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Today's Opinions

  • 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?  

  • 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