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Today's Opinions

  • Prepared to accept carefully weighed decision on Trinity

    Is it possible to have a reasonable, fact-based discussion regarding options for renovating Trinity Drive? I’d like to believe we can, but after reading the viewpoints you publish, I wonder.
    In Friday’s paper, John Pawlak said that on the SIDRA homepage (software being used by the consultant hired by the county) “the word roundabout appears 69 times,” presumably to prove a blatant bias in favor of the dreaded roundabouts.
    Well, I just looked on the web page, www.sidrasolutions.com and counted (using the browser “find” function) nine occurrences of “roundabout.”

  • Roundabouts are no big deal

    I don’t know what the big deal is about roundabouts. If they work in so many other places in the world why won’t they work here? Are we special or different?
    I personally hate stop lights. I hate to sit waiting stupidly at a light when no one else is around.
    I would rather drive slow than fast just to have to stop and wait.
    That’s my opinion. I think some people are stuck in the past.

    John Stephenson
    Los Alamos
     

  • Designing roadways takes sound engineering skills

    I fly quite often and am a member of a number of airline frequent flier programs.
    However, I do not feel qualified to design aircraft. Designing a roadway is a skilled engineering occupation, at least as complex as aeronautical design and with the same efficiency and safety ramifications.  
    The tools available to street designers, including sophisticated modeling tools, allow accurate analysis of traffic patterns and flow under traffic load with many different road configurations.
    The idea that simply driving is sufficient qualification to design a street is absurd.  However this has not prevented a number of opinions in the Los Alamos Monitor, most recently the letter by Anthony A. Amsden.

  • How to grow green adults

    How do you grow an environmentalist?  If we want kids to care about preserving the natural world, should we teach them about the destruction of the rainforest or about endangered species dying off?   
    Research, and possibly your own personal experience, agree on the same answer — no!  
    One of the very best ways to help kids grow into adults who care about the environment is not to scare them or depress them, but to allow them to love nature.  And the best way to do that is to give them free, unrestricted play time in nature.  
    Think back to your childhood. Do you have treasured memories of playing outside?  What did you like to do?  

  • NCRTD provides positive impacts

    NCRTD in namesake was formed to provide seamless transportation to north central NM.  This mobility did not exist previously and is a successful effort between city, county and tribal entities.
    It requires dedication and foresight by all parties. No organization of this scope could flourish without growing pains; NCRTD has had its share. We cannot lose sight of the people served who have a safe and cost effect method of traveling to critical medical appointments, work or school.

  • Trinity Drive proposal is silly

    I think the proposal to reduce Trinity Drive to one lane each way is silly.  
    I hope the Los Alamos County Council has the good sense to discard it.  We know from the recent battle over Diamond Drive that county staff loves roundabouts.  
    Consultants get rich telling customers what they want to hear. Simulation studies can be loaded like dice to produce desired outcomes.  
    Voila!  Roundabouts will provide smooth, increased traffic flow with a single lane and pedestrian crosswalks.

    Joe Bergstein
    Los Alamos

  • Don’t trust false, partial data

    At the Los Alamos Transportation Board meeting at Fuller Lodge concerning Trinity Drive, I asked the MIG consultants a simple question: was there any example of a four-lane highway being narrowed down, and having its traffic flow improved?  
    Their answer was that there was one (only one?),  La Jolla Boulevard in Bird Rock, Calif., in San Diego.
    Joel Williams has done the research regarding this street. To quote the information he located, “drivers often use the interior streets to avoid the traffic and roundabouts on La Jolla Boulevard.

  • WR too often forgotten

    The article in the  April 19 Los Alamos Monitor about the CIP budget reminded me again how White Rock seemingly gets the short shrift in county government.
    There seems to be no CIP money budgeted for the White Rock revitalization scheme including the Canada Del Buey trail and N.M. 4 improvements.
    Nor is there money for roadwork in White Rock, which should include reconstruction of Ridgecrest and Meadow.
    Perhaps the changes by the county government being discussed at the Charter Review Committee should include more representation for White Rock.
     
    Paul D. Richardson II
    Los Alamos