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Today's Opinions

  • Letter to the Editor 5-10-17

    Vote yes ­– don’t let perfect be the enemy of very good

    Dear Editor,
    I am writing in support of the Rec Bond. After a year and a half of public meetings and countless hours of staff and volunteer research and planning, the county has put together a well thought out package of recreation projects. These facilities will help meet the needs of young families, student athletes and adults of all ages. They will also help increase our property values, benefit our schools and make Los Alamos a more attractive place to live for new hires to the Lab.
    I believe passing the recreation bond will help move Los Alamos county forward. It’s very unlikely that my family will use every facility regularly and that¹s OK.  However, they will provide many residents and visitors with new and better recreation options, and that makes Los Alamos a stronger, healthier community.
    Is the plan perfect? Probably not, but that is an impossible standard to meet when trying to meet the needs and wants of all kinds of stakeholders.
    This is, however, a very good plan to upgrade our recreation options. Please don’t let Perfect be the enemy of Very Good. Vote yes for the Rec Bond.
    Ellen Ben-Naim
    Los Alamos

  • Letters to the Editor 5-7-17

    Thankful for completed crosswalk project

    Dear Editor,
    As I was walking the loop in White Rock this morning, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the site preparation for the crosswalk I requested at Rover and Bryce has started.
    On June 6, I wrote a letter to Public Works listing all the reasons a crosswalk is needed. A short time later, a Public Works employee stopped by my house and said they agreed with me but site prep would have to be done first.
    It never happened and I knew the reason was no money. I wrote to the County Council on April 10 and asked if they could help. I was called by someone in Public Works and told that they were able to allot $30,000 to the project but it could take up to four months to do it. I told him that was fine but if it wasn’t done in four months I would be presenting the County Council with a petition.
    I want to thank both the County Council and Public Works for the timely response to something which has been needed for years. Public Works should not have to rob Peter to pay Paul for a crosswalk. If the county doesn’t have the money to fund necessary work to our streets and roads, we are in big trouble. It is a lot cheaper to maintain what we have then to build something new.
    Camille Morrison
    Los Alamos

    Cost of Rec Bond is

  • Letter to the Editor 5-5-17

    Life-size sculpture of Russ Gordon proposed

    Dear Editor,
    I just learned that 2017 will be Russ Gordon’s last summer concert series. Like thousands of residents, I have greatly enjoyed Gordon’s Summer Concerts over the past 30 years and for more than a decade, my wife and I have contributed a few hundred dollars each year to Russ’ program. I hope, somehow, that the Summer Concert tradition will be continued indefinitely, but for now, I wish to initiate lasting recognition of the effort Russ has made towards our community’s wellbeing. Russ’ initiative has been truly a ‘Labor of Love’ that will be greatly missed and potentially very difficult to replace.
    I am willing to take the lead on obtaining a life-size sculpture of Russ, somewhat suggested by the photo of Russ shows in the Los Alamos Daily Post’s April 27 issue. Ideally, the sculpture would be ready for dedication at Gordon’s last Ashley Pond concert on Sept. 8.

  • Hang on to your socks, it’s May

    Can you believe we have arrived at May? As friend of mine use to say, “Hang onto your socks.”

    If you’re the parents of a senior, enjoy every breath taking moment and hold your breath or at least your tongue, when you wonder just for a moment how your senior would forget to do, say or tell you that. 

    You may find a point where you question your parenting because you are pretty sure you taught them this or that, just chalk it up to the old saying, “It’s May.”

    One of the most important things to be aware of is Mental Health Awareness month. It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about someone five, 55 or a 105, try and cut everyone some slack as pressures heat up and tensions never seem to cool down.

    Somehow it will all get done and we think it will slow down, but alas, it won’t, we just like to think it might for a minute or two.

    The 40 Developmental Assets have never been more important for this time of year, this moment in time, this place in history. We have to rally around our community members, our youth and help them build resilience factors or Assets.

  • Letters to Editor

    Road repairs already on track; focus on rec bond

     

    Dear Editor,

    When I hear people saying “roads first” in response to the Rec Bond, I’m sympathetic. I also drive down Trinity and despair at the crumbling curbs. 

    The thing is, Trinity Drive is a state road it’s NM 502, which continues along East Road. Other roads folks are complaining about are state-owned as well: the Truck Route and the whole stretch of NM 4, from the Y through White Rock and out to Bandelier. Rendija Road to the Sportsmen¹s Club is a forest road. 

    If people want these roads fixed, they should appeal to the state, not the county. The Rec Bond has nothing to do with these roads, nor does it have anything to do with eyesores such as Mari-Mac, which is owned by Smith¹s. The county can enforce code violations, but it cannot repair infrastructure it doesn’t own.

    I encourage others to call or email the Public Works department for info on infrastructure. 

    In addition to the above facts, I learned that there¹s a five-year plan to rebuild the few county roads that need it, with an $18.4 million budget already adopted by the County Council. 

  • Letters to the Editor 4-30-17

    LANL, LANS’s reason for nixing daycare is puzzling

    Dear Editor,
    At a recent annual presentation to community leaders in Santa Fe by the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the National Nuclear Security, Administration (U.S. Department of Energy), a participant asked if LANL could offer child care for its employees. 
    The response from both Laboratory Director Charlie McMillan and Kim Davis Lebak of DOE/NNSA was “no” for liability reasons.
    The National Laboratory that developed the first nuclear weapon in the history of mankind is concerned about the liability of a child care center. 
    Think about it.
    Jack Sullivan
    Los Alamos

    Have open mind for Rec Bond vote

    Dear Editor,
    Please read, and please have an open mind. Our family always says, options are always better than no options!
    Even if you don¹t care, or don’t like it, consider “voting yes” to the upcoming rec bond. There are many families in Los Alamos that do want these recreational facilities.
    We should support that desire and the excitement that it is generating. When the seniors needed money for improving the senior center, many of us voted “yes.” How does that benefit me? I’m not a senior.

  • Government should tighten belt, not raise taxes

    BY REP. RICK LITTLE
    New Mexico House of Representatives, R-Doña Ana and Otero Counties

  • Letters to the Editor 4-21-17

    The cautionary tale of the golf course

    When the county’s consultants asked which recreation projects were most favored, golf course work was just about last on the list. Yet it gets a $4.5 million piece of the bond pie.
    Why? “Because,” as Mallory so nicely put it, “it’s there.”
    So much has been invested that it’s nearly unthinkable to do anything other than maintain and upgrade the course, even though most taxpayers either don’t care or actively wish it were gone. They’d probably be annoyed to learn it costs the county about half a million dollars a year out-of-pocket just to keep it going. The proposed rec center will be about as expensive, not including the cost of construction.
    The real rule is: if you build it, you will pay. And pay. The bond alone will last long enough that many of your kids will get to pay off some of it, but the maintenance and upgrades will be the gift that keeps on giving, long enough for their kids to ante up too.
    But by then, some other sports facility will be the hot ticket. Enthusiasm for new toys can fade fast, but the credit card bill doesn’t care.
    David North
    Los Alamos

    Thank you, Los Alamos!