• Concern over dogs’ behavior

    I just read David Jones’ letter about the attack on him and his dogs and I am very sorry this happened to him.
    To the owner of those dogs, and any others who allow such behavior, please take note.
    Los Alamos County has very generously permitted dog owners to enjoy walking their dogs without the encumbrance of a leash, in designated areas, under voice and sight control.
    “Voice and sight control means the keeper has the ability to control the dog by voice command and the dog must respond immediately to that command.
    Further, the dog must remain within sight of the keeper. Even in designated voice and sight control areas in Los Alamos, the dog must be on a leash unless it meets the requirements of voice and sight control.”

  • Roundabout testimonial

    To the Los Alamos County Council and the Transportation Board:
    I drove through this roundabout on Central Avenue at 8th Street in Albuquerque during rush hour at 5:15 p.m., on a weekday last month, while pulling a large trailer with my large pickup:

    I came in from the west and headed east on Central Avenue. My observations include:
    •Central narrows from four lanes to two lanes. That was no problem (good signage) even though heavy traffic had to merge and I was driving a 35-40 foot rig.
    •Traffic was “queued” back about 10 vehicles, but kept moving at about 10 mph.

  • Roundabouts with left turns best bet

    What kind of community do Los Alamos and White Rock want to be? I have not  found many other places I’d live as I contemplate, with an eye on  retirement, whether to stay in Los Alamos or move on.
    Community  sustainability and a people friendly environment are major factors to weigh.
    Some say roundabouts increase local businesses. While that is true, one of  the downsides of Los Alamos County is the lack of businesses along the  roundabout route.
    Is this county business unfriendly? In comparison to  alternative communities, I’d have to conclude that Los Alamos needs to  rethink its lack of support of entrepreneurship and the road blocks to  business we’ve created.

  • Owners need to keep control of their dogs

    A few days ago, I took my two dogs (a little Papillion and a yellow Lab) on their daily walk near the golf course. My dogs are always on a leash anytime they’re out of our fenced yard.
    As we neared the golf course, we heard coyotes, so I was on guard to deal with them if necessary.
    What I next saw was a lady and her three dogs (two German Shepherd mixes and a Lab) headed our way. Her dogs were running free, with no sign of a leash.
    I moved off the trail and picked my Papillion up. As they neared, one of the Shepherds spotted us and started running toward us. I yelled at the lady to control her dogs, to no avail.

  • Thanks for the scoop

    I would like to thank Dan’s Cafe for the 2,000 scoops of ice cream they gave away on Tuesday evening. You are very generous. My family looks forward to the free scoop night every year. It is a good opportunity to see friends and of course, have a lot a of ice cream. I myself contributed two scoops to that number of 2,000.
    The pinwheels were really nice and added to the fun. I liked to stick mine in my scoop of ice cream.
    Thank you so much. We look forward to seeing you throughout the year and again at free scoop night next year.

    Faith Koh
    Los Alamos

  • Better use of money than on Trinity Drive?

    There have been many well-considered letters supporting and opposing changes in Trinity from a four-lane road to two lanes with roundabouts.
    The benefits of the proposed change are and will remain uncertain. The cost is sure to be enormous. What is the projected cost and who would be paying? The inconvenience to motorists during months (or years) of reconstruction is also to be considered. Is it worth it?
    Safety for pedestrians crossing Trinity is a valid concern, but one which could be addressed with a more modest project.

    Janet Tallman
    Los Alamos

  • Council quashes alternate opinions

    Every now and again I overhear members of the Los Alamos County Council lamenting that citizens don’t seem to comment on important issues until the 11th hour, or worse, until after votes already have been cast and things are in motion.
    If the councilors would look up from their papers on the dais and notice what was happening beyond the front of their own noses, they might have an epiphany about how they treat some members of our community and how this treatment could have a chilling effect on constructive citizen input.

  • GOP leaders holding federal budget hostage

    May 12, on the PBS News Hour, Sen. Mitch McConnell was being interviewed by Jim Lehrer on the upcoming debt limit vote coming up before congress. McConnell was stating that the Republicans would not agree to raise the debt limit unless at least $4 trillion in spending cuts were agreed to and that they would definitely not agree to any tax increases or lesser cuts as a compromise as has been done in the past.  
    He implied that without these cuts the U.S. government would have to default on its obligations.

  • Roundabouts work well on busy roads

    On Tuesday, the Los Alamos County Council will discuss Trinity Drive/N.M.502 Improvements.
    The public will have an opportunity to voice their opinions. Do citizens wish to make Trinity safer and more livable for everyone, including those who live off Trinity, or do we want to keep Trinity the way it is now, a four lane highway that bisects Los Alamos Mesa? I personally want improvements.
    Three evenings ago, I came extremely close to being T-boned by a blatant red light runner who was rushing somewhere. After I began my left turn on to Oppenheimer, I quickly stopped in the middle of the intersection when I saw the rapidly accelerating red Chevy truck barreling toward me. The truck barely had room to clear my car.

  • Doctor commends care received

    Mary Lindberg and I, Peter Lindberg, would like to thank the ER docttors and nurses, the X-ray technicians, doctors Ivan Shulman, Kathryn Zerbach and James Ziomek and the ICU nurses of Los Alamos Medical Center for their kindness and excellent care after my recent serious bicycle accident (all my fault.)
    Also, I would like to thank the dietary department for keeping me well nourished during my hospital stay  (and for the five lbs. I gained.) I am recovering well and resuming my Prostate Cancer Medicine Practice.

    Peter Lindberg, MD
    Los Alamos