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Today's Opinions

  • Johnson could inject dose of reality in to presidential race

    A comment I used to hear a lot during Gary Johnson’s two terms as governor was, “Gary is just Gary.”
    Gary being Gary made him an ineffective governor, but as a candidate for president? Bring him on!
    That’s because, in these times of the coached, coifed and vacuum-sealed candidate with the entourage of handlers and spinners, the candidate who manages to be just himself is a breath of fresh air.
    When Johnson makes a statement, we know it’s his honest opinion and not the product of focus groups and polls.
    Johnson doesn’t pander.

  • Homework needs to be done

    Several of my friends have written letters to the Los Alamos Monitor objecting to reducing Trinity Drive from four to two lanes. Others object to the entire concept of traffic roundabouts.
    I for one haven’t decided which side is right. The main I agree it is intuitive that reducing from four lanes to two would cause a traffic jam at peak hours, but I got to wondering how we know this.  
    In short, most people don’t know much about traffic and so have written their opinions, and while opinions can be correct, we need something more substantial.   
    What do we really know about efficient traffic and other benefits of two lanes vs four?

  • Family appreciates outpouring

    On behalf of the family of George Anderson, we would like to sincerely thank the community of Los Alamos, Bethlehem Lutheran Church and Kathleen Hoverson for their outpouring of love and support after the sudden loss of Joann  Anderson on April 12.  
    Nearly 170 people attended her memorial service, and  we were so touched by the large amounts of cards, meals and words of  support.  
    We know Joann is smiling down on the community she called ‘home’ for so many years.  
    Peace and blessings to you all!  

    George, Mark, Chris, Kathy,
    Rachel, Sean and Matthew Anderson

     

  • Keep supporting librarians

    I  appreciate the Los Alamos Monitor’s coverage of the recent school board meeting and the reflection of community support for our school libraries. However, in fairness there are items I need  to correct.
    Kurt and I announced our retirement in March. I expected my part-time library position to be eliminated. I am grateful that the school board gave me this year to formalize procedures, work with vendors, and lighten (but not eliminate) the cataloging load.
    It was Piñon librarian Maxine Schmidt who more recently announced her retirement.
    Suddenly the “shared librarian” information appeared on the district website as “White Rock Library News!”

  • 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?