Letters to the Editor 12-8-17

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$7 million Kiddie Pool with a $34 million
Cash Cow

Dear Editor,
Earlier this year, County Councilor Chris Chandler told us that what the voters would decide in the REC Bond election, would become the “Council’s marching orders.” So I ask, was a $5 million or a $7 million kiddie pool the voters’ “marching orders”? A $5 million pool was questionable. But $7 million? Citizens voiced their opinions and made their voices heard on May 23, 2017.
We had hoped that our County Council would vote on what the majority wanted. Democracy in action. Apparently, that was asking too much.
Further, Councilor Susan O’Leary told us that “if the bond fails, $7 million in CIP funds allocated to the projects is likely to be distributed to non-recreation projects vying for that money.” If only voters had known what this actually meant: “if the bond fails, $7 million in CIP funds will be distributed for an expanded kiddie pool.” Unbelievable!
A $7 million kiddie pool means new, excessive and perpetual operations and maintenance losses that will inevitably result in higher taxes. I have repeatedly proposed alternative means of expanding our Aquatic Center, in a fiscally responsible and sustainable way. If we deplete all of our CIP funds, what about the infrastructure for new housing? What about our roads and emergencies that may arise with our existing facilities?
The council should wait for the Los Alamos National Laboratory contract to be awarded in April 2018, before engaging in capital projects beyond our means. Throughout my campaign against the REC Bond, I was told not to worry about the potential loss of GRT revenues. Yet, just last week, Council Chair David Izraelevitz expressed “grave concern” regarding the situation.
Can we really demand that our state Legislature further complicate the tax code and tax a non-profit entity to keep our cash cow? I don’t think so.
If we lose $34 million/year in GRT revenues, we will need to adjust our budget and our spending accordingly. Let’s vote in a new County Council for 2018 that will be accountable, responsible, prudent and wise with American tax dollars and our public resources.
Lisa Shin
Los Alamos

Thankful for the council’s dedication, commitment

Dear Editor,
I would like to thank each member of the County Council for their dedication and commitment in deciding how to best use the current CIP funds during last night’s council meeting.
Through your hard work and creative thinking you were able to stretch limited dollars into much needed recreational facilities. Now our community can look forward to improvements to the golf course and ice rink.
Young children can enjoy a splash pad in White Rock geared for them. And last but not least our community can provide an exciting safe place for children to learn to swim. Collectively, you have become, at least in my memory, the first council to dedicate the entire CIP funding towards recreation and you did so despite being subjected to many contentious meetings. 
In one evening you have created the potential for a happier, healthier community. Again, thank you so much.
Shelby Redondo
Los Alamos

Trump condones China›s press restrictions
Dear Editor,
President Trump refused to take reporters questions during his visit to China. He succumbed to Chinese insistence that no questions be allowed from the press.
Communist China, along with other communist countries, prohibits freedom of the press. The Chinese government controls the press and tells the press what to publish. China is afraid to open up the press to the public because the communist shortcomings will be exposed, and it could lead to unrest and the pursuit of democratic freedoms.
Unfortunately, Trump went along with the Chinese restrictions on the press as a bargaining chip in his quest to have China eliminate all trade with North Korea.
Trump›s views about the press fit in with communist China’s restrictions on their media outlets, because Trump would like to control the U.S. press and its reporting on his presidency.
Freedom of the press is a hallmark of a democracy.
Donald Moskowitz
Londonderry, NH

Chrobocinski will prevail in White Rock

Dear Editor,
James Chrobocinski will prevail. We will have fine dining in White Rock.
The owners of Time Out Pizza bought the old McDonald’s in WR and spent a lot of time and money refurbishing it. When they wanted to expand to Los Alamos, they tried to lease the place where Domino’s is located. They were told they didn’t want a pizza place there, so they leased the place where Subway and Otowi Station had been located. It took a long time for it to be refurbished. When the lease wasn’t renewed, they leased the place that the 50-year-old laundromat had been. The end of the remodeling is finally in sight.
That must be why the county wants to bring in chains for the tourists. They insist on new buildings.
All the buildings in the village will probably stay the way they are until they fall down. Who can afford to bring them up to code or demolish them?
Camille Morrison
Los Alamos