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Letters

  • 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.  

  • A little money goes far

    What could you do with $32.35? You and a friend could go out for a green-chile cheeseburger at the Blue Window, share a desert, and leave a really stingy tip.  
    You could get 10 gallons of regular gas (hurry, though, prices are set to go up again next  week.)
    How about 40 pounds of gourmet bird seed at Metzgers?
    Here’s my favorite investment, $32.35 is almost enough — for two 25-pound bags of sweet potato/herring cat food at Pet Pangaea.  
    Or you and the whole community could build a leisure pool.
    The leisure pool will be a permanent asset to our town, and it wouldn’t be just for me, or just for you, or just for your birds or cats.  

  • Can't get out of town fast enough

    After reading the column that states “Our View,” which I seriously doubt reflects everyone’s opinion at the Los Alamos Monitor, therefore it should be “My View,”  I feel I must respond.  
    The idea that a leisure pool is going to keep our “young” people in town is ludicrous!  I have lived here all my life and it’s not by choice.  If, or when I can, a new Leisure Pool is certainly not going to keep me here.  
    This town is too expensive to live in and another proposal to make it even more expensive only drives me to strive harder to get out.

  • Consider voting yes on pool

    Los Alamos has been well served by the Aquatic Center.  Now we have the opportunity to enhance the Aquatic Center and the quality of life for the community by voting yes in the special election for a leisure pool addition.
    A dream of many “Blue Whale” supporters has been the addition of a leisure pool. For more than 20 years, contributions have been collected to support this effort.
    The pool offers opportunities for swim lessons, warm water therapy, lap swimming, international high altitude team trainings and state swimming meets, all of which benefit our community. I have participated in many of these activities and seen the positive impact county wide.  

  • We aren't made of rubber

    What ever happened to “look both ways before crossing the street?” Is it no longer taught to our children or practiced by adults?
    When are we, as a society, going to realize that most drivers are idiots? They drink, eat, put on makeup, talk on their cell phones, read, talk to their passengers (even to themselves), text — everything but drive. Right foot on the gas, left on the brake and head in the clouds. And yet we continue to step out in front of them. Whether it is walking in a parking lot, crossing at a crosswalk or anywhere else where vehicles drive, somehow we just don’t think about that idiot driver that has more important (in their mind) things to do than watch out for other human beings.