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Today's Opinions

  • The glue that binds us

    We are a society of laws. We have to be. Our laws provide the glue holding us together. Laws are just the beginning. The institutions of society are the rest.
    By institutions I mean enforcement of the laws, respect for the central place of private property, effective education and a working health care system.
    On the latter, I spent time recently with my mother completing an 82-page admissions document required by the facility where she is receiving care. The waste in this document boggles the mind.
    My topics today, however, are laws that work with leavening from the delightfully named “stupid factor.”
    Abandoned mines offer continuing application of the stupid factor, especially when young men and alcohol are around.

  • Local banter out does Middle East experience

    I have just returned from three weeks in the Middle East (Egypt and Israel). Not one problem — no gun shots nor riots. Peaceful and quiet; unlike the banter over the Trinity Drive reconstruct I left in Los Alamos!
    The Egyptians were especially happy to see us and treated us like kings and queens — well, at least like the elite. Loved the way they turn three-lane highways into seven lane ones with cars going every which way when the traffic load gets heavy. Looked like they were braiding hair. Made me think of a congested two-lane Trinity Drive.
    Since I was gone, I did not attend the April 7 meeting on the Trinity Drive reconstruct. Here are a few comments I would have made.

  • N.M. 502 needs four lanes

    The two lane Trinity Drive preferred option presented by the MIG  consultants at the recent Transportation Board meeting should be ejected by our county councilors as being both unworkable in practice and way too expensive for even a town so well funded as Los  Alamos.
    Imagine the daily rush hour traffic if Trinity is narrowed down to only two lanes. According to the official traffic measurements, which were done for this study, there are routinely peak traffic rates of 1,500 vehicles/hr with some weekdays seeing 1,900 vehicles/hr during lunch hour.
    Most of this traffic is westbound in the morning and  eastbound in the afternoon rush hours while at lunch hour the traffic is  pretty evenly divided between east and west.  

  • Alternate to Trinity Drive traffic

    Much of the discussion regarding the new design of Trinity Drive evolves around the density of traffic.  
    Why do we allow a state highway, N.M. 502, to commute through the center of Los Alamos?  Why not investigate an alternate route such as Los Alamos Canyon?  
    There is an old road in Los Alamos Canyon that exists from N.M. 4 to beyond the ice rink.  
    It could link to a roundabout at Trinity and Diamond and disperse the same amount of traffic to Los Alamos National Laboratory, North Community and downtown.
    It would require more creative thinking, time and effort.

    Allene Lindstrom
    Los Alamos

     

  • Expressions of gratitude are extended to doctors and staff at LAMC

    The following letter was sent April 17 to F. Curtis Smith, acting CEO of the Los Alamos Medical Center.
    We wish to commend you on many staff who cared so skillfully and devotedly for our wife and mother, Beverly M. Keenan, during her final days of life, which ended April 6, 2011.
    While we fully grant that care and consideration by hospital staff might be considered “just part of the job” we quickly learned that full and complete demonstration of these acts on their part exceeded all “normal” facets of personal attention and devotion.
    We wish to especially commend Dr. Matthew Fey, Dr. John Garcia, Dr. Richard Honsinger, Scott Staley RN, Jesse White RN, Natalie Fischer RN, Beverly Romero RN and Loretta Stapleton RN.

  • Thank you letter from Hadassah

    On a beautiful Sunday morning, March 20, 2011, we had over 120 participants walk or run along a scenic course in the Eastern Area, expertly designed by Ted Williams, President of the Atomic City Roadrunners.  Our efforts raised over $6,000 and all the proceeds will go toward breast cancer research by Hadassah Hospital, the premier medical institution in the Middle East and discoverer of the breast cancer genes BRCA-1 and BRCA-2.
    We would like to thank the following sponsors for their support toward this worthwhile cause:
    CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center
    Los Alamos Medical Center
    Neptune and Company
    Paul and Kendra Henning, ReMax Los Alamos
    Pearl White, Real Estate Associates
    CB Fox Department Store

  • Leave Trinity at 4 lanes

    Instead of being distracted by the statistics concerning the wonders of roundabouts, what we really need to focus on is the efficient flow of vehicular traffic. In the 56 years I have driven, walked, and bicycled in Los Alamos, I have observed Trinity Drive, Diamond Drive, and the bridge over Los Alamos Canyon grow from two lanes to three and then four. There was an overriding reason behind this expansion, which was to move an increasing volume of traffic through these principal arteries.

  • Sharing the wealth

    Last fall, after a dismal tourist season for Red River, film crews arrived to make “This Must Be the Place.” They filled hotels and restaurants and boosted gross receipts, which saved Red River, according to Rep. Bobby Gonzales.
    Well, maybe it didn’t save the town, but “it certainly helped,” says a local business woman, who supports the industry and the incentives that keep movie makers here. “It was a big influx of cash.”
    Going into the legislative session, film incentives loomed as an issue, but the governor and the industry were both making conciliatory noises, so it was surprising to see incentives become a lightning rod. Instead of rational discussion, we got emotional bombast.