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Today's Opinions

  • Prudent county spending?

    Most of the people in this county believe that far too much money is spent on capital projects.
    Former County Councilor Robert Gibson named a few in his excellent Letter to the Editor yesterday (Aug. 28).  
    In addition, there were near misses on a proposed Community Center and on the Bypass Road to the ski hill, which the citizens rejected.  
    Our library is shaped like a bird for no substantive reason, and is certainly not an efficient design.
    The aquatic center, never favored by voters, has required major repairs.  
    Rather than properly maintain the municipal building and golf facility, they were torn down,  to be replaced by cavernous (Gibson’s term) new facilities.  

  • Keep Trinity Drive four lanes

    Sept. 6, 7 p.m., at the community building the county council will make a final vote on changing Trinity Drive to two lanes with nine roundabouts.  
    The cost is estimated at $40 million!  
    Please attend  this vital meeting.

    Phyllis B. Holland
    Los Alamos

     

  • Smith's is dragging its feet

    In a recent Los Alamos Monitor story on the status of the Trinity Site development, referring to people’s comments on what they would like to see in the development, George Chandler of the Trinity Site Revitalization Committee is quoted as saying, “They always like to say Walmart. But Walmart will always say that they’re interested, because they like to tie up a piece of land and just sit on it.”  
    Just sitting on land sounds terrible! However, Smith’s, not Walmart, is the company that has been dragging their feet for years, first with Boyer and now with NADG.

  • Seeking a balanced transportation system

    The results of a recent license plate survey taken along Trinity Drive have shown us that Trinity is not just a bypass for commuters driving to work.
    Even during peak commuting hours, less than half the drivers actually continue through to the bridge on Diamond Drive.
    The majority of turn off onto Central Drive or Canyon Road or stop somewhere along Trinity Drive.
    As a matter of fact, there are lots of people living along Trinity, working along Trinity and shopping along Trinity – so Trinity is much more than a commuter road, it is a destination for many.  
    And therefore, the design of Trinity Drive must accommodate many different users and uses.
    Our transportation corridors should offer a balance of mobility options.

  • Spirit is my sixth sense

    September is ovarian cancer awareness month, and, as a survivor, it always reminds me that life is definitely a journey.
    Most of us forget to value what we find most precious, and many just get lost in the day to day humdrum of the 24 hour cycle.
    Sometimes it just takes a good day to re-find our spirit. But other times it takes a miracle.
    It had been a tough couple of years. I often joked that when our container of possessions came over to the states from England in January 2001, a giant mirror must have broken on the ship, because it definitely felt like we were getting a lot of bad luck.

  • Comments are seconded

    We appreciated Jody Sheppard’s positive approach in her “Seven quick comments” Letter to the Editor last week.
     We would like to second her number one and number seven comments.
     “1.  What is behind this dreadful traffic-circle idea?  Leave Trinity Drive alone!”
     “7.  Please reread #1.”
     Thank you for saying it well for many Los Alamos residents and commuters, Ms. Sheppard.
     
    Jim and Nerita Collier
    Los Alamos

     

  • Family full of gratitude

    The family of George O. Bjarke would like to express their appreciation to all of the wonderful people of Los Alamos.  During the recent weeks, while my father was battling Alzheimer’s, so many people reached out to help us.  
    The Los Alamos Medical Center Emergency Department, the nurses and doctors in the hospital, the staff at Sombrillo, the Los Alamos Visiting Home Nurses and hospice care and EMTs were all excellent in their care for him.
    Dr. Church and his staff were very caring for many months and years. Our neighbors provided comfort and food for our family.  
    The outpouring of love from family, friends, the Elks, LAPS and Southwest Airlines has been so appreciated.
    Thank you for all of your care.

  • Helicopters needed

    On Aug. 6, the U.S. lost 30 special forces troops, including 22 Navy SEALS in a helicopter shot down over Afghanistan. These people were the elite of our military who have trained for these missions over many years.
    We have suffered similar losses in prior missions where helicopters loaded with military personnel have been shot down or crashed due to equipment problems.  
    Helicopters are relatively slow moving vehicles, especially the large Chinook helicopters, which operate in close proximity to the ground.  
    They make easy targets for rocket propelled grenades and hand held missile systems. We need missile and RPG counter measure defensive systems to protect our vulnerable helicopters.