed and made more inviting.