• Time for Trinity to move forward

     I am in favor of adoption of the county ordinance to lease the Trinity property to North American Development Group so that the project can move forward.  I have served as a volunteer on the county’s Trinity Advisory Committee and have in-depth knowledge and perspective on the history, objectives, alternatives, and trade-offs inherent in the project  This is a complex project and it required answering many questions and addressing many issues.  The questions and issues I have seen raised in the recent public discussion are good ones.  I have seen none that were not fully considered by the work of the committee and county in making the recommendation to proceed.

  • Letters to the Editor: T-board meeting illegal

    On 1/12/2012, the Transportation Board (T Board) held a meeting from 5:30-8:30 to receive the final TAC report.  At the beginning of the meeting, the T Board chair announced that the meeting would end at 8:15 to give the board an opportunity to examine a rough design for NM502 sketched by Kyle Zimmerman.
    This item, clearly new business, was not on the agenda (attached).  The public input time was shortened, contrary to what was publicized in the paper, to provide time for this presentation.  Because there was a quorum of T Board members attending this  presentation, it became a “de facto” T Board meeting, not announced, and thus in violation of the Open Meetings Act.  As I was speaking to the T Board chair after the

  • Trinity Site is nice for a park

    I agree with James Rickman (Strip mall unsustainable, ViewPoint, Jan. 18), however, in the 32 years I’ve lived here, I’ve come to realize that when the Los Alamos County Council and other county politicians get a grandiose idea in their craw it takes a major uprising to wake them up.
    I would like to see that uprising against the Trinity Site. I have to many questions and to many reasons why we shouldn’t spend our money on this harmful and unnecessary monument to our politicians.
    I think the Trinity Site would make a very nice park.

    RD Little
    Los Alamos


  • Double check incentive

    In the Jan. 20 story in the Los Alamos Monitor, it was finally revealed that one  of the Trinity Site options included a Walmart.
    However, the idea was discarded because Walmart wanted a “big incentive” to come into the community.
    Did anyone calculate what that incentive would be? Did anyone calculate the rise in gross receipts tax revenues that would be garnered from a Walmart as opposed to another Smith’s?
    Might the difference cover the “big incentive?”
    The people of Los Alamos already spend 70 percent of their money off the hill. Isn’t the idea behind  the Trinity Site to recapture some of that money?

  • A grand compromise

    I am encouraged by progress in the golf course redesign process, but as an open space advocate, I feel the revised designs still leave much to be desired.
    Alternative 1, with its limited appeal to golfers, seems like a short-term solution that will quickly lead us back to this very same discussion.
    On the other hand, Alternative 2 standing alone is a clear lose for open space: it destroys a substantial amount of ponderosa forest with trees up to 350 years old.
    However, I do see the core of a grand compromise, one that would end the slow erosion of our remarkable and unique interior wild land while also offering golfers the quality course they deserve.

  • Win-lose venture

    After the county signs a contract with NADG, Smith’s will control two-thirds of the shopping on the north side of Trinity Drive and all of the shopping on the south side of Trinity Drive and east of Knecht Street.
    That’s a pretty good deal for them but not a good deal for the community.  
    Competition is supposed to help a community thrive.  How can the county council and school board seriously consider a contract that gives one private company control of so much public property when it already controls a good-sized chunk of commercial property?

    Patricia Max
    Los Alamos

  • Add centennial events

    Thank you for the story on upcoming New Mexico Centennial events in the December “Diversions,” however, you missed an important one.   
    The Los Alamos County Council enthusiastically supported the creation of a Historic Homestead Tour in Los Alamos, outside of DOE property.
    In seven locations, 17 signs describing the history and extent of pre-Manhattan Project homesteads will be installed.  
    This tour was selected as a New Mexico Centennial project, appropriately so as homesteading was the principal activity during 1912 in the location we think of as Los Alamos .  
    A ceremony dedicating the tour, planned for May 18, is a New Mexico Centennial event.  

  • Trinity Site Options

    To the Los Alamos County Council and all concerned about Trinity Site options: Have Smith’s expand into the rest of the stores adjacent to them.
    Move Beall’s to the Trinity Site and bring in a Walgreens, a Wendy’s and Penney’s.
    Minimal rebuilding would be needed for Smith’s because they could put their pharmacy, florist and other non-food items in those adjacent spaces along with the other small furniture items they now crowd into the front of the store.
    If there’s no buyer for Brownell’s Hallmark store, maybe the enlarged non-food part of Smith’s would bring back the photo machines.

    Inez Ross
    Los Alamos


  • You, too can save the world

    When the disenfranchised (middle and lower classes) recognize that drugs, alcohol/unhealthy food and ignorance are the tools used by the greedy to control them, keeping them quiet and contained, then they must take remedying actions themselves — only then will real change unfold. “All you need is 20 seconds of insane courage.”
    If you truly want to stop the greedy from destroying America completely, then stop smoking, drinking, overeating, or doing drugs of any kind and diligently become the best “you” that you can imagine.  
    Doing so, taking control of your own life and your own world, will positively alter all the worlds around you.  Guaranteed.

  • Protect income for future generations

    The proposed Trinity Site lease makes no provision to protect Los Alamos Schools from inflation.
    It’s easy to understand how time will erode the value of our community’s income. The basic rent is $511,000 per year.
    First, from the terms of the lease, the best-case income after 25 years is $539,310. Second, what would the value of $511,000 be after 25 years of inflation?
    Call this X. We then take the ratio of 539,310.10/X to compute the fraction of $511,000 that our schools will earn in 25 years.
    Since we don’t know what inflation will do over the next 25 years, let’s consider historical data to get a range of possible outcomes.