• Letters to the Editor 7-21-19

    Offering an Olive Branch to the Polaris Charter School Governing Board

    Dear Polaris Charter School and Governing Board,

    Congratulations on working together to complete your 338-page application. It is clear that you have worked very hard on what may seem like a dissertation without the associated degree. Your grassroots work is to be commended. In reading the proposed Polaris plan, I can see many good ideas and educational approaches. I resonate with the idea of using formative assessments to develop a growth mindset for student learning.  

    This letter is to send an open invitation to meet and work together. After all, Los Alamos is a small town and we want what is best for every child in our community. Whether the Charter is approved or not, it would be great to open a line of communication, share approaches, and maximize the very limited education resources available in our community. We may even want to hold a community meeting to seek additional input from students and parents. 

  • Letters to the Editor 7-12-19

    Watch out for that foxtail, Snoopy!

    Dear Editor,

    My name is Gwen, I am 11, and I love dogs. Around town I have been noticing a lot of foxtail grass. This time of year it turns golden and has sharp seeds. 

    If dogs get into it, it could become extremely dangerous to them because it can get under their skin and doesn’t break down causing an infection.

    If left for too long the sharp seed will move deeper and require the help of a vet for removal. Dogs with curly, long ,or thick fur are more likely to get seeds in their coats. If you see any in your dogs fur, than simply brush it out. It is best to avoid grassy, open areas, and if you find foxtail in your yard, the best thing to do is to pull it up with a pair of gloves. I hope that this letter will be useful to people who don’t know how harmful this plant is and that it will help their dogs stay safe.


    Los Alamos

  • Letters to the Editor

    More water filling stations needed at parks, summer concerts


    Dear Editor,

    Hi Parks people. I’ve been working at the summer concert Zero Waste stations for several weeks now, and we’ve had a lot of people asking for water, and especially water bottle filling stations. 

    I think these would be a great addition to our community! So many people carry their own bottles these days, yet there are few places to fill them up. Let’s keep our residents and visitors happy and hydrated!

    Thanks for considering.

    Sue Barns

    Los Alamos

  • Letters to the Editor 6-30-19

    Concerned about changes to Trinity Drive

    Dear Editor,

    I was dismayed recently to hear that the county is proposing a narrowing or “redesign” of Trinity Drive. The proposed changes, as I understand it, would reduce Trinity to one lane in each direction with a center turning lane /median with concrete cutouts similar to Central. 

    I am gravely concerned about the safety and practicality of this plan, especially as we already face a growing LANL population causing ever-longer traffic backups going off the hill during commuting hours. Since Pajarito Road was closed to the public many years ago, an increasing pressure on traffic leading off the front hill road and down the truck route has routinely made my commute to White Rock from the hospital take 40+ minutes during peak traffic hours.

    Narrowing Trinity would further add to the commute backup and congestion. This makes no sense from the standpoint of a growing workforce at LANL. From a safety perspective, how will emergency vehicles have right of way with this new design?

  • Letters to the Editor 6-30-19

    Smith’s near Monopoly in Los Alamos

    Dear Editor,

    I have lived in Los Alamos since 1980. I have appreciated having a well-stocked supermarket in town. Before Smith’s bought out Safeway, we did have Ed’s Supermarket and some C-stores for some alternative.

    When Smith’s arrived, especially after moving into Smith’s Marketplace and opening their gas station, things changed.

    Ed’s went out of business. The gas station had low prices and drove most other stations out of business. We do have the Co-op but they tend to be pricier and without the selection that Smith’s has. I did notice that when they moved into the Marketplace that their selection of groceries was reduced.

    Lately, I have noticed changes.

    The gas station has raised its prices to the extent that it pays to buy gas off the hill when possible.

    They have announced that they will no longer accept Visa cards so they can keep prices low. Prices seem to have gone up. I suspect it was to they could continue to pay their corporate managers salaries of 10’s of millions. It takes longer to checkout using a bank card.

    They are having increased problems keeping their shelves stocked recently.

  • Letters to the Editor 6-21-19

    Headline does not reflect state of oil, gas industry 

    in New Mexico


    Dear Editor,

    While I appreciate Tris DeRoma covering my recent presentation on New Mexico’s economy in Los Alamos, I believe the headline of the recent story does not fairly reflect what is happening in our State with regard to the oil and gas boom.

     The oil and gas industry is indeed booming and there should be no doubt that this newfound revenue is a good thing for our State. Unfortunately, rather than using those dollars to provide tax reform or relief to average New Mexicans, our State’s political leadership massively increased spending and has embarked on a number of special interest-driven “economic development” schemes, most notably a massive expansion of film subsidies.

    The newfound oil and gas wealth is, in other words, not to blame. Rather, it is the political leadership of New Mexico who seem inclined to squander that wealth rather than using that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to free New Mexico’s economy from onerous taxes like the gross receipts tax.

    Paul Gessing

  • Letters to the Editor 6-19-19

    Happy to not be an LANB customer

    Dear Editor

    We arrived in Los Alamos in 1967. After checking in at the lab and receiving a quad assignment, we went to LANB and opened a bank account. When they did their big computer upgrade, it was done for people who are computer literate and have smart phones. Those of us who are technophobes and have dumb phones had to stand in line time and time again to try to fix the problems we were having. I found out that the account I thought was a joint account was not. The first person listed on the account was the only one who could make major changes on the account like closing it.

    I finally switched to Del Norte. Not only was I able to navigate their web site, I was able to sign in with one password to see my checking, saving, all my CDs and my two Visa cards. I get separate statements for the credit cards, but everything else is on the front and back of one sheet of paper. The interest on the CDs is posted every month, so it is cumulative.

    When our account at LANB was closed, we received 12 statements, all multiple pages. There was a separate statement for checking, savings and each CD.

    Reading Tris DeRoma’s article on LANB’s transition made me so glad I switched to De. Norte when I did. I can just sit back and smile.

    Camille Morrison
    Los Alamos

  • Letters to the Editor 6-12-19

    Concerts should return to aprivate, local organization

    Dear Editor,

    As I drove by Ashley Pond on Friday night, May 31, my thoughts mirrored your comments when I saw the traffic and crowds and crowds of people, all standing at what used to be called  “Gordon’s Concert.”  

    I have seen lots of changes in Los Alamos since moving here in 1967 and when Russ Gordon started his concerts, first inside his store and then expanding into the parking lot, it was a wonderful gift to this community.  As you noted, people of all ages gathered, brought lawn chairs and watched the kids dance to the music.  It was a fun evening for all. That Friday night concert on May 31 had a totally different feel to it.

    I agree with you that the county should work with local and longtime business owners and return the event to a private, local organization. Another venue, perhaps Overlook Park as you suggest, would be more suitable for big, loud concerts. Thank you for sharing your views.

    Jackie MacFarlane
    Los Alamos

    Stalin not far behind Hitler

    Dear Editor,

    This is a response to Mr. T. Douglas Reilly’s recent editorial, when he reminded us of the USSR’s sacrifices during WWII.

  • Energy Bill column conflates two issues

    Dear Editor,

    Sunday’s column on the New Mexico energy bill by Victoria Gonzales conflates two issues which are not in major conflict with each other. Yes, New Mexico is a major producer of carbon-based energy products. However, it is not a major consumer of those products. Therefore, if our state moves more of its energy consumption to renewable sources of energy, the primary effect is to free more of our products for export and to produce more income here. 

    This may not be what those concerned with climate change had in mind for the energy bill, but it certainly does not have the negative effect on citizens here that Gonzales claims. 

    Terry Goldman

    Los Alamos

  • Letters to the Editor 5-29-19

    Who advocates for resident poor, labor?

    Dear Editor,

    Columnist Tom Wright (Los Alamos Monitor, May 22) alludes to the elephant in the room, apparently — if you believe Wall Street-owned media — “more jobs available than applicants” or despite 82% immigration-driven population growth of a staggering 28 million to 30 million a decade for decades, still not enough workers. 

    Democrats and others who once cared about resident laborers ignore stagnating wages, loss of benefits and low or stagnating entry-level wages that indicate a basically flooded labor market — one that Wall Street and the 1% would love to see continue.

    Might it be that we are being suckered into the highest rate of immigration in our history not because there are de facto labor shortages, but because workers can’t or won’t work for the wages offered? And what of the low end of the labor market, simultaneously hit by technology, by outsourcing and globalization and the flood of literally millions of mostly unskilled, semi-literate immigrant workers?