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Letters

  • Christmas spirit is alive

    Once again, the community has come out and showed its very generous spirit.
    Last Saturday’s Breakfast with Santa, sponsored by Del Norte Credit Union and the Kiwanis Club, was a huge success, both in donations and numbers of children who came to give their Christmas wish lists to Santa.
    The holiday season is alive and well in Los Alamos.
    We very much appreciate Del Norte’s financial contribution.
    Much food was collected, to be delivered by LA Cares to those in need. Monetary donations will be used for foster children activities.

  • It’s time to turn the focus to jobs, jobs and more jobs now

    Now that Obama has been “shellacked” in the midterm election, he can get back to the urgent issue of jobs, jobs, jobs.  
    How would those jobs be financed? One way would be to divert some money from all the war spending to job creation in infrastructure projects.  
    We already know that $3 trillion will have gone down the drain in the Iraq war so we cannot save that.
    How about Afghanistan? The Karzai government in Afghanistan is rated the second most corrupt in the world. Yet we have supported Karzai on the CIA payroll.  

  • Time is of the essence to adopt from shelter

    I want to convince people to adopt a dog from a shelter. People can find dogs at our shelter. All these puppies and dogs need a good home and a good community.
    The first reason to  adopt puppies and dogs is that they have good temperments. They are very friendly dogs and they make good companions for people who live alone.  Also, they get you outside.
    The second reason to adopt is to give them a good home. They need good leadership and need good structure by using clear rules. To make them happy, they need to play a lot and do tricks.

  • Voters should make their voices heard

    County Councilor Vincent Chiravalle needs to remember that there are far more than 1,600 voters in Los Alamos County.  
    With more than 8,600 individuals voting during the past election (based on votes for governor), the voices of all should be listened to before passing an ordinance to rebuild a building that is better left in fond memory (for some).

  • Chiravalle ignores voters, may waste taxpayer dollars

    Last Friday, The Monitor reported that Councilor Vincent Chiravalle planned to introduce an ordinance implementing the recent petition to rebuild the 1967 municipal building in its original form and location.
    On Oct. 19, the council displayed great deference to direct (as opposed to representative) democracy when it decided to put that petition to a vote despite the county attorney’s firm opinion that the petition included illegal components.

  • Advance thinking enhances holiday experience

    The holidays, the time between Thanksgiving eve and New Years Day, is a time “of going with the flow” for most men.   
    Women have a different outlook. It is a time for lots of work and stress involving cookies, cards, presents, decorating, dinners, schedules of dinner parties – wow! Where is January?

  • Petitions are signed for so many reasons

    Councilor Vincent Chiravalle introduced an ordinance that calls for resurrecting the demolished county building at Ashley Pond. He believes his constituents “feel strongly about this issue” because 1,600 of them signed Richard Hannemann’s petition supporting the same.

  • Let truth, sensibility, common sense prevail

    In regards to the situating of the new Los Alamos Municipal Building, I would like to state that truth, sensibility and common sense does not require a “smoke from the hookah pipe!” (Nov. 10 Hannemann letter).
    Concerned, responsible, reasonable, farsighted, astute and financially aware citizens of Los Alamos County fully recognize the wiseness of building this structure on the presently cleared and (correctly) zoned Central Avenue site.

  • Muni building saga becoming theater of the absurd

    Even for a town as notably fractious and full of highly opinionated people as this one, the municipal building issue is becoming absurd.  
    The county council chartered a whole citizen’s group to study this issue, and they met repeatedly, held public meetings, solicited input at public events and coordinated carefully with the county administration about the county’s needs, which, not surprisingly, are a lot different than they were when the original municipal building was built more than 40 years ago.  

  • Namesake’s heir asks residents to spare pond park

    When I look at old photos of Ashley Pond, I love the simplicity of the place.  
    Over the years, this pond has had many uses and is an open and green place in the middle of what is now becoming more and more of a congested area.
    While, the pond will never be as it once was, I would hope that the people of Los Alamos would vote not to have anymore buildings in this area.  
    It is a park and I would encourage everyone to keep it as a park with open space.

    Joan Pond
    Ashley Pond’s grandaughter
    Rio Rancho