Letters to the Editor 4-30-17

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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.
For the school bond, many seniors voted ³YES² and they didn’t have children in school anymore. It just makes our community healthier, happier, and more productive.
Why can’t we have nice facilities? We have the highest wages in the state, and most of the country for that matter. We should make our city beautiful, appealing, and functional.
We have the lowest taxes anywhere I have ever lived. If you have lived elsewhere you would completely understand this statement.
The small extra tax burden caused by the rec bond will be well worth the substantial investment in the city and improved citizen¹s quality of life.
The example I am most familiar with is hockey; a teenage hockey player and volunteer coach. We have to travel far and wide to play competitively.
We have great young athletes here. Why shouldn’t they be able to play in their hometown more often.
Why shouldn¹t they practice here instead of far outside our city limits. It¹s tiring for most families, and it is money spent elsewhere. Furthermore, a number of local sport clubs can¹t have tournaments in Los Alamos due to lack of adequate and/or official facilities. 
We spend our weekends, and money, in another city. Hosting tournaments means other families come here get to know our city through our unique history, museums, national parks, meet local people, eat in our restaurants, shop in our local stores, sleep in our hotels, ski, and hike on our trails.
We have much to be proud about, lets¹ show our visitors how great this mountain community really is.
It is crushing when we read negative letters. Please inform yourself before voting. The YMCA is hosting two Town halls in the gym to help our community make informed decisions and provide opportunities to ask questions and share concerns: April 27 5:30-6:30 p.m.and April 28, 1-2 p.m.
Recreation Bond Ballot is coming in the mail. Please “vote yes!”
Monica and Richard Van de Water
Los Alamos