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Letters

  • 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

  • Roundabouts spur efficiency

    The recent negative letters about the proposed changes to Trinity Drive have motivated me to write.  Having driven in both France and Britain where roundabouts are extensively deployed, I can attest to their efficiency compared to traffic light intersections. They also help enforce the speed limit and drivers tend to be more attentive.  Both of these will help minimize accidents.  

  • Watch those cigarettes

    I want to say that on Mother’s Day, May 8, at approximately 1 p.m., while standing in my front yard, I witnessed a gentleman in a red jeep leaving the Pueblo Drive area of the Denver Steels throw a cigarette out his window.
    The cigarette hit the street and blew on to my dry grassy yard. It could have become a disaster had I not seen him do this.
    Many of us in the neighborhood could be homeless right now because of that irresponsible act. If people are going to smoke, they should do so with respect for the community around them and use an ashtray or not smoke while driving.
    With the 11-year anniversary of the Cerro Grande Fire upon us, people should be extra vigilant to prevent fires.

    Dana Wouster
    Los Alamos
     

  • Save money for important needs

    I have lived in Los Alamos for 50 years. Until recently, I hadn’t realized all the problems I was having on Trinity Drive.
    The worst safety problem is the blinding sun at sunrise and sunset, which I doubt that the “improvements” will cure.
    Have the computer models included the impact on Canyon Road?
    Let us save our money for a real need.

    Lawry W. Mann
    Los Alamos

  • Let’s keep the news local

    I want to thank you for the April 27 edition of the Los Alamos Monitor! I subscribe to the Monitor for the local news, and the April 27 edition had only local news, events and stories with the exception of one story about Tiger Woods.
    I can get state, national, regional and world news and events everywhere from my web browser to newspapers and 24/7 newscasts. There are only two places I can get Los Alamos community news, stories and events — our own Monitor and KRSN radio.

  • Clearing up fuzzy math

    As a math teacher, it always upsets me when I meet people who can’t add fractions. But people who can’t add whole numbers or count past 10 are even more frustrating.  
    In a letter to the editor, Dave Collins said that I miscounted the “roundabout” words on the SIDRA software overview page (and in fact accused me of purposely exaggerating the number.)  I wrote that the word appeared 69 times and Dave “corrected” me, saying that he could only count nine occurrences of the word.

  • Two major issues overlooked

    It was a pleasure to see the reasoned letter by Dave Collins and the Viewpoint column by Chick Keller on the issues of roundabouts and narrowing Trinity Drive to two lanes.
    Unfortunately, none of the commentary has addressed the most significant two issues of two-lane vs. four-lane thoroughfares, namely: Without double lanes, how am I going to pass the overcautious, doddering old (%&@$#) driver ahead of me and how am I going to be able to get out of the way of the reckless young (%&@$#) fool racing up behind me?

    Terry Goldman
    Los Alamos