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Today's Opinions

  • 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
     

     

  • 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.

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