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Today's Opinions

  • Elks were just asked about site

    Dear Editor,

    Over the past couple of weeks there has been a significant amount of press coverage on the Trinity and 15th option for the new Municipal Building. As an officer of the Los Alamos Lodge 2083 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, I wish to state my disappointment with county leadership and their disparaging remarks about our facility. For the past 50 years the Elks have served this community as a nonprofit volunteer organization, proudly upholding the four principles of our Order: charity, justice, brotherly love and fidelity.

  • Artwork out of place

    Dear Editor,

    Question: How do you ruin a beautiful quiet little park?

    Answer: Stick an 18-foot, purple and blue phallic piece of “art” in it!

    There is nothing wrong with the piece of art. It is just too overpowering  for this nice little park.

    Maybe the Art in Public Places Board should take another look at the aesthetic effect this thing has on this park.

    R D Little

    Los Alamos

  • We need better bike paths

    Dear Editor,

    Thank you, Mario Schillaci for your well written letter regarding the bicycle-UNfriendly nature of the pedestrian crossing islands included in the “beautification” project on Central Avenue.  

    Once again this scientific community misses an oppportunity to present its potential as progressive and exemplary in much-needed green technologies and city planning. The islands are a disaster waiting to happen, the complete opposite of bike lanes.  

  • Ken Milder has my vote

    Dear Editor,

    The folks I talk to are so proud of Ken Milder and the council for doing the job they were elected to do and making a tough decision about the skate park using their best judgment, given all the facts.

    They didn’t cower and punt to an ill-advised referendum – no – they stood firm and did what is in the best interest of all the citizens of Los Alamos, young and old, powerful and not.

  • Trinity site not good for county

    Dear Editor,

    I would like to see a cooperative market in Los Alamos and I believe that such a business would be successful, but a partnership with the county is not necessary in order to make it happen. As part of their proposal, the cooperative market developers would like us to pay for an underground parking structure at the Trinity and 15th site in addition to the cost of the new municipal building itself.

  • The bad and the good here

    There are many pluses and minuses to living here on the Hill. A quiet lifestyle, generally very peaceful days and a quality of life second to none.

    But there is a downside: vandalism.

    We seem to have our fair share of it and it is always distressing.

    The ski hill has been hit, our schools attacked, parked cars damaged and marred. It is sad.

    We don’t know exactly why someone would resort to such activities. Some people are bored here and idle hands and all that can be bad.

  • Changes in system are needed

    I received a letter a couple of weeks ago in response to a column I had written. A part of the column – I think a sentence – referred to our failing schools.

    The letter was in response to that. I tried to verify the letter but could not, so could not run it. But I know that the comments made in it are pretty universal, as I have heard them before.

    Before I go into the letter, I would like to give some of my credentials in having such an opinion of the state of our educational system.

  • Issue continues to divide

    Dear Editor,

    I’m tires of sending letters to the editor, but I must take strong disagreement with George Chandler’s dismissal of the Monitor editorial criticizing Ken Milder on the skate park referendum rejection.

    His dismissal of the editorial as “ignorant” by a putative civics New Mexico 101 lesson and some self congratulatory words about how well government functions here struck me to use another term common in political discussion today: “out of touch.”