Readers comment on various reports at lamonitor.com

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One of the enhanced features of lamonitor.com is the capability readers now have to interact through comments at the conclusion of every article published on the site. This gives you the ability to instantaneously communicate your thoughts to the greater online community that lamonitor.com represents.

Here's a random sampling of some recent comments readers have shared on a variety of topics:

On the termination of former Asst. County Administrator Diana Stepan, SallyeS said, "I want more info on the Diana Stepan firing. She was always helpful and effective when I went to the county for various reasons, and I want to know the reasons why the acting administrator fired her. I am wondering if this is retribution against a whistle-blower, and I would think she would have plenty of ammunition if she lawyers up now."

When the Los Alamos Monitor reported that Stepan had hired an attorney and might sue the county over the loss of her $146,000 a year job, Chris Fischahs had this to say: "Put your big girl panties on, Howdy-Doody. (Look on the bright side, unemployment benefits have been extended for 99 weeks.)"

"Try using the one roundabout in the morning when kids are going to Barranca and the Middle School and workers are going to work to see how continuous it isn't! Wouldn't it be cheaper to simply install traffic sensors at the traffic signals than to subject the traffic flow to literally years of construction related disruption? Of course, traffic sensors only work if they're programmed properly. I counted no less than 3 sensors of some type at each corner of Orange/Trinity (12+ total) and I still have to cut through the High School parking lot to get out in less than 5 minutes of idling, especially in the morning!" AboveThe Clouds wrote in reference to the ongoing discussion about reworking Trinity Drive.

In one of the lamonitor.com forums on Quality of Life in Los Alamos, Michael1jCi had this to say: "We are a one horse town. My greatest fear is that Los Alamos is running the risk of being putout to pasture because they only thing that keeps this town limping on is the Lab. What will happen when the next round of downsizing hits hard or half the work force finally retires? It's hard for me to stress only one thing, I find Los Alamos to be a strange and confusing town to live in. With the blatantly inflated prices and service with an attitude it becomes easy to understand why so many individuals choose to shop and eat off the Hill. Combine this with the strange hours that local business keep the problem gets worse. It feels like so much of the town opens at 6am to closes by 9am only to reopen for 1 hour at Noon and again only open between 3-7pm. How does anyone in Los Alamos stay in business like that?"

In viewing the video on recent repairs to a ruptured water main and the surrounding sinkhole, EmmRoj said, "Why are there 8 PAID employees watching ONE digging out the sinkhole?
This is the epitome of all those cartoons about govt waste..."

"I couldn't agree more with the premise of this article. Eleven years ago, we were comforted by an outpouring of support from northern New Mexico communities, many of which were badly hit by the gas shortage. I do understand that there seemed to be valid reasons to keep school open but at an intangible cost that could end up being far higher than the financial one. If we in LA had sent school busses to bring kids up here to shelter in our school, I would have been far more impressed. If we had used email and social networking to gather space heaters, blankets, down clothing, wood, and the like, to bring down to our valley neighbors, that also would have been wonderful. Social media and emails managed, in one day, to come to the aid of the Espanola Animal Shelter; are students and families less important. WE not only lost the perception battle, but we also lost a wonderful opportunity to return some aid and comfort to those who so freely gave to us in our hours of need. Shame on us!!!," jodym said in reference to a recent opinion piece regarding the county and school's decision to remain open during the natural gas shortage.

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