Today's Opinions

  • An appeal to skateboarders

    Dear Editor,

    We feel that the main thing skateboarders (SBs) want is to skate board at an approved site as soon as they can – the sooner the better. On the other side of this problem are many citizens whose main goal is to protect and preserve the library site.

    We think the SBs interest in the library site is primarily because they perceive it as being the fastest path to their goal. But, that may not be the case. The P&Z decision to use the library site is being appealed; it may be the beginning of a very long process, especially if it goes to court.

  • Granting our enemies rights

    Dear Editor,

    The Supreme Court has expanded the very definition of who is an American by granting alien combatants rights under the most sacred of U.S. founding documents, the Constitution. Our highest court in the land has fundamentally changed the very meaning of “We the People” and this could have untold negative consequences for generations to come.

  • Bringing about the end of nature

    Dear Editor,

  • Guest Opinion: Bikers beneficial to forests

    June 1 was my first trip into the forest this year, and like most years, I spent it with a dozen other motorcyclists, clearing trails. The plan was to work in the North Jemez and see how many trails we could clear in a day. How far we would get was determined by how many trees the snow and wind felled during the winter.

  • Sierra Club: Break your routine this summer

    Have a great summer, Los Alamos! The Sierra Club would like to remind everyone to make time this summer to get outside and enjoy our community. Whether you take lunch at Ashley Pond, walk with family or friends on the fabulous trails in town or hike in Bandelier National Monument, be creative and break your routine.

  • We love our tree!

    Dear Editor,

    With no notice to anyone in the community, half of the huge willow tree at Pion Elementary has been chopped down, reportedly because its roots are getting into the sewer system. A local plumber has volunteered to help reroute the sewer lines if it will save the tree. The other half of the tree was scheduled to go Monday.

    Students, parents and alumni throughout the community planned a gathering to keep that from happening. Some were on site as early as 6 a.m. A petition is also being circulated throughout the Pion district to help save the rest of the tree.

  • Let's avoid a permanent divide

    Dear Council Members,

    Irene Powell’s skate park location letter (June 5) seems to make a great deal of sense. It addresses most of the issues raised, with better solutions than we have now, while allowing for a rapid building of the skate park. It appears to be a good compromise that will give all parties what they want.

  • Los Alamos can make own future

    Dear Editor,

    Regarding the West Jemez Road Bypass (WJB), your article quoted LANL Traffic Engineer and Transportation Board member Trask as saying, “if we are going to spend money at all, then we should do it correctly.”

    Nothing could be more accurate. How incorrect it would be to spend vast sums of resident tax dollars for an expensive and unneeded long stretch of asphalt right along the edge of Los Alamos Canyon. Los Alamos County needs to get beyond the anger of DOE constructing the “toll booths” and make our own future.