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Today's Opinions

  • 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
     

     

  • Legacy vs. financial stability

    The headline on the front page of Wednesday’s Los Alamos Monitor, “Intern housing bleak on Hill” made me want to say, “You think?”
    The destruction of housing on Central Avenue has seriously contributed to the lack of housing for Los Alamos National Laboratory summer students as well as those who work at low paying jobs and need affordable housing.  
    Councilors Fran Berting and Jim Hall said in February  2008 that the county was purchasing the Central Avenue property with money from the Self-Sufficiency Fund to clean it up and put it into the hands of a private developer.  

  • Local T-Board at a glance

    After reading some very imaginative interpretations of what the county’s transportation board is, isn’t or should be, I feel compelled as recently elected board chair to try and dispel any misinformation about what the board is and what it is intended to be.
    The Los Alamos Transportation Board is a volunteer organization.  Like each board and commission, the job of the TB is to work with staff, review issues in the interest of the particular board, take public comment and make recommendations to council.  
    These recommendations do not have to be a reflection of public sentiment — the boards have the independence to act in what the board feels is giving its best advice.

  • Not so merry-go-round

    Razor blades are safe.  They are safe to safely use and their safe safety has been proven safe for safe use.  Safety people are safely using safety razor safety blades safely.  
    With safe safety razors, we can safely enjoy safe productive safe lives safe safe safe safe.
    Wow. Razor blades really must be safe! Welcome to Marketing 501.  
    A common technique used in presentations; repetitive repetitive repetitive reinforcement to drive drive drive into your skull the belief that something is true.  Say it enough times and it must be true.  
    And so it was with the presentation given by the California-based consulting firm at the county council meeting April 7.  

  • Just A Wag 04-22-11

    Fire officials set to retire

    Although nothing has been formally announced, we hear that Los Alamos Fire Chief Doug Tucker and Assistant Fire Chief/Fire Marshal Mike Thompson are planning to retire some time this summer.
    Tucker has 17 years of service with LAFD and   25 years with the Phoenix Fire Department. Thompson has 19 years with LAFD.

    Send us your wags

    “Just a wag” features initial snippets of news heard around town.  The wags may grow to larger stories or simply remain snippets, either way this is meant to spark interest and provide food for thought. E-mail wags to lanews@lamonitor.com.

  • Don’t forget past experiences

    How quickly we forget! Remember when Los Alamos was evacuated because of fire danger? Traffic ran rather smoothly to get us off the main hill area.
    Please don’t tell me that a two-lane Trinity Drive with one to five roundabouts is going to ease traffic during our morning, noon and evening rushes or when evacuating for another unexpected event.
    With Central Avenue now a congested area — enough is enough.

    Maxine Joppa
    Los Alamos

  • Give us four lane road

    Anthony Amsden expressed himself very well in his letter in the Los Alamos Monitor on April 17, in which he said, “Leave Trinity at 4 Lanes.”  I have watched Anthony over the years, and recognize that he is a brilliant scientist.  The Transportation Board should pay careful attention to his reasoning.

  • Plea to the council

    Let me get this straight. The county is all about supporting small businesses in Los Alamos. They want this grand municipal building to attract people to live in Los Alamos.
    So, they want Los Alamos to grow, right?  They are developing Trinity Site to attract more businesses so people won’t have to shop off the hill, right? They want to redo Trinity so it’s more pleasing to the eye. They want to reduce it to two lanes with roundabouts.
    First of all, it is a business loop for a state highway. Second, it is a main artery through town providing access to businesses. Central already gets backed up since the “reconstruction” was done to make it look “nice.”