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Letters

  • Council vilifies and undervalues local firefighters

    I would like to address the recent article in which the Monitor gave the county council’s views on the Fact Finders Report in regards to fire fighters raises.
    I am a retired captain from LAFD, charter member of IAFF Local 3279, served on five out of the six negotiations between the county and Local 3279, held every elected position within the Local and am currently on the negotiations team.

  • Two sides to global warming position

     In reference to, “EPA CO2 declaration hot air” published Sept. 28 in the Monitor, guest columnist Don Petersen has a point: a warming trend might indeed be welcomed by anyone paying a heating bill.
    But people living in New  York’s Lower Manhattan, or other places close to the rising ocean, might not be able to enjoy their savings for long.
    Also, it remains to be seen whether anyone paying an air conditioning bill will welcome  the warming trend.
    I want to make this short.

  • LAGRI gives a vote of thanks to local residents

    The Los Alamos Governmental Review Initiative thanks the community of Los Alamos that helped make the Sept. 12 Council Candidate Forum a successful educational event. 
    Our goal in this project was to gather enthusiasm for the upcoming Nov. 2 election and give the voters a chance to hear candidates answer questions on a broad range of topics. 

  • League to host candidate forums

    The League of Women Voters invites Los Alamos residents to a candidates’ forum in Santa Fe from 3-5 p.m. Sunday at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, south-east corner of St. Francis Drive and West San Mateo Road. Congressional District 3 candidates Tom Mullins and Ben Ray Lujan will present platforms and take questions.

  • Improvements to campus a must to stay competitive

    I want to share why the passage of General Obligation Bond “D” in the Nov. 2 general election should make sense to the citizens of Los Alamos. General obligation bonds are funded by property taxes collected by the state.
    For example, residents will pay $9.98 per year on property with an assessed value of $100,000 – less than $1 per month.
    If Bond D passes, it will make $155.2 million available for colleges and universities in the state, including $750,000 for the renovation of the science laboratories at UNM-LA.

  • Big trucks should be required to use truck route

    We have two key routes open to the public that take traffic to and from town and one is specifically labeled ‘truck route.  
    Yet it seems there are always lots of big, slow trucks that use the 502, annoying at any time but particularly during heavy traffic times like morning rush hour!
    Why?
    Can’t the county do something to “encourage” trucks to actually use the truck route?
    Maybe prohibit trucks on the 502 between 6-9 a.m. on weekdays and between 3 p.m.-6 p.m. on weekday afternoons?  

    TJ Taub

  • Firefighter union wants dialogue with county council

    I wasn’t surprised to see the county council object, via the Los Alamos Monitor, to our position (Los Alamos Firefighters’ Assoc. - IAFF Local #3279; “Union”) regarding our current conflict. What I was surprised to see was our own Fire Chief, Douglas Tucker, stating that ‘[Los Alamos County] deal[s] in facts and [the Union] deal(s) in emotions.” This couldn’t be farther from the truth.

  • Avid hiker can’t give enough praise

    I love Los Alamos! I love the mountains that surround us; folding us in their majestic embrace.
    I love the fresh mountain air and the fluffy white clouds that daily dance across the blue, blue sky.
    I love Central Avenue with the flower pots, groups of people enjoying the company of friends along with a cup of coffee at Starbucks, the colorful trolley stopping to pick up passengers and the chance encounter with an old friend.
    My walker and I stroll east down the way, dropping in here and there to check out what’s for sale or what’s not.

  • School library remarks deemed achingly obvious

    The recent remarks of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan about school libraries reflects his belief that school libraries are important.
    “We recognize the dire straits of tough economic times and the stress the states are under,” he said. “We don’t want people to take a step backwards and there are all kinds of documented studies that show where you have healthy and strong and vibrant libraries with librarians staffing them students do better, they read better, their test scores go up.”

  • Kaleidoscope comments

    Kaleidoscope is my TV guide and I do read other the articles: “An Inside Look at Nuclear Weapons” was really interesting (we do live in Los  Alamos). I also appreciate your list of books on the “Best Sellers” list each week as well as many of the other articles. I hope you will keep Kaleidoscope coming on Thursdays.

    Carole Travis
    White Rock

    Thank you for asking before changing another aspect of the Monitor.  The service of providing a weekly TV listing is very helpful.