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Letters

  • 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

  • Current Trinity plan a monumental mistake

    There has been much talk about how the Trinity Site Revitalization Project has the potential to change our community forever. I have no doubt that it will. I am less convinced that the changes will be positive.

  • Lab retirees owed big debt of gratitude for endeavors

    I am writing to object to ideas presented by your Guest Columnist in Wednesday’s edition.  
    Ms. Dannemann’s thesis that laboratory retirees owe a continuing debt to New Mexico, due to the fact that taxpayers funded their compensation over their careers, is indicative of a misunderstanding of the role of the laboratory in this nation’s security and defense.  

  • Take time to vote no on nonsensical issue

    This bamboozled person of the public is neither mystified nor confused. He is, to the contrary, intelligent enough to understand the idea of replicating - oh, sorry, “rebuilding” - a nearly 50-year-old municipal building that was inefficient and ineffective from the get-go is not only ill-informed and ill-conceived, it is sheer nonsense.
    Los Alamos, I trust your intelligence. My only concern is you won’t want to waste your valuable time on this nonsensical issue and will therefore neglect to sign and return your ballot in December.

  • Old muni building garnered little more than a yawn

    I’m bemused by the thought that the old municipal building was so iconic that people are pining for a remake of it. Really? There have been some iconic buildings in Los Alamos that honor decades of style - Fuller Lodge, homes on Bathtub Row, the long-gone Sundts, Denver Steels, the A-frame church on Arkansas, the IMC at Los Alamos High School, the guard tower at what used to be the main gate, the LANB building, and more recently, the many new or remodeled homes that rose from the Cerro Grande fire ashes.

  • Smoke screen from hookah pipe designed to bamboozle

    When you build a house, or any structure, first you start with the architect’s design. From that you make a blueprint, which has all the details of how it is supposed to be done, including any code related items.  Then you build it. The term “replica” and phrase “exact replica” have been thrown around a lot regarding the Municipal Building petition. Yet neither term nor phrase occur in the text of the petition itself ­— because this is not a replication.

  • Thanks for taking away my signs

    Interesting thing this Nov. 3 morning. I noticed my political signs were gone. Why would somebody steal my signs after the election? Oh, well. At least now I won’t have to dispose of them.
    But on my way to work, I noticed that nearly all of the signs in my neighborhood were gone. As a matter of fact, they were gone from Smith’s, from Rover Boulevard and from N.M. 4.

  • Generous souls will discover many local worthy causes

    The LANL United Way campaign has been extended for another week, and there are still opportunities to designate for your favorite nonprofit or the LANL match. There are many worthy causes in Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico. Groups such as Self Help, Inc. operate without fees for service. Thanks to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, the organization operates with almost no overhead costs and uses donated dollars to benefit clients directly. Projects such as the Children’s Tools for School project are entirely run by board members and community volunteers.

  • Audience absence was astounding

    For the second time my wife and I drove over from Phoenix to see a play put on by the Olions Club of Los Alamos High School.
    For the second time, we were energized by these young people.
    “An Enemy Of The People” by Henrik Ibsen is serious drama. We found it amazing that a high school drama group would  even attempt to portray such a demanding production, much less deliver it with all the force Ibsen intended.