• Joe Sixpacks scarce around here

    Dear Mr. Todd:  You haven’t lived here very long have you? I take this tack rather than accuse you of not being very observant — of the relatively small population of “Joe Sixpacks” here as opposed to the overwhelmingly large number of hyperanalytic citizens.
    “The ardor for analysis” that you deride pervades “every nook and cranny” of our county government as an accurate and democratic reflection of the main character of our citizenry.

  • Shame on all involved

    The so-called “economic recovery” of 2011 is summarized in one sentence that dominated the news on Feb. 7: “Ford says that it is boosting its U.S. production, by 13 percent, of Lincoln and Ford Explorer SUV’s to keep up with demand, but Ford hasn’t yet decided it will add extra workers.”
    We can rejoice because the stock market is up and the very rich can confidently spend their millions on luxury items. Just ignore those pesky unemployment, foreclosure and bankruptcy figures.

  • CROP Walk success thanks to support

    The annual CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Hunger Walk, was held in conjunction with the Turkey Trot Nov. 21, 2010, in memory of its local founder and coordinator for many years, Aaron Goldman.
    The 2010 Los Alamos CROP Hunger Walk raised net proceeds totaling $12,000, which was the top fundraising CROP Walk in New Mexico.
    Over 200 walkers and runners participated.

  • Insist that the new LANL director lives here

    I have heard complaints that the upper echelon of LANL leadership is not involved in local affairs because they don’t live in Los Alamos.  
    Instead Director Michael Anastasio and others choose to live in Santa Fe.
    This is a significant change from the past when the lab director and his top executives lived in Los Alamos.

  • Effort keeps neighbors warm

    Curves thanks all the community members who donated blankets and electrical cooking items for our neighbors without natural gas.  
    It was amazing how many items we were able to collect in just a matter of hours. The blankets went to the armory to be used on cots for people spending the night and the other items went to individuals who are trying to stay in their own homes.

  • Call for clear, complete communication at LAPS

    Managing perceptions is critical.  I wrote a harsh letter about the LAPS decision to keep schools open when the governor had asked for help in managing the natural gas crisis.  
    Had the school district used its website to briefly explain why, instead of just stating that our schools would stay open, the letter would either not have been written or would have applauded the district for remaining open in case warm shelter was needed for those affected by the natural gas shutdowns.  

  • Reasoning was rooted in a concern for the welfare of students

    To the community of Los Alamos: Los Alamos Public Schools were in session Friday.  I made this decision because our students need to be in a safe, warm environment.
    Enrolled in our district, we have a significant number of students from affected areas and I believe it was our obligation to provide a safe, warm environment for them.  

  • LAPS sending wrong message

    What are our schools teaching our children? With thousands in our state without heat and at risk of freezing, our governor has declared a state of emergency and asked schools and government offices to close so that power can be restored to households across the state.
    The list of schools complying scrolls across our television screens.
    It appears that everyone is working to help those in need. Working together for the greater good. All except the Los Alamos Public Schools.

  • If it ain’t broke people

    If my tax dollars paid for someone to come up with the lame brained idea of reducing Trinity Drive to two lanes, I want my money back.
    I have lived in Los Alamos for almost 31 one years. I’ve driven Trinity Drive tens of thousands of times at all times of day and night. I’ve never had a problem.
    Sure, traffic slows and all lanes are used at peak times but it’s to be expected and isn’t a problem (except for the “Type A”s that think they have to be in such a hurry).

  • Can’t stop that uneasy feeling picturing Trinity roundabouts

    Every time I thought about Trinity Drive with roundabouts I had a general feeling of unease. And then I remembered.
    When I lived in the Boston area and I had commuted to Cambridge, MA, from nine miles away by bicycle, roundabouts were the worst part of the commute.
    If you stayed on the right, it was all too easy for cars to peel off of the circle to the right and try to mow you down. If you went into the main lane to avoid being run over, drivers would honk at you.