• 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


  • Changes don't add up

     I applaud the council for its efforts to make Los Alamos a better place to live, however I am not convinced that the proposed roundabouts on Trinity Drive is a positive step in that direction.  
    There has been a lot of discussion on the roundabouts. If I understand correctly, one of the reasons for this proposed change is to beautify the area.
     I am not sure why we are attempting to beautify the streets with landscaped roundabouts while at the same time we choose to leave the eye sore buildings on both sides of Trinity standing.  
    If you want beauty ... we need to look at surrounding buildings not the asphalt.

    Zena Thomas
    Los Alamos

  • Shameful situation devalues teaching profession

    There is a growing national trend of de-valuing the teaching profession that has finally, and unfortunately reared its ugly head in Los Alamos.  
    Having read the story about the April 21 school board meeting in the April 22 Los Alamos Monitor, I can no longer remain silent.  
    I am writing as a parent, special education teacher and former instructional assistant. It is simply unconscionable to assume that because a position with the school district has been vacated that there is an “opportunity” to replace teachers and librarians with instructional assistants.  

  • Family appreciates outpouring

    On behalf of the family of George Anderson, we would like to sincerely thank the community of Los Alamos, Bethlehem Lutheran Church and Kathleen Hoverson for their outpouring of love and support after the sudden loss of Joann  Anderson on April 12.  
    Nearly 170 people attended her memorial service, and  we were so touched by the large amounts of cards, meals and words of  support.  
    We know Joann is smiling down on the community she called ‘home’ for so many years.  
    Peace and blessings to you all!  

    George, Mark, Chris, Kathy,
    Rachel, Sean and Matthew Anderson


  • Keep supporting librarians

    I  appreciate the Los Alamos Monitor’s coverage of the recent school board meeting and the reflection of community support for our school libraries. However, in fairness there are items I need  to correct.
    Kurt and I announced our retirement in March. I expected my part-time library position to be eliminated. I am grateful that the school board gave me this year to formalize procedures, work with vendors, and lighten (but not eliminate) the cataloging load.
    It was Piñon librarian Maxine Schmidt who more recently announced her retirement.
    Suddenly the “shared librarian” information appeared on the district website as “White Rock Library News!”